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In Germany, there are many hiking/hillwalking trails. Is there any apps or sites that allow people to share hiking routes? Where I can try to search for nice places people have been, or create my own routes ("I want to do a 20km hike in a circle, starting from within 50km of some town, and there should be a restaurant near the middle for lunch").

Sites like Strava for fitness allow you to share runs and cycle trips you've done. Is there anything for hiking/hillwalking?

  • You can share your ideas e.g. on hikr where you already find a ton of routes. Also the German Alpine Club ("DAV") offers hints. – Wills Apr 22 '15 at 14:06
  • Sounds like you want ViewRanger it's a GPS app that also has social sharing/finding of routes built in. There is a free and a paid version – user2766 Apr 22 '15 at 14:17
  • I was going to close this as a duplicate of a question I asked years ago, but mine got closed as off-topic. Either way, there's Everytrail, Wikiloc, and many others. – gerrit Apr 22 '15 at 14:36
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Sharing and downloading routes done by others

Concerning sites where you can upload and share GPS tracks you could have a look at http://www.gpsies.com/. There are lots of GPS tracks for hiking, cycling, mountain biking, running, skating, horse riding,... you name it. The extended search allow to filter routes for the things you ask for, e.g.

  • of course the type of activity you want to do – either roughly ("give me all activities by foot") or precisely ("give me hiking, jogging and nordic walking")
  • distance from a certain point,
  • distance covered,
  • round trip or one way track
  • characteristics (flat, hilly, mountainous)
  • path quality (compacted, rough, smooth, rocky...)
  • and some other...

The only option I couldn't was the question for a restaurant in the middle, however, if you narrow the choice down to some routes you might get away with reading their descriptions and looking into the map to see whether there is such a spot.

Planning own routes

For planing own routes you can consider http://www.wanderreitkarte.de/. They have a route editor where you can define a start and end point (and some points in between, if you like) and it will propose a route between those points that tries to keep away from big streets and prefers official hiking routes. Here you can also give some rough characteristics to search for, i.e. if you want it as flat as possible (and accept a longer route instead) or don't have a problem with some more ups and downs for the sake of a shorter distance.

Although you cannot explicitly ask for a round trip of a certain length, you can do this basically "by hand" by roughly defining some route points where start end end point are at the same spot and that are as the crow flies somewhat (10 to 20%) shorter than the desired route. The route that the engine proposes should then be roughly the distance you wanted. If not, then you can still nudge some of your way points around a bit to get a better fit.

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