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Get out of here! Seriously. We’ve got the 15 best hiking apps to help you do it

If you’ve been cooped up all winter, like some of us here at Digital Trends, you’re excited that temperatures are finally starting to rise. Winter is releasing us from its icy grasp and the weather is getting nice and warm. It’s time to enjoy the great outdoors. We’ve been scouring the app stores in search of handy hiking aids, camping help, and adventure apps. If you’re heading out into the wild and leaving your modern comforts behind, just make sure you install these apps first, and don’t forget your smartphone!

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Yonder

Yonder Android

If you’re a lover of the outdoors, you may want to share your experiences with other outdoor junkies. Yonder allows you to easily share your experiences when it comes to hiking, camping, and biking. It acts like a social media network for the those that enjoy the great outdoors. Yonder isn’t just a social app, however. The other half of the app is aimed at exploration, and such being the case, it allows you to see experiences close to you. You can also view shared images, which is helpful when you’re searching for something to do.

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Geocaching

Geocaching Apple

Want more of a challenge when hiking? Geocaching is basically a modern day treasure hunt, one that requires players to hide small items and tokens before posting their GPS coordinates in the Geocaching app. The app features an upward of 2 million treasures, and utilizes your phone’s GPS to help you find them. It even provides recommendations and tips for beginners.

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Leafsnap

Leafsnap Apple

Maybe birds aren’t your thing — maybe you’re more into flora than fauna. If that’s the case, Leafsnap is the app for you. Leafsnap is a joint project between Columbia University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution. It uses visual recognition technology to help you identify what species of tree a leaf is from — just take a photo and the app will tell you what you’re looking at. The app doesn’t just identify leaves, though. It also offers hi-resolution photos of bark, fruit, and flowers, which can help in the identification process.

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AllTrails

AllTrails Apple

With 50,000 trail guides in the U.S. and Canada alone, it’s not too difficult to work out why the AllTrails app has more than 1.5 million users. It’s an easy way to find trails near you, whether you want a gentle hike, a bone-rattling mountain bike track, or a great spot for some fly-fishing. You can create your own trails with GPS tracking, photos, and text, and save them for later or share them with others. If you are willing to splash out $30 per year for a membership, then you get the pro version, which takes advantage of a partnership with National Geographic Maps, and gives you the ability to print and edit maps. There are also events, such as the World Elevation Challenge, which lets participants to compete and track their progress in real-time as they scale Matterhorn, Kilimanjaro, Mount McKinley, and Everest.

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MapMyHike GPS Hiking

MapMyHike GPS Hiking Apple

Looking for an app to track your hike or cycle? This one will provide you with detailed feedback on your route, your average pace, distance covered, calories burned, and a whole lot more. It’s geared towards workouts, but it has a number of features that make it ideal for anyone looking to record hiking routes and share them easily. You can also find popular local routes and compete with others to record the best times. If you sign up for the premium version at $6 per month, there’s a live tracking feature that lets you keep tabs on your hiking buddies in real time, heart rate analysis, audio coaching, and route recommendations.

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MotionX GPS ($2)

MotionX GPS Apple

For iOS, we recommend the MotionX GPS app. It offers a good selection of free topographical maps and marine charts. It also supports GPS navigation, without the need for cell service, but you will need to splash out on in-app purchases if you want to increase your GPS waypoint limit. GPS will work without cellular service, but you need to download maps and other data for where you’re hiking in advance of your trip.

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