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About MyHikes

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MyHikes is a community driven platform that aims to make public trails easier to find for everyone. By using your smartphone, GPS tracking device, or online mapping tools, anyone can upload trails to the site.

MyHikes was an idea that sparked after repeated Google searches for trailhead parking lots lead to websites with user sign-ups or walled gardens. The site was built in 2015 by Dave Miller (Admin), for himself and friends until it was opened to the public in late 2016. The original goal was to make a platform to save basic trail information like parking coordinates, routes, and pictures so Dave could revisit these places later in life. Eventually the site grew beyond the original goal and now exists to help everyone find interesting public trails to explore.

For more info or common questions, check out our FAQ page.

Contact us with questions, concerns, suggestions, or if you just want to drop us some knowledge.


Crowdsourced Trails

MyHikes data comes directly from hikers and backpackers like you. The idea is to grow the site with a community of hikers who want to make finding trails easier.


No Trails Near Me!

You may find that MyHikes doesn't have any trails in your area. Sorry, but our list of contributors is small and located mainly in the northeast United States. If you're pro-active and love to hike or backpack, consider signing up and adding some of your favorite local trails!


Supporting the Site

If you find MyHikes useful and want to help support our cause, consider becoming a Supporter or making a small donation.


Partners

MyHikes is partnered with Leave No Trace (2018), Columbus Metro Parks (2018), Kestrel Land Trust (2019), and the Austin Dam Memorial Park (2020).

If your organization is interested in partnering with us, feel free to contact MyHikes Founder, Dave Miller.


Sponsors

Unfortunately MyHikes has no financial Sponsors right now, but some operating costs are supplemented by our awesome Supporters. If your organization is interested in helping us keeping our lights on while promoting your brand, please contact MyHikes Founder, Dave Miller.

Where We're Located

  • Boston, MA (2015)
  • Pittsburgh, PA (2015 - 2019)
  • Wellsboro, PA / Pennsylvania Grand Canyon (2019 - Present)

About the Founder

Dave Miller, MyHikes Founder and Admin, grew up in a hilariously-named town in Massachusetts - Belchertown. He spent a lot of his childhood in the woods and would often camp out at Holland Glen - a favorite local spot.

In 2011 Dave moved to Boston, MA to pursue a degree in Computer Science. After graudating in 2014, he came up with the idea to build "Trailhead" - what would eventually be renamed to MyHikes. Serendipitously, Dave now works on Trailhead.com, which is owned by Salesforce (all opinions here are his own and not those of his employer).

In 2015 Dave moved to Pittsburgh and adopted Jax - an over-reactive shelter dog that couldn't handle being left at home and was too crazy to handle seeing other dogs in public. So to the woods they went!

Jax is Dave's inspiration to continue building out more trail data for MyHikes. The platform has become an escape for Dave and Jax as they're able to find new places to explore, map them, and share them with others.

As of late June 2020, Dave has mapped 774 unique trails and over 1,500 miles onto MyHikes.


Main Contributors

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Admin / Founder (Dave)
Locations

PA Wilds, PGH, WV, New England, and Beyond

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Locations

Western MA, New England

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Locations

PNW, CA

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Locations

NH, New England, and Beyond

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Locations

NH, New England, and Beyond

Thanks for visiting,
Dave & Jax*

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* Jax, the official MyHikes mutt.

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