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 admin with questions, concerns, or suggestions.
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.
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.
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!
All funding, work on the site (updates, new features, bug fixes), and operational costs are paid out of pocket. If you find the site useful and want to help support it, feel free to Donate.
For supporters who want to be acknowledged, I'll add a supporters page in the future.
In 2018 MyHikes began partnering with Leave No Trace and Columbus Metro Parks. If your organization is interested in partnering to bring trails onto a shareable digital platform, feel free to reach out.
Thanks for visiting,
Dave & Jax*
* Jax, the official MyHikes mutt.