Wta.org launches map search
In preparation for the Memorial Day holiday, WTA has unveiled a brand new map search for its popular Hiking Guide.
For years we have heard from website users like you about how you would love to have more maps. Now you will be able to search more than 1000 online Hiking Guide entries (powered by Mountaineer Books) by map and select the hikes that you are most interested in.
The Search by Map function allows you to zoom and pan around the state, honing in on where you want to hike. You will also be able to filter the results, selecting hikes to fit the level of difficulty you seek, what kinds of sights you want to see and whether it is family-friendly. You will also be able to search for specific hike names or for key words in the Hiking Guide descriptions.
Clicking on the hiker icons will bring up a summary of the hike, a few key details and recent Trip Reports. If you want to know more information, you can bring up the entire Hiking Guide description in a new tab.
The new Search by Map has most of the same search features as our traditional Hiking Guide search, but we will retain this function for more advanced searching and for people who are not as map-oriented.
Special thanks goes out to Andrew Gove, who works on the Google Maps Team, for volunteering countless hours to make this project a reality, and to Jon Baldivieso at Groundwire for making the maps work on our website. And none of this wouldn't have been possible without the generous support of REI and members like you. (In fact, if you like what you see, please consider donating to WTA today. It's our spring member drive.)
One last note. The Search by Map is in Beta testing, which means there is ample opportunity for you to provide feedback about its usability. Does it behave like you'd expect it to? Are there any glitches? Does it provide the information you are looking for? We do want to hear about it - and we'll be making changes (within reason!) accordingly. Please let us know what you think on this form.