I found this NPR story today about how Google Street View is being extended to the outdoors, including hiking trails.
"A few months back, Google released a few of its engineers into the wild with a camera called the Google Trekker. Their mission was (and is) to capture America's wilder landscapes for Google Maps — starting with the Grand Canyon's Bright Angel Trail and South Kaibob Trail, and other scenic overlooks like the Colorado River."
Whenever possible, I like to see something to judge how well it will work for me and my family, this includes outdoor locations. I think Google Trekker will be a huge resource for people like me in that I can get a feel for a place without having to go there initially or make a choice based solely on someone else's description of an area, but not everyone feels this way.
I'm interested in what this group of well seasoned outdoors people and hikers think.