April 14, 2016

Big Basin Redwoods State Park Trails Now Featured on Google Maps

Armchair hikers can now explore Big Basin from the comfort of their preferred technological device using Google Map’s Street View feature. The high-tech imagery is part of an effort by Sempervirens Fund to draw more people to the park and to explore new opportunities technology can offer in the fields of nature education and land management. Using 360-degree panoramas stitched together, six trails totaling 60 miles have been mapped out, including Skyline-to-the-Sea. The iconic hike, which ranks among the Bay Area’s best, starts at Castle Rock State Park and wanders downhill along diverse landscape to Waddell Beach. The mapping at Big Basin is being done for free with equipment called Google Trekker, which was first used at the Grand Canyon in 2012. To date, Google has partnered with more than 200 organizations, including tourism boards, nonprofits, researchers and government agencies internationally. They collect images from hard-to-reach places to add to Google Maps. With the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Google has put more than a dozen state parks on Google Maps. Many are in the San Francisco and Monterey bay areas.

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