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Taking a hike just got easier

(Photo by Emily Thurlow) Jenny Hansell, president of Berkshire Natural Resources Council, displays the new mobile trails app, detailing information on trail systems and properties.

PITTSFIELD — Looking for somewhere to go snowshoeing in the Berkshires? Maybe a place to hunt for geocaches? Or how about a trail with a rugged terrain to hike?

The Berkshire Natural Resources Council has got it covered — right at your fingertips.

Last Friday, the Pittsfield-based nonprofit launched a mobile trails app tailored for both iOS and Android smartphones. As of March 3, the app, BNRC (Berkshire Natural Resources Council) Berkshire Trails, was installed by 58 Android-users and 167 iOS-users.

The trails app features detailed information on trail systems and properties. Included are the more than 10,000 acres owned by the BNRC, said Jenny Hansell, president of the council. It also features other popular Berkshire trails managed or owned by the Massachusetts Audubon Society and The Trustees of Reservations.

“For a soft roll-out, we’re very pleased,” said Hansell, noting that updates will be forthcoming.

In addition to maps of trails, the app also recommends hikes for every type of trekkers based on distance and difficulty. It provides real-time navigation to trail entrances, but for those areas that there is no cell phone service, there is also an option to download directions. The drop-down menu also offers an option to share hikes with friends.

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