Backpacker GPS Trails Lite

Backpacker GPS Trails Lite

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Backpacker’s GPS Trails Lite doubles as a portable trip database and personal navigation device for your outdoor lifestyle: hiking, backpacking, camping, mountaineering, or for just basic trail navigation. GPS Trails Lite works in remote places like national parks, wilderness areas, and backcountry spots without relying on data and cell signals.

Try the free app then upgrade to GPS Trails Pro for even more features, including:

* Create map packs to store maps on your phone. This app allows you to save topos (MyTopo), aerials (Bing), streets (OSM), and terrain (OCM) map types.
* Get worldwide aerial images on your phone. Our app gives you rare access to view and store offine aerial imagery from Bing maps.
* Shoot video and geotag it to an exact location on a map. Save videos to YouTube account.
* Convert lat/long coordinates to UTM and NAD 27 map datum to sync with paper maps for advanced navigation in the field.
* No ads. Say goodbye to advertisements that occupy valuable screen space for navigating.

With GPS Trails Lite, you can:

Turn your phone into a GPS: Navigate via precise satellite signals in and out of cell network.

Capture waypoints: Mark campsites, trailheads, water sources, summits, and more.

Track every step: Record or follow your tracks and routes. See compass essentials too.

Share your trip: Post adventures to, Twitter and Facebook.

View maps: See street maps, aerial photos, hybrid street/aerial maps, and topo maps provided by MyTopo. Please note: Upgrade to GPS Trails Pro to store maps on your Android phone.

View stats: See 10 stats, including elevation, speed, and distance.

Download Pro Trips: Follow our step-by-step trail guides of popular trails and lesser-known routes in national parks, national forests, and local parks, including Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, Glacier, Rocky Mountain, White Mountains, Adirondacks, Catskills, Zion, Arches, Canyonlands, Acadia, Mount Rainier, Everglades, Olympic, and more. Find hikes near major cities: New York City, Seattle, Portland, LA, Denver, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, and more. Plus find section hikes on the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail.

Search trips: Find thousands of trips shared by the Backpacker editors and the community.

Plan trips: Plan trips with map tools at and wirelessly sync them to Backpacker GPS Trails app. You can mark points, draw tracks, upload GPS files, print maps, and more. (requires membership)

Get published: Every month the editors at Backpacker handpick adventures shared by its online community to be published in the magazine. Kickstart your adventure writing and photography career with GPS Trails.

NEW: Plug in statewide topo maps into your Android with our new SD cards. Learn more at:

Supported Phones: GPS Trails Lite is designed and optimized for the Android phones.

Battery Life: While we optimize our code to cut down on power requirements, continued use of the GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. For longer dayhikes or overnight trips, we suggest packing lightweight battery packs.

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Backpacker brings the outdoors straight to the reader's doorstep, inspiring and enabling them to go more places and enjoy nature more often. The authority on active adventure, Backpacker is the world's first GPS-enabled™ magazine and website, and the only outdoor media whose editors and network of map contributors personally map the hiking trails they publish.

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Recently changed in this version

* Fixed a potential crash when updating a POI with media

Comments and ratings for Backpacker GPS Trails Lite
  • (70 stars)

    by kelley mosteller on 02/07/2014

    Gets me to were I need to go back to!! Dahhhhhhhh

  • (70 stars)

    by Greg B on 29/06/2014

    Wasted my time by claiming it is a free app. Topo maps for New Hampshire are $19.99 each. And the hike I'm doing crosses maps - $40 for this free app. C'mon! Just charge for the app! I refuse to pay for anything you label as "free". Liars!

  • (70 stars)

    by Dan Pearson on 28/06/2014


  • (70 stars)

    by larry sykes on 27/06/2014

    it is happy trails now!

  • (70 stars)

    by Keith Keeton on 27/06/2014

    I need a map to hike, its often offline so why cant it cache the map, and why is it so slow to change when you move the map? Its impossible to test this app out unless you buy it, as it just fails all the time, might work if you hiked in a city but who the heck wants to do that? Basically you need to pay to review the app which isnt the point of testing an app, let a small area be cached so when

  • (70 stars)

    by Cameron Smith on 26/06/2014

    The lite version is only a gimick to get you to buy pro features and can't do anything on it's own.

  • (70 stars)

    by Jason Kolva on 25/06/2014

    Very accurate readings on the appalachian trail... awesome app