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At our Hiking, Biking & Trails forum, the four panelists explained the importance of Idaho's trails in their lives.

A high-tech map that displays the details of the Boise-area trail system is complete — and boasting new features — six months after it was first unveiled, according to a news release.

The interactive map covers the entire Ridge to Rivers system, made up of more than 190 miles of trails in the Foothills. Ridge to Rivers launched a beta version of the map last November, asking users for input on the tool.

In a news release on Monday, officials touted the updated features that resulted from the beta testing, including difficulty ratings for trails and improved navigation and search functions.

The map allows users to choose between 2D and 3D views of the trails.

“This new map allows the Ridge to Rivers partnership to better communicate and interact with all types of trail users,” said Doug Holloway, Boise Parks and Recreation director, in the news release. “It’s a great way to discover new trails and reserves and the 3D feature allows you to better prepare for conditions along the way.”

The map allows hikers, bikers and other trail users to geo-locate themselves for more accurate directions and safer navigation.

Additionally, the map features amenities and trail restrictions — such as bathrooms, trash cans and leash requirements for pets — so you can plan your trip accordingly.

“This map is such an asset to all trail users, no matter what their skill level,” said Stephen O’Meara, Ada County Information Technology Director, in the release. “Users can see the smallest detail, plan ahead based on their activity level and even find off-leash trails for their dogs.”

Ada County Information Technology created the map using drone equipment, according to the release.

Though there’s no app for the map, you can find it via computer or smartphone on the Ridge to Rivers website.

Trail users can find more mapping options as well as user-generated conditions reports at BoiseTrails.com.

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