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The Encinitas Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department has developed an application called Easy2Hike to help residents and visitors explore local trails, parks and beaches.

New app shows you around Encinitas

ENCINITAS — The Encinitas City Council’s vision for a more active and mobile community took shape the week of Oct. 18, with the launch of a new trails application (app) by the city’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department.

The Easy2Hike app makes it easier to get information on hiking, biking and riding trails, as well as find information about Encinitas’ parks, beaches and viewpoints. The free app also allows users to locate and view trailheads, park maps and points of interest in Encinitas.

Easy2Hike shares recommended routes near you, providing essential information like park names, addresses, phone numbers, pictures, videos (where applicable), facility amenity lists, and detailed descriptions to help you better prepare for your park visit or trail experience.  It helps ensure that hikers, equestrian riders, and mountain bikers stay on safe and designated paths. Maps are also downloadable for offline access in areas with spotty cellular coverage.

“We know that many of our park and trail visitors will love to have access to accurate information on their smartphones. Easy2Hike puts a wealth of information and the tools to explore Encinitas’ many incredible places, literally in the palm of your hand. Think of it as your digital visitor center for parks, beaches and trails in Encinitas,” said Nick Buck, Special Events and Projects supervisor.

With Easy2Hike, city staff members are able to control accurate content, including real-time trail map data, pictures and descriptions of each point of interest. Notable features of the app include the ability to push out notifications to users who reach areas that are closed for maintenance. Users can also report obstacles, damaged facilities, wildlife sightings or any user issues with a map directly to staff through the app. All user data is anonymous for individual privacy.

The city’s new app currently features 31 points of interest including favorites like Moonlight Beach, Encinitas Ranch area trails and Encinitas Community Park. Download Easy2Hike from your favorite mobile device today and start exploring.

To contact the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department call (760) 633-2740 or e-mail [email protected].