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About MyHikes

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MyHikes is a community driven site that aims to make trails easier to find for everyone. By using your smartphone, GPS tracking device, or online mapping tools, anyone can upload trails to the site. You can even add trails with no GPS data at all.

MyHikes was an idea that sparked after repeated Google searches for trail addresses led me to think: There must be a better way to do this. The webapp was built in 2015 as a friends-only site until I opened it to the public in late 2016. The original intent was to make getting to new and old trails easier by adding trails with approximate coordinates for directions and making them available on the web.

For more info or common questions, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Check out Contact Us page for info on how to reach out to the site owner with questions, concerns, or suggestions.


Crowdsourced Trails

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

The site was built for personal purposes, but I figured I would open it up to the public in hopes that other hikers would get involved. So far the site has acquired more and more trails from new and returning users. It's exciting to see an idea grow, even if growth is small.


No Trails Near Me!

You may find that the site doesn't have any trails in your area, but this is just an opportunity to add trails you know of to make it easier for others. You don't need to get GPS data to add a trail, you simply just need to know some basic information about it.


A Project & Hobby

MyHikes was built and is maintained by me, Dave (Admin). I'm a software engineer and this site is a side project that I try to work on in my free time if I'm not out hiking. I hope this tool is useful for you in one way or another. Check back from time to time for feature updates and new trails!


Supporting the Site

Until mid-2019, all funding, work on the site (updates, new features, bug fixes), and operational costs were paid out of pocket. In 2019 we started sponsorships with three amazing companies that help take of this load off of our plate; however, our budget is still very low. If you find the site useful and want to help support it, feel free to donate here.


Partners

In 2018 MyHikes began partnering with Leave No Trace and Columbus Metro Parks. And in 2019, Kestrel Land Trust was also added to our list of partners!
If your organization is interested in partnering, feel free to contact us.


Sponsors

In 2019 MyHikes began sponsorships with Fox River, BearVault, and BEARZ Outdoor. The funding from these companies helps MyHikes tremendously with providing us a way to gather more trail data, maintain the site, and build new features for our users without every penny coming from the owner's pocket. Every penny provided to us by sponsors goes right back into the site to help us grow.

Our sponsorship budget is small; however the impact it makes is huge on our platform. If your company or organization is interseted in sponsoring MyHikes, please reach out via our Contact Page.

Where We're Located

MyHikes began as a private project in Boston, Massachusetts in 2015.

Shortly after, I moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where I lived for 4-years tracking and writing about trails from the area. Pittsburgh was where MyHikes was turned from a private project into a public platform and ultimately where it really started to take shape. While I no longer live in the area, I will continue to visit Pittsburgh and add more trails from time to time.

In mid-2019 I moved to the Wellsboro, Pennsylvania area (Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania) where I continue to build out trail data for the site.

Main Contributors

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PGH, PA, WV, New England

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Western MA, New England

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PNW, CA

Thanks for visiting,
Dave & Jax*

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* Jax, the official MyHikes mutt.

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