How do I contribute a new trail to AllTrails?

Our trail database of 60,000+ trails is member driven so if you know of a trail that should be on AllTrails, please take a minute to add it. The AllTrails community will thank you!


When adding new trails, we are specifically looking for trails that start and end at a parking area, are on public property, and contain a drawn route. Our strong preference is for out-and-back or loop trails that begin and end in the same location, but of course some trails are through trails and they are welcome too. Please note that any suggested trail additions must first be evaluated by our moderators. This process may take may take a while depending on our ability to verify the information.

To draw a new trail via desktop or laptop computer:

  1. Log in to your account on alltrails.com
  2. At the top right of any page, click on your name
  3. Under the 'Contribute' section in the sidebar, click on 'Add new trail' (or click here)
  4. Find your desired starting location by doing one of the following:
    1. Pan and zoom the map to your desired location
    2. Enter the city or park name in the search box
    3. Enter the latitude and longitude in decimal degree format (eg 73.501 -117.506)
  5. Left-click on your mouse or trackpad to place the trailhead marker and starting location
  6. Use your mouse cursor and left-click to draw the trail route - if you make a mistake simply hit the undo icon in the top right corner next to the +/- signs
  7. Determine the type of route (out and back, loop, or point-to-point)
  8. Add in as much additional information that you can including difficulty level, season start/end, activities, features, etc. 
  9. To verify the route and direction of your new trail, scroll down to the bottom of the page to the gray Elevation Graph and move your cursor over the bar (left to right)
  10. When you are finished, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the blue 'Save' button
  11. You will be taken to the pending trail page where you can add a description, tips, or directions


To submit one of your recordings as a trail via desktop or laptop computer:

  1. Log in to your account on alltrails.com
  2. Click on 'History' in the header and then select 'Recordings' from the drop-down menu
  3. Select the Recording that you would like to suggest and click to open it
  4. Click the blue 'Suggest as New Trail' button on the bottom left side of the screen (under photos)
  5. Determine the type of route (out and back, loop, point-to-point)
  6. Add in as much additional information that you can including difficulty level, season start/end, activities, features, etc.
  7. When you are finished, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the blue 'Save' button
  8. You will be taken to the pending trail page where you can add a description, tips, or directions


To submit a recording as a trail via iPhone or Android app:

  1. Open the app
  2. Tap on 'History' on the bottom navigation bar
  3. Select 'Recordings' from the drop-down (iPhone) or tabs (Android) at the top of the screen
  4. Find the specific recording that you'd like added
  5. On the recording details screen, tap on the overflow menu (three dots) in the upper right corner and tap 'Edit'
  6. Tap the green 'Select Trail' button
  7. Tap the blue 'Suggest as new trail' button
  8. Tap on 'Recording Info' to update the Title, Activity, and Description (optional)
  9. Tap 'Save'

You can also submit a recording as a new trail at the time that you're saving your activity by following steps 6-9 above. 


For information on how to update an existing trail, click here.