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Old 09-14-2011, 08:24 AM   #1
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What is the Best Android offroad GPS app

I am looking for a Android GPS application for offroading, hiking, cache etc. I would like it to include topo information and have an offline map function. Does anyone have a favorite app?
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I typically use navigate, but its not offline. How detailed of an offline map do you need? Might be fairly large unless you have just one state.

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I have My Tracks, haven't used it much but there is a lot to it and it's free. It has a satellite mode for the map, elevation, lat and longitude, speed, distance, and you can record your tracks. My neighbor recommended it from bike riding.

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For the offline portion, I figure I would need to download my favorite places for keeps then download and delete on a trip by trip basis. I will take a look at Tracks. I just downloaded a demo of Backcountry Navigator, the full version is $10 but it looks like it integrates nicely with MyTopo maps from Trimble and the USGS aerial photography. If anyone else has one, I would like to try them also.
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I use trackback for hunting. Several plots for potential stand placement has taken me back to the jeep everytime
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when you are biking or hiking or hunting, how do you use these apps without completely running your battery down in a matter of an hour or so? at least here in colorado, i dont get cell coverage in the mountains, but i can get gps data that can be tracked. but the constant running of the app will kill my phone so fast that i usually dont make it to my turn around point before its dead.
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Absolutely true, which is why I carry extra batteries and a separate last-resort energizer battery pack in a waterproof bag. Cell phone batteries are dirt cheap now...anker brand available on amazon or ebay is a solid cheap brand so there is no reason why not to pick up a few extras
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I have My Tracks, haven't used it much but there is a lot to it and it's free. It has a satellite mode for the map, elevation, lat and longitude, speed, distance, and you can record your tracks. My neighbor recommended it from bike riding.

same with me.. neighbor recomended it.. so far looks good.. haven't used it on trails yet tho
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Might look into Locus Pro. The downside is you have to have a data connection to use pro features because it has to verify your license (wtf right?)
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same with me.. neighbor recomended it.. so far looks good.. haven't used it on trails yet tho
Used it yesterday. Pretty cool, can share tracks and save them for later use. Not saving yesterdays though. Had to turn around in a wash that narrowed to single track.
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I use backcountry navigator. Been a great app. You can download topo and forest service maps for use without signal.
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I use backcountry navigator. Been a great app. You can download topo and forest service maps for use without signal.
backcountry navigator is my choice too. Pro is $12 in the play store, though useful maps are an additional purchase
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I'm a big fan of the GAIA app. It's not perfect, and it is not free at 20 bucks, but it is the best back country navigation tool I've found for my area. Once purchased, the app offers downloadable USGS Topo maps, aerial maps, national park and forest maps (I don't care for the forest maps, not nearly enough detail), hiking and other trail maps, and the adaptability to read just about any map download. You get access to the Gaia "cloud" so can save a bunch of stuff and share it I guess... I don't use that aspect of the app. They also have an upgraded service with more stuff that I can't comment on.

You can zoom in or out on the maps, and tracking can be locked to north or direction of travel. Altitude is recorded and you tag photos taken with your device against GPS coordinates. Average speed to distance is calculated.

You can download tracks into it, and breadcrumb your trips for future reference. For me, I use the USGS Topo primarily. The USGS maps are based on old data so they show old roads and not some of the newer ones that have been made in our area during recent mining explorations. The aerial maps come in handy in these cases as I can see where the road goes from overhead. I also use the forest downloads for boundary purposes mostly.

There are no GPS programs I'm aware of yet that can use the USFS MVUM (motor vehicle use maps) so I use the US forest service free paper MVUMs too to make sure I'm where I am legal to be.
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Just make sure any GPS program you load into your Android will work properly without a data or cellphone connection. Several I loaded looked good at first but stopped working once I got out of range of a cell tower.
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Just make sure any GPS program you load into your Android will work properly without a data or cellphone connection. Several I loaded looked good at first but stopped working once I got out of range of a cell tower.
Check out Maplets. I used that to navigate Rausch Creek without a data connection. Just needs a GPS signal since the maps are stored locally. Also even Google maps works well if you cache the area you'll be in before hand.
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backcountry navigator is my choice too. Pro is $12 in the play store, though useful maps are an additional purchase
Which are the most useful maps for dirt roads and trails? I don't mind paying for good ones but BackCountry Navigator gives you a ton of choices.
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Just make sure any GPS program you load into your Android will work properly without a data or cellphone connection. Several I loaded looked good at first but stopped working once I got out of range of a cell tower.
I tried a few of the aps and it was just easier for me to get a Garmin 2797 GPS.
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I downloaded the demo of Back Country Navigator and so far I like it. The "USTopo: Imagery with markup" maps are a satellite picture with road names and some additional markups like basic topo lines. For the most part it only includes the major dirt road names but since its a sat picture you can see ALL of the roads and instantly tell where you are as long as you have GPS signal. It also nicely imports GPX waypoints and tracks onto the maps and allows you to cache the maps for offline use. The only thing it doesn't do is give you turn by turn directions but you have Google Maps for that.
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I would like to get an Android based tablet with GPS receiver in it for trail finding and navigation. There seems to be a bunch off different apps for doing this and I am mainly looking for Topo maps for this.

