How to Use a TomTom for Hiking

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While not ideal, hiking with a TomTom GPS unit is possible. For best results, stay on trails near road systems or in the front-country. The TomTom GPS units are designed more for road navigation but may be used for trail and light hiking use. As always, when carrying a GPS unit for hiking and exploring, always take the area map and a compass in case the GPS unit fails or the batteries die.

Things You'll Need

  • Map and compass
  • Power the TomTom on and check the battery charge. If the battery is less than 3/4 full, take the time to charge it before going hiking.

  • Tap "Turn Off Sound" on the screen, as the GPS unit's sound may disturb other hikers.

  • Tap the "Navigate To" function and enter in the trail name or park you are hiking. The TomTom will try and give you the roads within the park but on the tracking function will show your current location, whether on road or off.

  • Tap the "Home" button and make your trailhead the default home setting. Begin your hike and watch your current location on the screen. Follow your route and when ready to return tap the "Find Home" button and follow the trail back to the trailhead.

  • Tap "Fastest Route" and select "Off." You do not want this function trying to route you away from your trail. The TomTom will try and find roads and the fastest way to get you to them.

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