Google Earth streams the world, over wired and wireless networks, enabling users to virtually go anywhere on the planet and see places in photographic detail. This is not like any map you have ever seen. This is a 3D model of the real world, based on real satellite images combined with maps, guides to restaurants, hotels, entertainment, businesses and more. You can zoom from space down to street level instantly and then pan or jump from place to place, city to city, even country to country.
Wanna see some awesome 3D animation?! To preview a 3D model of this actual hike in Google Earth, right click on this file and save it to your desktop: BowWillowRockhouseCynsLoop.kmz, then double click that desktop file and it should launch Google Earth (if you already have Google Earth installed on your computer). If you don't have the free Google Earth application already installed, first go to http://earth.google.com.
After Google Earth launches, simply scroll down to the bottom of the "Places" column on the left and locate the file that says "BowWillowRockhouseCynsLoop.kmz" in the "Temporary Places" folder. Click the side arrow to the left of "BowWillowRockhouseCynsLoop.kmz" to expose the "BowWillowRockhouseCynsLoop" tour file. Then select that file, and click on the triangular "Play Tour" button just below and to the right of it. Sit back and enjoy the automated tour as you fly clockwise above the hike route!
If you'd like to check out the elevation profile of the hike after the tour, just right-click the "BowWillowRockhouseCynsLoop" file and select "Show Elevation Profile". Move your cursor over the profile and watch the arrow move along the loop hike to determine the altitude at any point!