What my question is can any of you post screen shots of your apps. running so I can see what they look like in actual use?

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Never mind, Youtube is your friend. Duh, I just looked it up. Silly old man. LOL
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As was said on another thread, I use Avenza PDF maps [on my Android/Verizon tablet] as well as the OFFLINE version of Google maps -- which came installed on my tablet. Avenza maps are available via GooglePlay and their own store -- payable via GooglePlay. Our primary use is hiking here in Northern Arizona and surrounding but we also use it in the Jeep on backroads. We are usually out of cell range, so operating without cell service is mandatory.

As was said in the other thread, you need to make sure that whatever app you use has maps in the correct format [in this case, Avenza] for the area and trails you need. My area is well covered with Forest Service maps showing the backroads and most trails -- about $5 each. The local trails are also well covered on third party hiking maps -- about $12 each. The complete set of USGS topos is also available -- free, or under $5. I also have state roadmaps for the surrounding states [usually free]. Google maps [OFFLINE] is my ultimate backup for areas that aren't otherwise available. All told, I have about 2.6GB of maps on my device.

And FWIW, I also carry a Garmin Oregon 440. It's much smaller than the tablet, so easier to consult on the trail. I also use it as an odometer. I have found that Avenza has more useful maps than Garmin.
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I just released my first Android app that makes the USDA National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) available offline. I posted a thread introducing it at Motor Vehicle Use Maps for Android
It combines the Road and Trail MVUM data into a seemless format (with other additional map features) that you can use offline on your Android phone.

There is also a functional demo of the app on my website, National Forest Road and Trail MVUM - Motor Vehicle Use Maps by OFFROAD ATLAS
You can browse the map and check out the coverage. For iphones, the demo on the website is fully functional when you do have cell coverage. Thats the best I can do for now - with enough interest hopefully an iphone app at some point.
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Is there a way to see the forest service trail and road designators like 2N1234 on the map? I just downloaded it earlier tonight and was hoping they would be there.
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Is there a way to see the forest service trail and road designators like 2N1234 on the map? I just downloaded it earlier tonight and was hoping they would be there.
It shows markers with the Forest Road and Trail numbers, the styles of the lines shows the use class (highway legal - under 50" etc), and the shading behind the roads shows seasonal designations and groups some maintenance classifications paved=green minimimal/un-maintained=red.

That sounds like a Trail number you are looking for? Is the Trail on the map? Which forest (and Ranger District) should it be in? Make sure to zoom in to see the Trail numbers, and depending on your "resolution" setting (in the app settings page) - the markers could be pretty small as well.

Another possibility is that some of the trails are pretty winding and not necessarily every segment is labeled - is the trail labeled furthered down on another segment of that same trail?

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I'll try again tonight but I zoomed tightly into the trails in the San Bernardino Big Bear Lake area in SOCAL and didn't see any trail numbers. I tried pretty much all the resolutions but if you say they're there, I'll try again tonight.
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I'll try again tonight but I zoomed tightly into the trails in the San Bernardino Big Bear Lake area in SOCAL and didn't see any trail numbers. I tried pretty much all the resolutions but if you say they're there, I'll try again tonight.
If the trails are on the map in the area you are looking, they should have the labels too. For the forests that are covered I believe I have all of the Trails and Maps. I am limited by the data I am able to get from the Forest Service and other gov agencies though and don't have trails for every forest - though that should be expanding on a regular basis. I haven't had a chance to check closely, but unfortunately that may be the case for at least some of the areas near Big Bear.

Hopefully you are still able to find good use out of the app. If not, you paid for it, and would like a refund then let me know.

The demo on my website offroadatlas.org can be useful in determining what areas are covered before purchase as well for any others with concerns on coverage.

Thanks again and happy trails!
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Take a look at Sierra National Forest just to the north of Big Bear for a good example of a Forest that does have all the Trail information. I do have several roads on the map in Big Bear but only really the major Highways and what I refer to as 'Historic Roads' on my map: "Historic roads listed (light gray) are for reference purposes only. Many are open public roads, many are closed or private. Please use common sense and respect any restrictions. " Those are provide in datasets from the Nation Forest, but I have no information on there availability and many are not legal for the public.

My app could still be of some use in and around Big Bear, you will just want to also use/double check other references for what roads are open and legal to drive on.

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