In 2016, Travel Lane County's staff trekked across the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region as part of Google's "Google Trekker" project. Similar to Google's "street view," this technology makes pedestrian trails accessible to viewers around the world.
The Google Trekker is a backpack system crowned by rotating cameras capturing 360-degree views. The images are stitched together creating a visually immersive experience.
Mapping the terrain with a "trail view" of the region's many natural wonders required endurance and ingenuity. Watch our staff carry the camera to the top of towering sand dunes, across log bridges and to the foot of roaring waterfalls. When backpacking wasn't an option, they strapped the Google Trekker camera to boats, horses and bicycles - just so that you could experience the unique beauty found here in Oregon.
THE GOOGLE TREKKER PROJECT
See it before you hike it!
Click on the green map pin to see Google's "trail view" of these scenic trails and destinations. Click on the "trail details" for more information on the trail itself.
Oregon Coast Trekking
Trek up and over the Oregon Coast Sand Dunes and out onto Oregon's beaches with a phenomenal Google Trekker experience. Climb the accessible paths to a 100-year old lighthouse and delve into delightful coastal forests. Discover the wild beauty of the coastline and unexpected terrain.
Hike the Oregon Coastline with Travel Lane County and the Google Trekker, as we journey to historic landmarks and natural wonders. See the "trail views" of trails trekked.
Siuslaw River / trail details
Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Area / trail details
Sweet Creek Falls / trail details
Heceta Head Lighthouse - Oregon Coast
Visit the Heceta Head Lighthouse on the Oregon Coast via Google's "trail view." The hundred year-old lighthouse is the brightest light on the Oregon Coast and an Instragram-worthy location.
Oregon Coast Sand Dunes - South Jetty, Florence
Marvel at the sweep of sand dunes and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.
Carl G. Washburne State Park - Oregon Coast
The Coast is not all sandy beach or rocky cliff — discover the lush coastal woodlands with plenty of hiking trails.
Willamette Valley Trekking
Travel Lane County Google-trekked over a dozen metro walking and cycling paths from the rhododendron-filled Hendricks Park to the wildlife sanctuary at the Delta Ponds. Even the University of Oregon Duck gets into the action, trekking the track around Historic Hayward Field in Eugene. View the stadium from an athlete's perspective, looping around the lanes. Next cruise the bike paths of Cottage Grove, an All America City known for its many historic covered bridges. Roll through the bridges on an amazing journey back in time.
Hayward Field / trail details
Spencer Butte West Ridge Park / trail details
Hayward Field - Eugene
Trek the track at the University of Oregon's historic Hayward Field. * In 2020, Hayward Field re-opened with a new re-imagined stadium, replacing the older structure. This footage is the previous stadium.
Mosby Creek Trailhead - Row River Trail - Cottage Grove
Trek through the many historic covered bridges along Cottage Grove's Row River National Recreation Trail.
Trekking the Cascades
Hike to amazing waterfalls and float the famous McKenzie River on our Google Trekker expedition into Oregon's Cascade Mountains. From wheelchair accessible paths and viewing platforms to challenging trail descents and river crossings, the "trail view" transports you into the magic of old growth forests and powerful waterways.
Travel Lane County strapped on the Google Trekker backpack and headed for the mountains.
Pleasant Hill / Dexter / Lowell / Fall Creek
Oakridge / Westfir
Larison Rock Trail #3607 / trail details
Silver Creek Landing - McKenzie River
Discover with us what it's like to float the McKenzie River from Silver Creek Landing.
Salt Creek Falls - Oakridge
Gaze at Salt Creek Falls from its wheelchair-accessible observation platform.
Diamond Creek Falls - Oakridge
Check out the trail view to Diamond Creek Falls, the sparkling treasure at the end of a challenging downhill hike. While not everyone will be able to master its steep descent, all can experience the thrill as we trek up close to this beautiful waterfall!