Recording trails is easy if you have a smartphone. There are two free 3rd party apps available that are reliable both online and offline:
When using a smartphone app, record your hike and save it to the app. Next, export your hike to your iCloud , email , DropBox , Google Drive , etc.
If the app gives you a choice when exporting, always export the file as GPX or .gpx .
Finally, log in and upload the file to the site.Note: You can upload files directly from your Google Drive or iCloud account to your mobile browser.
Some MyHikes users upload data from GPS tracking devices and not their smartphones.
Most of these devices (i.e. Garmin devices and watches, Suunto Traverse watches, etc.) support multiple file formats when exporting trail GPS data. Check the manufacturer's details on how to export your trails as a GPX or .gpx file.
There are numerous reasons why you might want to consider tracking trails on your next trip. Whether you're in an area with cell service and an internet connection, or you're in the middle of the wilderness with no way to contact other people, tracking can be really useful.
Here's a list of ways trackig your trails could help your next trip:
Sometimes you plan to head off in the middle of the night to find firewood or take a short hike from camp to see the night sky when you accidentally get lost with little to no sense of direction.
I've made this mistake, but luckily I'd been tracking since I left the campsite.
By tracking your distance you can figure out how much further you'll need to hike to the next intersection or cairn.
It also helps you judge your own abilities and set goals for the future.
By tracking, and uploading to MyHikes, you can help other people find trails easier and plan new adventures!