Category Archives: How-To

Hiking in Hunting Season: Top 7 Safety Tips

Cool temps and active wildlife make fall popular among both hikers and hunters—and the prospect of crossing paths with a loaded firearm leaves plenty of hikers with concerns. The good news is that, nowadays, hiking during hunting season is pretty safe. Most hunters are conscientious, and incidents are becoming almost non-existent. Pennsylvania, for example, saw… Read More »

The Art of Layering : What to Wear While Winter Hiking

How to Layer while Hiking in the Winter

When it comes to layering for winter hiking, seemingly tiny decisions can make or break a trip. Sure, snowy landscapes and crisp mornings sound great in theory, but in cold weather, the stakes are higher, and wearing the wrong clothes can leave you either too cold or too damp from sweat—both of which can lead… Read More »

Why You Should Always Print Maps Online with Gaia GPS

Mobile apps like Gaia GPS make it possible for everyone to have a high-end navigation tool in their pocket for a fraction of the price. Avid hikers and backpackers download maps to access them offline and use GPS to show their location anywhere in the world. Printed maps offer a super lightweight backup mechanism for… Read More »

Introducing Gaia GPS Team Accounts

Create a Team on gaiagps.com to outfit your professional organization with Gaia GPS, including all the maps and benefits of a Premium Membership. Manage team members, pay for the team from an official account, and replace your dedicated GPS devices with the best outdoor mapping app. When you open a team account, you’ll get the… Read More »

Using Gaia GPS to Find Free Camping in National Forests

Using Gaia GPS to Find Free Camping in National Forests

Many National Forests across the United States allow free dispersed camping. This post will show you how to use Gaia GPS to find free camping spots before heading out and navigate when you get there. Dispersed camping refers to camping outside of established campgrounds, typically with no amenities like bathrooms or running water. Sites vary… Read More »

All New Trails Search Powered by OpenStreetMap — the Largest Open Trail Catalog in the World

Search for trails and plan your next trip faster than ever with a new search engine on gaiagps.com. Send trails, waypoints and download maps directly to your mobile device. OpenStreetMap powers the new search, allowing you to find your next adventure using the largest and most up to date open trail and POI database in… Read More »

Gaia GPS v1.1 for iOS with USFS Motor Vehicle Use Maps

Interactive United States Forest Service’s popular Motor Vehicle Use Maps — now available in Gaia GPS version 1.1 for iOS. Also in this update, two finger map rotation and course-up mode lock. Read about the next generation Gaia GPS here and download it on the App Store today. Interactive Road Access Information Available as an… Read More »

Import Tracks from Dropbox

While there are several methods to import GPX/KML into Gaia GPS, many users find it convenient to bring in files via Dropbox. Check out these freshly updated help articles for iOS and Android to import using Dropbox. For iOS, we added this video to the Help documentation to step you through the Dropbox import steps.… Read More »

Create a Route Anywhere with Hybrid Routing

A hybrid route from Curecanti Creek to Blue Mesa Reservoir, Gunnison County, CO.

You can now plan a “hybrid” trip that mixes snap-to-trail and straight-line segments on gaiagps.com. While you could create each of these route types separately before, you couldn’t combine them. With this improvement, if trails don’t exist for a section of your route, the planner generates a straight-line path instead. After completing the route, you’ll… Read More »