Take a hike, or make one, with Kamino for iOS

Taking a walk is one of the best ways to get to know a city, and it doesn't even have to be a city you're visiting. If you make the effort to go off the beaten path in your own hometown, you might be surprised at what you discover. New iOS app Kamino is a social database of urban hikes, complete with mapped routes and waypoints, which can be anything from parks to stores to restaurants.

Clever tagging lets you search the free app for hikes that really match your interests: Tags include Kid Friendly, Scenic, Historic, Vigorous/Exercise, Shopping, Food, Drink, Arts & Entertainment, Dog Friendly, and so on. We found plenty in San Francisco and Oakland, a couple in Austin, tons in New York, none in Milwaukee--but if you can't find a hike close by, or the kind you want to do, Kamino makes it easy to add your own.

You get to name the hike and add a description, then start adding places to visit; the suggested list of nearby places is actually really helpful at building out the skeleton of a new hike. Then you flesh that out with photos, "quick tips," and optional special instrutions about each place, if, say, you want to recommend the perfect time to visit or what kind of beer to get on tap. After you add categories and tags, you can publish it to the community, and of course, share it with your friends.

When you find a hike you want to take, you can share that too, or save it to a favorites list. While you're walking, you can take your own pictures in the app, and get GPS directions from one waypoint to the other. The overlaid information makes the maps look less slick than, say, the ones in Google Maps, but Kamino's navigation still works.

And if you happen to be in San Francisco for Macworld/iWorld, check the app for a special Macworld Treasure Hike. The first few hundred people to take that hike will get a free beer or soda at Thirsty Bear, $2 off a delicious crepe (right down the street from our office!), a scenic walk to one of our lovely piers, and a discounted Uber ride back to Moscone. Of course, every stop is optional--you could take this same walk and program a completely new set of waypoints for your own hike. That's what makes Kamino so cool.


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