Google continues to expand its Google Maps Street View coverage into more and more interesting places. While things like “The Gates of Hell” may not actually be real, Google has recently expanded imagery for Hawaii, the Arctic, Zoos, Tsunami-ravaged buildings, and the ocean floor, to name a few.
In June, Google unveiled Trekker, a tool designed to capture imagery for Street View for places that vehicles and even the Street View Trike can’t go. A few months later, Google announced its plans to utilize Trekker in the Grand Canyon, and now we’re seeing the fruits of Google’s labor.
Google has just released panoramic imagery of the Grand Canyon with interactive images covering over 75 miles of trails and surrounding roads.
“Take a walk down the narrow trails and exposed paths of the Grand Canyon: hike down the famous Bright Angel Trail, gaze out at the mighty Colorado River, and explore scenic overlooks in full 360-degrees,” says Google Maps product manager Ryan Falor. “You’ll be happy you’re virtually hiking once you get to the steep inclines of the South Kaibab Trail. And rather than drive a couple hours to see the nearby Meteor Crater, a click of your mouse or tap of your finger will transport you to the rim of this otherworldly site.”
Let’s take a look at these locations:
Bright Angel Trail
South Kaibab Trail
“Our team strapped on the Android-operated 40-pound backpacks carrying the 15-lens camera system and wound along the rocky terrain on foot, enduring temperature swings and a few muscle cramps along the way,” says Falor, reffering to Trekker. “Together, more than 9,500 panoramas of this masterpiece of nature are now available on Google Maps.”
Here’s a look at Trekker itself: