The next generation of Guthook’s Hiking Guide apps is in the App Store. This is one I’m especially excited about, since it has brought me to some places in Maine and New Hampshire where I might not have spent much time otherwise. Behold, Guthook’s New England Hiker app!
Most of my previous apps are focused on a single long-distance backpacking trail, which is actually much simpler to turn into an app– no need to worry about naming the trail on the map, or deciding which waypoints to show in which order. So for much of the last two years, I’ve let my two New England hiking apps languish on the back burner. I’ve decided to change that by creating an app to show off some of the best hiking New England has to offer.
The app is a free download, with several trail networks available for purchase within, ranging from free to a few dollars. As of this writing, there are three free sections (Monadnock State Park, Pillsbury State Park, and the Willey Range, all in New Hampshire), and thirteen paid sections ranging from Camel’s Hump to the Camden Hills. Over the next few years, I’ll work on adding many more of the paid and free sections. The Monadnock and Camden Hills apps that I created a few years ago will eventually be discontinued and combined into the New England Hiker app.
The functions of the app at this point are similar to the AT Hiker and Pacific Crest Trail apps. You can see information about waypoints on the trails, write in the trail registers to share info with other hikers, and browse trails on the map. New to this app is the ability to tap on any trail and see the name of the trail with the mileage of the point you clicked.
There is no elevation profile for trails in the New England Hiker app yet, but later this year I’ll be working on the ability to create your own custom hiking trips by combining trails and create elevation profiles for them. That will bring thousands of combinations of trails on mountains like Monadnock or Mansfield or Bigelow to your repertoire.
As of the initial release, the guides available include:
-Camel’s Hump, Mansfield, Killington, Stratton, and the Worcester Range in Vermont.
-Grafton Loop Trail, Bigelow Preserve, Tumbledown & Jackson Mountain, and the Camden Hills in Maine.
-Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway, Moat Mountain, Willey Range, and Franconia Ridge in New Hampshire.