The Great Divide Trail App by Atlas Guides is a GPS map-based hiking guide for smartphones and tablets. The App works in airplane mode. No mobile service or internet is required after initial setup. The app uses your device’s built-in GPS and downloaded topographic maps.
The Great Divide Trail Guide is a free download with in-app purchases: Download a fully functional version of the App that includes the 25-km portion of the Great Divide Trail from its southern terminus at the Canada-US border to Cameron Lake in Waterton Lakes National Park.
The rest of the GDT is available via in-app purchases:
- Each section of the GDT (A – G) is available for individual purchase: CAD$5.49 / USD$3.99 per section
- Or take advantage of the “thru-hiker discount” and purchase the entire trail for a 35% savings: CAD$24.99 / USD$17.99
Note that a portion of every sale of the App will go to the Great Divide Trail Association to maintain and improve the trail. Special thanks to River Taig for all of his amazing work to map the GDT and create the data-set that this App is based on!
- Frequently updated with new information regarding trail conditions and potential closures/detours
- GPS-enabled map of the Great Divide Trail with 650+ waypoints
- 80+ alternate routes and side trails
- Route-builder tool to create your own routes
- Offline topographic maps (Natural Resources Canada Toporama maps)
- Waypoints: 650+ waypoints along or near the trail plotted on the map, listed in the guide, and plotted on the elevation profile
- GPS-enabled elevation profile
- GPS-enabled data book listing
- Comprehensive water information
- Trailhead information
- Detail page for each waypoint
- Comments section for each waypoint
- Text or email your location (requires internet/data service)
Types of Waypoints:
- Water sources
- Campground and tenting sites
- Trailheads and parking areas
- Trail junctions and trail exit points in case of emergency
- Resupply locations and tips
- Road crossings
- Other landmarks and points of interest
Disclaimer: We recommend that you always bring a paper map and compass even if you have the GDT App (because a map’s “battery life” is significantly longer than that of a smartphone).