Camp, fish, bike: Apps for the great outdoors

Last updated: May 23, 2018

Cool lakes, warm breezes, long roads, and winding trails. We love the great outdoors — especially when we’re prepared for it. With these five handy apps, you’ll be ready to fish, climb mountains, and cycle like a pro.
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Why we love this
  1. 1Find a customized route for your next cycling, mountain biking, running, or hiking journey
  2. 2See helpful route details like difficulty, surface (paved, asphalt, or cobblestone), and elevation profile
  3. 3Get offline maps and turn-by-turn navigation (both of which are premium features, but free for one region)
Choose a starting point and destination, and Komoot will suggest a “tour” for you. You can view highlights like campgrounds and peaks on a map, then use them as waypoints. There’s no straightforward way to search for tours, but you can log your own with GPS and share it on your profile with photos and tips.

AllTrails: Hiking, Running & Mountain Bike Trails

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Why we love this
  1. 1The ultimate trail finder: Explore hiking and biking routes with a slick search tool and helpful details
  2. 2Browse the map or search by city, park, or trail name — then filter by length, difficulty, and more
  3. 3Read reviews with photos so you know what to expect before you go
Whittle down your options from over 50,000 trails with the help of filters like elevation gain, route type (out-and-back, loop, or point-to-point), and “dog-friendly.” There’s no turn-by-turn navigation, but with a Pro membership (annual or lifetime), you can download maps and track your GPS location on the trail, even while offline.
Why we love this
  1. 1The hiking app for those at home in the backcountry: Hit the trail with topographic maps and offline tools
  2. 2Navigate offline with downloadable routes, detailed maps (including free and premium options), and a compass
  3. 3Augmented reality feature “Skyline” identifies and labels peaks and other points of interest up to 20 miles away
What ViewRanger lacks in intuitive design, it makes up for in technical features. Discover trails — featuring guides from users and publications like Backpacker magazine — or plot your own. You can even record your journey and see stats like your current pace, bearing, and waypoint ETA. Stay safe along the way by sharing your location with “BuddyBeacon.”

National Parks by Chimani

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Why we love this
  1. 1Explore national parks, seashores, and historical sites around the country with this info-packed planning guide
  2. 2Interactive, downloadable maps feature hikes, campgrounds, fishing spots, restrooms, and more
  3. 3See descriptions of hikes and other attractions, with stats, GPS coordinates, and related points of interest
Chimani is a helpful tool for researching and navigating National Park Service properties across the country. Enjoy personalized activity suggestions, and track both where you’ve been and where you want to go. There's plenty of detail for each park in individual guides, though inconveniently, each is a standalone app.

Fishing Points: GPS, Tides & Fishing Forecast

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Why we love this
  1. 1A must for fishing enthusiasts: Plan your next trip to the lake, river, or open sea, and log your catches
  2. 2Save and revisit your fishing locations, trotlines, and trolling paths with Google Maps integration and offline mode
  3. 3View tide, weather, solunar, and fish activity predictions, with optional notifications for high fish activity
Navigate to your fishing spots — and plan your next outing — with this handy angler’s companion. You can keep a fishing log with details like photos, weight and length, plus climate conditions. Paid subscriptions unlock features like unlimited location saving, future forecasts, and offline nautical maps.
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