In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act in September 2014, Google Street View teamed up with Wilderness Society staff to expand the popular “Street View” tool to include beloved trails in California.
The result: an amazing collection of 360-degree images that allow users to take virtual tours of some amazing places in the American West. Exclusive footage revealed on CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley shows an array of Street View imagery collected for the project.
Eager to share these special places, Warren Alford, The Wilderness Society’s regional conservation representative in California, hiked into California's backcountry with a special 40-pound backpack-mounted camera and GPS device called a Google Trekker. Alford hiked through the San Gabriel Mountains—a rugged oasis just steps from downtown Los Angeles, where diverse urban communities are calling for protections. He collected other imagery from the Headwaters Reserve in northern California's redwood country and along the proposed Condor National Scenic Train in the Los Padres National Forest.
Google launched the first images of some of California's rugged places to coincide with the anniversary of the Wilderness Act passing into law on September 3, 1964. We invite you to explore California's wild gems by clicking the images below. Plan your next trip, or simply enjoy a virtual adventure from the comfort of your own home.
Devil’s Backbone Trail, Angeles National Forest