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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a picture, trail map, or other content found on MyHikes for my organization or company?

Please do not repost or use our content for any non-profit or commercial use without contacting us for permission.

Where are the MyHikes mobile apps?

MyHikes is owned and operated by one person and time is short. For now the main focus is the web platform and adding new and interesting hiking locations.

Why aren't there any trails near me?

MyHikes has a very small list of volunteer contributors and relies on registered users adding hikes to expand our data set, so trails may be scarce or completely missing from certain areas.

Feel free to sign up and add trails you know and love. Trails added with a GPX file will likely get published to the site for other users to find if included with notes and pictures.

If adding trails is not your thing, make sure to bookmark the site and check back from time to time.

How can I acquire GPX data for trail uploads?

Check out our How To Track Trails page.

How can I add trails?

Check out our How To Add Trails page.

How is MyHikes funded?

All operational costs are paid out of pocket by MyHikes Founder, Dave (Admin). However, our awesome Supporters help supplement our costs tremendously.

If you find MyHikes useful and want to help support our cause, consider becoming a Supporter or making a small donation.

What do the different Difficulty Ratings mean?

Before discussing the differences in our trail Difficulty Ratings, first, it must be understood that everyone has different physical abilities, and thus any Difficulty Rating will be subjective to the hiker experiencing the trail on their own.

These Difficulty Ratings are one of the hardest things we validate and consider at MyHikes before publishing our trails. After considering the length of the trail, elevation gain and loss, terrain type, hazards and dangers, we set the Difficulty Rating accordingly.

You may find that our trail's Difficulty Rating differs from your own opinion — just hike one of our trails to find out!

Easy
  • The trail is usually flat; very low elevation gain or loss with easy terrain to follow.
  • Suited for: Everyone.
Moderate
  • The trail has some undulation; enough elevation gain or loss over shorter distances to make the hiker sweat; trails with rocky or uneven terrain.
  • Suited for: Most Hikers.
Hard
  • The trail has a high amount of elevation gain or loss; anyone hiking this trail will sweat; trails with rocky, uneven, or narrow terrain; steep elevation.
  • Suited for: Avid hikers and fit individuals who are seeking a challenge.
Strenuous
  • The trail has an extremely high amount of elevation gain or loss; anyone hiking this trail will need to take breaks along the way; trails with very rocky, uneven, or narrow terrain, very steep elevation, and/or switchbacks; wilderness backcountry trails with no water sources, bushwhacks, and other dangerous hazards.
  • Suited for: Experienced hikers, physicially fit individuals, challenge and risk seekers, elevation gain / summit seekers.

What can users expect in the future?

Whatever the user base needs that seems worth while. Please contact us with any feature requests, comments, or concerns!

Found a bug?

If you find a bug, please contact us with a description of what you were doing, what you clicked on, and when it happened. If you can, include a screenshot.

Any and all bug reports are much appreciated!

Why are there no star ratings on MyHikes?

We believe that star ratings can skew the idea of what a "good hike" consists of. If you only like to hike to mountain summits, vista points, overlooks, waterfalls, or interesting POI - then search MyHikes accordingly before hiking a new trail. If you just want to experience a new trail, then read the notes before heading out and please remember that conditions on the trails can change at any time. If your experience differs from the trail notes, please leave a trip report on that trail for future hikers!

Why is MyHikes so awesome?

We believe MyHikes is awesome because it's built for hikers by hikers - albeit we're just a small group of volunteer contributors!

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - Can I get my data deleted?

Yes you can! Please contact us via email with a subject of "GDPR Request" and include your username or IP Address if you do not have an account.

For users with existing accounts: this email must be sent from the email you currently use to log into MyHikes.

For users who have uploaded published trail data, or trip reports: we will work with you to determine the best way to preserve the trail data, but remove your personal information.

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