Hiker by Gordon R. Durand


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Hiker combines a compass, map, and GPS in one integrated application.

The compass display shows your current bearing and the bearing to your destination. Data fields include your current speed and altitude, and the distance, both horizontal and vertical, to your selected destination. Unlike most electronic compasses, which are notoriously inaccurate, this compass can be calibrated for greater precision.

The map uses Google's maps and satellite views and shows your current location, a log of your track, your saved positions, and destinations.

The satellites display shows the current GPS satellites, their azimuth and signal-to-noise ratio, and whether they have the current ephemeris data. Data fields include your current latitude, longitude, and altitude, and an estimate of the accuracy of the current GPS fix.

Preloaded with over 2,900 destinations in the western United States, Alaska, and Hawaii. Save your current position to the destinations list to use on your return and in later hikes. Send your current position to your friends by email, text, Twitter, or Facebook. Log your tracks and view them on the map.

New in 1.2, two ways to add positions with actually being there: Tap the map or enter a street address.


This app is not intended for use in situations where your survival is at stake. The electronic compass is no substitute for a real compass, nor is the electronic map a substitute for a real map. Always carry a real compass and a real map when hiking.

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Recently changed in this version

Fixed the hypertext link in the Send Position function.

Comments and ratings for Hiker
  • (48 stars)

    by Lori Paparteys on 11/06/2014

    Like the app! Agree with another poster however that the 2 lower boxes get cut off on smaller screens. Fix this and 5 stars :)

  • (48 stars)

    by Jason Hood on 28/03/2014

    Gave a great location easy to use features only snag i see is that its telling me that im going 10mph while sitting at my desk looking at local maps. That's one speedy desk chair!

  • (48 stars)

    by Jason Jenner on 22/03/2014

    Nice app works well used a few times hikeing local trails like using hand held gps.

  • (48 stars)

    by ming yeung chan on 07/03/2014

  • (48 stars)

    by KiltedJock1 on 01/09/2013

    Works on a basic level very well. However it is limited as i cannot view any of my saved locations on their own nor can i send a location to a friend.

  • (48 stars)

    by Squid O'Calm on 20/08/2013


  • (48 stars)

    by Dirk K on 01/05/2013

    I like how the GPS interface shows the sattelite details. I also like the ease of getting the lat/long. This is a minimalist GPS app, but what it does it does well. Suggestion for future release: I would like to be able to import and export data via a gpx file.

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