Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation has launched a new website showcasing 367 miles of trails throughout the county. A one-stop resource for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians, trails.lacounty.gov can help with trail conditions, directions, elevation, weather and air quality.
“Nature nurtures,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “And the new site aims to make the county’s vast natural assets more accessible and user-friendly.”
Among the features on trails.lacounty.gov is a comprehensive list of trails that includes such vital information as trail length, elevation gain and permitted uses; a locator with the ability to search by city name, ZIP code or trail name (the mobile version will allow searches by current location); interactive digital maps enabling users to view the steepness or surface type on trails; and downloadable and printable QuickGuides that include trail maps, descriptions, directions, photos and elevation profiles.
“Whatever their recreational preference, trail users are among the most passionate and informed outdoor enthusiasts,” said Department of Parks and Recreation Director Russ Guiney. “The evidence is clear: Recreation in nature brings a number of wellness benefits to those who enjoy it. This website is part of our mission to encourage that type of recreation — and increase the level of participation.”
Among the trails profiled on the new site is the Second District’s planned Park to Playa Trail, which will create a network of trails that will seamlessly connect Kenneth Hahn Park to the bike trails at Playa del Rey. The project will eventually connect approximately 13 miles from Baldwin Hills along Ballona Creek to the Ballona Wetlands and the beach bicycle path. There will be entrances to the Park to Playa Trail along the Ballona Creek Bike Path, in Culver City Park, at Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, and at Norman O. Houston Park. A quick guide to the Park to Playa Trail is featured here.
“Outdoor recreation helps keep our communities healthy,” the Supervisor said. “And this is simply another step to help foster healthy habits.”
A mobile version of the site is expected before the new year, with a mobile app expected in 2015.