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June 28, 2016

We are pleased to announce that all 18 maps in the King County Backcountry Trails map series are now available as geospatial PDFs. These are maps that contain georeferencing data that can be accessed in Adobe Acrobat Reader, such as latitude/longitude coordinates. But geospatial PDF maps are especially useful when viewed in a free mobile app called PDF Maps which provides a portable way to view the maps anywhere while taking advantage of many additional features, such as these:

  • view your location on a map using your device’s GPS.
  • plot placemarks and enter attribute data and notes; export as KML, CSV, or GPX files; import placemarks.
  • track real-time movement with GPS (includes speed and elevation statistics); save, export and import tracks (as KML).
  • plot geotagged photos.
  • search for points of interest within the map extent.
  • measure, find coordinates, orient using the Compass, and more.

Once you have installed the free app on your Apple iOS or Android smartphone or tablet (a beta version for Windows Phone is also available), you can click a PDF Maps link for one of the Backcountry Trails maps and the app will launch and load the map automatically. Then as long as you have your device with you will always have the map with you too as you hike the trails.

Learn more about PDF Maps .

The Backcountry Trails maps were created by King County Parks and the King County GIS Center.

June 1, 2016

Regular users of the King County website will have noticed that the home page and many other pages and subsites have transitioned to a new template, and now ours has too. The new template is not just about redesigned layouts. It is also about responsive layouts, which in the web world means pages that adapt on the fly to whatever screen size they are being displayed on. Whether you are viewing the pages on a large desktop monitor, a laptop, a tablet, or a smartphone you will be given an optimal reading experience.

We hope you'll find our new layouts easy to use and useful, whether you are looking for maps, data, GIS training, custom services, or information about KCGIS Center operations. During the transition process we've retired some out-of-date information and features, but we want to make sure that you can find all of the current information and GIS resources that you need. Please let us know how we can make our website even better for you.