Environment & Science

New LA County website gives info on 367 miles of trails

A screenshot of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation's recently unveiled trails website, trails.lacounty.gov.
A screenshot of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation's recently unveiled trails website, trails.lacounty.gov.
Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation

The County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation launched a new website Wednesday that provides information on over 367 miles of trails in Los Angeles County, according to a press release by the Department of Parks and Recreation.

In addition to providing general information about trails, the website — trails.lacounty.gov —  includes GPS-mapped trails, live weather conditions, hiking difficulty, air quality and parking locations, according to the release.

“Many of the features that users will find at trails.lacounty.gov are inspired by frequently-asked questions that we receive from people looking to visit a trail in Los Angeles County,” Norma E. Garcia, deputy director of the Parks Department's Planning and Development Agency, said in a release.

The site, which was built by the Parks Department, the Department of Internal Services and several other organizations, was made in response to a growing interest in outdoor recreation, according to the release. 

“Los Angeles County is home to one of the world’s most diverse and expansive multi-use trail systems," Supervisor Michael Antonovich said in a release, "and a growing number of people of all ages and backgrounds are using these trails in  a variety of ways,”

Parks Department Director Russ Guiney said in the release that the site is meant to help people be healthy through outdoor recreation. It's part of their "mission to encourage that type of recreation — and increase the level of participation — by making it as accessible and user-friendly as possible.”

A mobile version of the website is expected to be done by late December, with a mobile app set to launch in 2015.