Category Archives: hikes

Complete National Geographic Pacific Crest Trail Maps Now Available in Gaia GPS

Now, you can hike the Pacific Crest Trail with digital maps born of a partnership between National Geographic Maps and Halfmile. In 2017, National Geographic teamed up with thru-hiker and mapmaker Lon “Halfmile” Cooper to produce maps that included both NatGeo’s meticulous cartography and Halfmile’s firsthand notes and insider information. The result contains careful annotations… Read More »

The Best National Parks to Visit in October, Plus Top Recommended Hikes

Once a year, fleeting reds, yellows, and oranges light up national parks across the country. Hikers favor fall for its crisp cool air, stunning scenery and fewer crowds that make the trails more enjoyable. So, if you’re looking to take in the foliage from the trail, how do you choose which parks to visit of… Read More »

Using the Gaia GPS App on Your Thru-Hike

First off, congratulations: If you’re reading this, you’ve either committed to going on one of the most memorable adventures of your life, or you’re seriously considering it. The people you meet, the landscapes you see, and the experiences you have—whether it’s downing a half gallon of ice cream in Cumberland Valley, or dodging a bear… Read More »

Top 10 Day Hikes Near Seattle

A city ringed by emerald waters, glaciated volcanoes, and jagged peaks, Seattle has no shortage of great hikes within a short drive of downtown. But with so many options, the biggest challenge is deciding where to start. Save yourself some time and reference this guide for the best trails and views within a 3-hour drive… Read More »