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Google Street View hikes the trails of California state parks

Google Street View hikes the trails of California state parks
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Google's iconic backpacks with the bug-eye cameras have been deployed down trails in California's parks.

The California parks systems are going high-tech, allowing folks to "hike" through such amazing vistas as the redwoods of Big Sur and the beaches of San Francisco Bay. Click here to check them all out. 

The mapping is part of the California Department of Parks and Recreation to get people more interested in getting out in the great outdoors. High tech is the means, as they're also trying out an app that'll let people pay for parking at state beaches with just your phone. But the most amazing sights are the 38 parks mapped so far and available in Google Street View.

The big Google Trekker backpack that takes the pictures is quite a sight - and you can't miss it if it's coming down the trail right at you!

Here are a few views of what the backpack and the process looks like. What would you do if you saw this heading at you on a narrow trail?!

Google Street View

State park ranger Danita Rodriguez hikes around the Mount Tamalpais State Park in Marin County with the Google Trekker backpack.

 

California Google Street View

 

This is part of the Steep Ravine Trail at Mount Tamalpais State Park.

Google Street View takes you to the coast, too.

California parks

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is just south of Carmel-by-the-Sea. The rugged coast is among the most scenic in Northern California.

Take a look at more California Google maps, and see other sites, too, at the Google Street View site.

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