A backpack camera called Trekker will be used to photograph the trail. Here it is modeled by Luc Vincent, Google Engineering Director for Street View, during a press conference. A backpack camera called Trekker will be used to photograph the trail. Here it is modeled by Luc Vincent, Google Engineering Director for Street View, during a press conference. A backpack camera called Trekker will be used to photograph the trail. Here it is modeled by Luc Vincent, Google Engineering Director for Street View. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Google to photograph hiking trail that spans a country

628-mile trail will be the longest Google Street View has recorded to date.

Google Street View has a historic summer ahead of it, with plans to photograph its longest hiking trail to date and the first that stretches across the length of a country.

The trail is the Israel National Trail, a 628-mile footpath that runs from Dan, at the northern tip of the country, south to Eilat, a resort city along the Red Sea.

The 620-mile Israel National TrailTimna Park, a national geological park, is located on the 620-mile Israel National Trail. (Photo: Dmitriev Lidiya/Shutterstock)

Google has enlisted members of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel’s National Service Volunteer program. Members will take turns hiking the trail, using two of Google's proprietary Trekker backpack cameras to capture the scenery.

Google’s Street View project was launched in May 2007. The feature enables users to virtually navigate neighborhoods, historical sites, museums and public buildings through panoramic pictures taken at street level. Since the project began, photographs have been taken of more than 5.5 million miles of roads around the world.

Israel National Trail along the Mediterranean SeaIsrael National Trail along the Mediterranean Sea. (Photo: Diana Barshaw/Wikimedia Commons)

The Israel National Trail is joining a select list of treks and journeys that have been documented by Google Street View. Among the different sites that can be viewed are Khumbu Valley at the foot of Mount Everest in Nepal, the Colorado River and the Venice canals.

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