Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about MyHikes? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions (or expcted questions) below to see if they help.

Can I use a picture I found on the site?

Please refrain from reposting our pictures or using them for any non-profit or commercial use without contacting us first for permission. All pictures are owned by both MyHikes and the individual that uploaded them. We always check with the contributor first before allowing any person or organization to use our pictures.

Where are the mobile apps?

MyHikes is owned and operated by one person and time is short, so the main focus for the time being is the site; however, there may be apps in the future.

Why aren't there many trails near me?

MyHikes relies on registered users adding trails to expand our data set, so trails may be scarce or completely missing from certain areas.

If you're proactive, please help us out by signing in and adding trails you know and love.

If adding trails is not your thing, make sure to bookmark the site and check back from time to time. The database is growing and we get new trails added each month.

How can I acquire GPX data for trail uploads?

Check out our How To Track Trails page.

How can I add trails?

Check out our How To Add Trails page.

How is MyHikes funded?

All operational costs are paid out of pocket by MyHikes Founder, Dave. However, our awesome Supporters help supplement our costs tremendously.

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

What do the different Difficulty Ratings mean?

Before discussing the differences in our trail Difficulty Ratings, first, it must be understood that everyone has different physical abilities, and thus any Difficulty Rating will be subjective to the hiker experiencing the trail on their own.

These Difficulty Ratings are one of the hardest things we validate and consider at MyHikes before publishing our trails. After considering the length of the trail, elevation gain and loss, terrain type, hazards and dangers, we set the Difficulty Rating accordingly.

You may find that our trail's Difficulty Rating differs from your own opinion — just hike one of our trails to find out!

  • The trail is usually flat; very low elevation gain or loss with easy terrain to follow.
  • Suited For: Everyone
  • The trail has some undulation; enough elevation gain or loss over shorter distances to make the hiker sweat; trails with rocky or uneven terrain.
  • Suited For: Most Hikers
  • The trail has a high amount of elevation gain or loss; anyone hiking this trail will sweat; trails with rocky, uneven, or narrow terrain; steep elevation.
  • Suited For: Avid hikers and fit individuals who are seeking a challenge
  • The trail has an extremely high amount of elevation gain or loss; anyone hiking this trail will need to take breaks along the way; trails with very rocky, uneven, or narrow terrain, very steep elevation, and/or switchbacks; wilderness backcountry trails with no water sources, bushwhacks, and other dangerous hazards.
  • Suited For: Experienced hikers, physicially fit individuals, challenge and risk seekers, elevation gain / summit seekers.

What can users expect in the future?

Whatever the user base needs that seems worth while. Please send any feature suggestions to MyHikes Founder, Dave.

Found a bug?

If you find a bug, please email MyHikes Founder, Dave, with a description of what you were doing, what you clicked on, and what the error was.

If you can, include a screenshot as well.

Any and all bug reports are much appreciated!

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - Can I get my data deleted?

Yes you can! Please email us with a subject of "GDPR Request" and include your username or IP Address if you do not have an account. This email must be sent from the email you currently use to log into MyHikes (if applicable).

For users who have uploaded published trail data, or trip reports, we will work with you to determine the best way to preserve the data, but remove your personal affiliation.

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