I use the Gaia GPS app on my iPhone. It's awesome. You just have to remember to pre-download the map if you'll be heading to an area with no cell service.
Most apps these days (even Google maps) allow you to download maps to your phone for offline use. The GPS in your cellphone will work without a cell signal.Not sure where on the earth you are, but keep in mind terrain and it's affect on signal. Any time I use a phone app that is cell tower and or cell phone dependent, I tend to loose signal / real time tracking randomly while in heavily wooded areas. My handheld GPS is always on point.
Not always. Again, heavily wooded areas, both on foot and in vehicle, I've had my cell drop the GPS signal enough that the app stopped working. My handheld garmin GPS is always on it's game.Most apps these days (even Google maps) allow you to download maps to your phone for offline use. The GPS in your cellphone will work without a cell signal.
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I've had the $29.99 membership for a few months now. Having the MVUM's is super nice. Between Gaia and Google maps off line on my $59 tablet, I've got what I need. I still feel the GPS antenna in my tablet is better than in my phone. This is in the thick woods of northern Minnesota, so YMMV.Looks like Gaia GPS is now a free app (effective May 2017), but requires 'membership' for usage beyond the 7-day trial period.
Member level is $9.99/year.
Premium Member is $29.99/year. It includes NatGeo Trails Illustrated, France IGN, SwissTopo, NeoTreks US Topo, US Hunting (GMUs, public land, others), Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM), and overlays such as hill-shading, contour lines, slope angle, etc.
I've just installed the app and will give it a try. Not sure on membership level yet.
I'm attaching a map screenshot from the site.
I also use BC Navigator. While not for wheeling, I use it for extended hiking trips. While slightly complex, I found it is very powerful. It's the most expensive app I've ever purchased, but well worth the cost.I just downloaded Backcountry Navigator recently and started learning how to use it. I build the path i want to travel and add points of interest using Google Earth. Then I import that info into the app.
Still has it available for public use. The PDFs now have a limited life unless you pay a fee. Seems fair, as this is the most powerful mapping software I have ever used. Where else can you layer USGS topos on top of google earth layers.I think caltopo may not be publicly accessible anymore - use it for SAR, but we have access for that. On my phone I use Backcountry Navigator Pro. Some others use avenza and, as mentioned above you can add PDF maps to that - I believe all of the USGS maps are now digitally tagged so they'll work. You can get them at https://topomaps.usgs.gov/drg/
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Thanks for the info on Caltopo.Still has it available for public use. The PDFs now have a limited life unless you pay a fee. Seems fair, as this is the most powerful mapping software I have ever used. Where else can you layer USGS topos on top of google earth layers.