I have used paper USGS Topo maps for years both in the real estate business and for hiking and outdoor recreation. Now I can have the map in my pocket, both with and without cell access, that shows me where I’m at all times with several map formats to use. So far I have only used it for hiking in my local area, but looking forward to use this app in areas that I’m not familiar with as we travel around the country looking for hiking and biking opportunities.
This is the first product I’ve come across that gives me the same sense of discoverability and wonder as looking at a paper map. The Natural Atlas view just nails it - I wish I could rate this six stars because it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for over the last few years. The balance of detail shown at different levels and the choice of cartographic colours and symbols is absolutely perfect. Thank you!
I have used this app for the past 4 years to map all of my family’s outdoor excursions my wife and I hike around 150miles a season a lot of which is on the PCT and many other trails in the Northern California area. Jesse Lasater
Have been using this app for several years around the world. Always found maps and trails wherever I traveled and found it all easy to use. The latest update caused the app to crash on my iPad. I sent the developer the diagnostics. He was unable to resolve the issue quickly so upgraded me to the pro edition, no charge, for a year. Problem solved.
I use a wilderness map once a year or so. I feel that it is not economical to buy maps. The free maps are not readable.
Love the ability to download different base maps and use offline. Has become critical for recent trips.
One of those really rare apps where function, interface and support are all near-perfect. Even when I’m in Thailand the maps are more useful than Google or Apple for outdoor navigation. In the US, the detail includes hi-res satellite images and everything USGS offers. You can plan a route to avoid whatever features you want to, see an elevation profile, and zoom in on satellite imagery close enough to see if roads and trails look like fun. When you’re under way, you get a warning when you’re off track, an easy way to take a bearing on nearby topographic features, and a very detailed log. Add photos whenever. The Apple Watch app works like a charm, too: no need to have your phone with you. Get home and export your track to Google Earth, e-mail it to your mother, whatever. Yes, you have to pay — but none of the other gear you need is free, and very little of it is as good.
If you go Pro (and you should) you’ll have access to all kinds of maps and other features that make this a stellar program. Tech support has been excellent answering my questions within 24 hours of submitting them. Online video tutorials are great.
Ive used this app for 3 years for hiking and off road motorcycle navigation and it is great. I use it on my laptop to plan routes and iphone to execute the route. Recently i had an issue renewing the subscription portion of the app. It seems it got confused between the laptop and iPhone. I contacted the developer (Danny) and with in a few days it was sorted out. Fanatic.
I’ve been using this app for five years and developed trail maps for friends and family with it. It continuously impresses me and everybody I share it! While the developer always recommends printing out paper maps (with the app) when you go into the wilderness, this app will not fail you. Every year there are new features that make your planning easier and you’re hiking more enjoyable. I am especially enjoying marking waypoints where I find wild mushrooms and wild flowers so I can easily find them each season. For my friends that don’t have an iPhone I am able to share the trails I’ve mapped as well. (While they never will have an app as good as this one until the developer develops an android version, they can at least find the trail. ) I’ve also imported GPX property lines and others trails into topo maps plus. The iPad version is fantastic for planning routes and reviewing a trip with others, too. Most of my friends choose to pay for the subscription (one time ) and download the maps for the place we go each year. Others use the free version to keep on the trails I’ve mapped and helped import into the free version. I and a few of my friends and family subscribe to the pro version because of all the help we’ve received from the developer in mapping our area and the gratitude we feel for such an amazing tool. I have used the app hiking in more than 6 US states. It frequently helps me find local places to hike in new areas. Download it and the more you use it, the more you will see what it has to help you enjoy in the wilderness or your local park.