PROVO — Technology is helping hikers easily choose a trail to explore in Utah County.
Curtis Wursten, an analyst for the GIS Division of the Utah County Information Systems Department, has just made it easier by creating a Web application called Hiking Utah County. His app was recently chosen as the runner-up in the Best Travel and Destinations category in the 2014 ESRI Storytelling With Maps contest with entries from all over the world.
Hikers can use the app to preview trails based on their needs and preferences. The trails are grouped into three skill levels of easy, intermediate and difficult that are easily browsed using the tabs in the top left area of map interface. This way, users can not only see which trails are close to them, but also see how to get to the nearest trail access point.
The app features photographs that give prospective hikers a glimpse of what the trail looks like when they get there. It also allows users to click on the trail and get detailed information regarding the trail, including a detailed description and any special restrictions or features, the agency that takes care of the trail, and a link to that agency's website for more information.