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Good beta is es­sen­tial to plan­ning great and safe trips, but cur­rent con­di­tions can be hard to come by. That’s why we love Moun­tain Hub, a free app that lets users view and re­port trail con­di­tions in real time. Aided by down­load­able map lay­ers— in­clud­ing USGS topos, heat maps, and aspect data—and your phone’s in­ter­nal GPS, Moun­tain Hub lets users mark trail ob­ser­va­tions on maps and write reports that oth­ers can use to plan their trips. Pho­tos of downed trees, warn­ings about sketchy snow con­di­tions, or di­rec­tions to an off-trail over­look—all or­ga­nized chrono­log­i­cally with the fresh­est stuff first— are just some of the en­tries that we came across while us­ing the app.

To be sure, Moun­tain Hub is still a work in progress: As a com­mu­nity-ori­ented app, its user base hasn’t hit crit­i­cal mass yet, and there are still many out­door ar­eas that lack reports of any kind. But it’s steadily adding to its user base (its de­vel­op­ers say that its mem­ber­ship is grow­ing at 15 per­cent per month), and is a must-try for out­door en­thu­si­asts who want to join a com­mu­nity of like-minded souls ea­ger to help each other max­i­mize their out­ings.

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