MyHikes is a community driven platform that aims to make public trails easier to find for everyone. By using your smartphone, GPS tracking device, or online mapping tools, anyone can upload trails to the site.
MyHikes was an idea that sparked after repeated Google searches for trailhead parking lead to websites with paywalls or user sign-ups just to the parking coordinates. The site was built in 2015 by Dave, for himself and friends until it was opened to the public in late 2016. The original goal was to make a platform to save basic trail information like parking coordinates, routes, and pictures so Dave could revisit these places later in life. Eventually the site grew beyond the original goal and now exists to help everyone find interesting public trails to explore.
For more info or common questions, check out our FAQ page.
Contact us with questions, concerns, suggestions, or if you just want to drop us some knowledge.
MyHikes data comes directly from hikers and backpackers like you. The idea is to grow the site with a community of hikers who want to make finding trails easier.
You may find that MyHikes doesn't have any trails in your area. Sorry, but our list of contributors is small and located mainly in the northeast United States. If you're pro-active and love to hike or backpack, consider signing up and adding some of your favorite local trails!
If your organization is interested in partnering with us, feel free to contact MyHikes Founder, Dave Miller.
Dave Miller, MyHikes Founder, grew up in a hilariously-named town in Massachusetts - Belchertown. He spent a lot of his childhood in the woods and would often camp out at Holland Glen - a favorite local spot.
In 2011 Dave moved to Boston, MA to pursue a degree in Computer Science. After graudating in 2014, he came up with the idea to build "Trailhead" - what would eventually be renamed to MyHikes. Serendipitously, Dave now works on Trailhead.com, which is owned by Salesforce (all opinions here are his own and not those of his employer).
Not long after moving to Pittsburgh, Dave adopted Jax - a crazy little dog that couldn't handle being left at home and was too reactive to handle seeing other dogs in public -- so to the woods they went!
Jax was and still is Dave's inspiration to continue building out more trail data for MyHikes. MyHikes has become an escape for Dave and Jax as they're able to find new places to explore, map them, and share them with others.
As of late June 2020, Dave has personally mapped 722 unique trails and over 1,300 miles onto MyHikes.
PA Wilds, PGH, WV, New England, and Beyond
Western MA, New England
NH, New England, and Beyond
NH, New England, and Beyond
Thanks for visiting,
Dave & Jax*
* Jax, the official MyHikes mutt.