The Colorado Trail Hiker

The Colorado Trail Hiker

By Guthook Hikes, LLC

  • Category: Travel
  • Release Date: 2014-07-06
  • Current Version: 6.3.3
  • Adult Rating: 12+
  • File Size: 15.89 MB
  • Developer: Guthook Hikes, LLC
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.1 or later.
Score: 4.5
From 144 Ratings


The Colorado Trail Hiker is a smartphone guide for your Colorado Trail hiking or mountain biking trip. The free demo is a fully functional version of the app with Segment 1 of The Colorado Trail (Miles 0 to 16.8 from the Waterton Canyon Trailhead outside Denver). In-app purchases include (1) The Colorado Trail, which includes the hiking route, the five mountain bike wilderness detours, the Collegiate West Alternative route and the Collegiate Loop (775.2 miles of trail in total) and (2) a standalone version of the Collegiate Loop route (a 160.4-mile loop composed of the 82.3-mile Collegiate West Alternative route and a 78.1-mile portion of The Colorado Trail). The app has been built in partnership with Jerry Brown of Bear Creek Survey Service. Each waypoint in the Colorado Trail Map Book, written by Jerry Brown and offered by The Colorado Trail Foundation, is plotted and described in The Colorado Trail Hiker apps. A portion all proceeds from the sale of The Colorado Trail Hiker app will go to The Colorado Trail Foundation. The Colorado Trail Hiker uses a combination of your phone's GPS, downloaded topo maps, and the Apple Maps interface to accurately locate your position on the trail. No phone service? Not a problem -- your phone's GPS pinpoints your location on top of topo maps downloaded as part of the app. A bright red line indicates the location of The Colorado Trail on the map. The mountain bike alternate route is indicated in blue and accompanied by a separate list of waypoints and elevation profile. The 82-mile Collegiate West Alternative and the 160-mile Collegiate Loop routes are also included. An elevation profile shows trail distance vs elevation and plots your current location on the trail. Each waypoint is plotted on the profile. Each waypoints is clickable, opening to the waypoint's detail page. The guidebook lists every waypoint in order by distance along the trail. Each waypoint includes a detail page, providing further details about that particular waypoint. Details include the waypoint's mileage point and elevation, photographs of many of the waypoints, distance to the next water source, a Trail Register where you may post comments and read other users' comments, and other details that will help you during your hike, and help you plan your hike. The types of waypoints include: -->Trailheads and parking areas -->Water sources -->Resupply towns/services -->Trail junctions -->Road crossings -->Powerlines, fences, gates, toilets -->Other Landmarks and points of interest Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.



  • Clean, simple, and GPS is accurate

    By kmikwilliams
    Just finished the Collegiate West segments. I loved the GPS that told you exactly where you were and how far away from different locations with a simple click. I would love to see more waypoints from the databook added in. Where was this when I thru-hiked 5 years ago??? Oh yeah, I got lost a few times? 😝
  • Not out on trail yet...

    By Egmart11
    From what I can tell this will do the trick in terms of helping me locate water and such. I'll update after my hike
  • Great planning tool for CT thru-hike!

    By Eclary23
    I have found that knowing where the next water source (given time of year) is has taken so much stress out of the equation. Allowing me to focus more on hiking❤️. Hiker notes are also extremely helpful.
  • Excellent map

    By tstorm05
    Love the map and all the notes. Will study it for the next 2 years until I am able to make the hike.
  • Awesome App

    By GHarrisMom
    This app as a supplement to our maps and guidebooks and Garmin eTrex 30 was very helpful. I found value in all of it, but the extra info about campsites and our GPS location with the little blue dot that I could screen capture and send or post as a photo was useful for sharing with others and tracking mileage when we weren't at official sites. I wasn't able to add comments for some reason, but that didn't bother me so much. Eg we found a campsite or two that were excellent but not in any of the guidebooks or maps or app. And a couple of campsites with absolutely no level space for a two person tent (though very small).
  • Nice app

    By KK whoa!man
    This app is worth the money. It is a little lacking in water supply spots-I'm not sure if that's because of the snowmelt and inconsistent streams or because the information coming in to supply the app is lacking. Overall I'm so glad we bought it. It's helped my boyfriend and I (who are hiking the entire trail) locate next campsites, track our progress, give an accurate view of our location. Totally worth ten bucks
  • 10/10 would recommend !

    By kelstar516
    My boyfriend and I hiked the collegiate loop and various other segments of the CT late July/early August '16. We downloaded this app to supplement our CT guidebook, and were pleasantly surprised at the level of detail and sophistication this app offers! As 21 year-old college students who are hooked to our tech, we tried our best to be good but jumped at the opportunity to download this app onto our iPhones& we're glad we did. Everything you need to know, like elevation, trail peaks, waypoints, campsites, trail junctions, resupply points, water points, etc., is easy to access (given you have a method of charging your mobile devices--we packed both a solar panel charger and rechargeable phone batteries). Another incredible feature of this app is the ability to write comments/recommendations to other CT travelers, and view their comments in return. I found that it fostered a sense of solidarity and safety to read the suggestions left by fellow CT travelers as they crossed the same paths we did. It also came in especially handy when trying to locate suitable (and dry) campsites for the night when they weren't clearly specified on the map. 10/10 would recommend this app! My only reservations would be to ensure that it is used only as a mobile supplement to a physical trail guide because we all know technology can be unreliable at times :) Happy hiking!!
  • Great app

    By schiffercasa
    I have used the old version of this app and loved it. The new version is even better than the first.
  • Well-designed, accurate and useful

    By dsmith1121
    I'm 3/4 done with my thru hike, and have been very happy with this app. The ability to apply GPS location to topo map, elevation profile or data book helps immensely with planning the next hours or days. Only complaint is that the maps are not as informative as USGS topos.
  • Purchased maps

    By Bogarts lightfoot
    I have purchased several trail maps that I would like to be accessible on the app without having to repurchase a digital version. Any way to make that happen? Barcode scan?