TrailWatch: Your Best Hiking Guide
Hike with a purpose: join us in protecting Hong Kong’s country parks!
TrailWatch is the first smartphone app in Hong Kong that combines conservation with the appreciation for Hong Kong’s country parks.
When you hike with TrailWatch, you can track your hikes in real-time using GPS, and help surveil the countryside by reporting unusual incidents. You can also plan and share your trails, as well as check out routes created by other users.
Enjoy. Share. Protect.
Hiking record: Supplement records of your hikes with your own photos and statistics calibrated by the app, including elevation, length, distance, speed, calories burnt etc.
Browse routes: Find feature trails or routes near you and bookmark them—or customise them to suit your needs! Search for featured and routes near you and start tracking, or modify and bookmark them to suit your preferences
Plan routes: Plot routes simply by tapping the start and end points—and the app will map the rest of the trail for you. If you wish, you may personalise the route and add points of interest.
Invite friends: Create a group tracking event and send your TrailWatch friends an invitation! The invitation will contain everything your friends need to know, including route details, where to meet, and so on.
Locate friends: Using internet data, members of a group tracking event can identify the real-time locations of all participants. This means even those who have wandered off course can be located.
Share photos: All photos taken by group members can be automatically uploaded to the group tracking event and shared with all members without making additional settings.
See who finished fastest: The time spent by each individual group member to complete a group tracking event will be published on a list after the event has ended.
Safeguard our trails: Users are encouraged to monitor and protect country parks by reporting unusual incidents during their hikes. “Concrete Path,” a new category of incidents, allows users to report concrete paved walkways along trails.
TrailWatch offers four kinds of maps: the TrailWatch HK Map, TrailWatch Terrain Map, Open Cycle Map, and MapBox Streets Map.
TrailWatch is a mobile application and online community that enables individuals, groups and institutions to track their hikes, organise events, share their hiking experiences with other users and help surveil the conditions of Hong Kong’s country parks. Users can also access TrailWatch’s library Creative Commons images for noncommercial use to facilitate education and encourage discussion.
TrailWatch is funded by WYNG Foundation, which was formed in 2011 with the aim of empowering individuals and institutions through education, research and engagement. WYNG Foundation supports platforms for the exchange of information, providing opportunities to acquire, exchange, disseminate and to apply knowledge to enhance the development of a society that cares.