Washington Trails Association

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Washington Trails Association (WTA) is a non-profit organization that advocates protection of hiking trails and wilderness, conducts trail maintenance, and promotes hiking in Washington state.


WTA first began with publishing Signpost, a grassroots magazine started in 1966 by the late guidebook author Louise Marshall. The late hiking guidebook author Ira Spring co-founded WTA, serving on its board of directors from 1982 until his death in 2003.[1] WTA still publishes a magazine for hikers, now under the name Washington Trails.[2] In 1993, WTA's former executive director, the late Greg Ball, launched the organization's volunteer trail maintenance program, completing just 250 hours of trail work on public lands.[3] In 2016, WTA logged 150,000 hours of trail maintenance by 4,700 volunteers on National Parks, National Forest, and state lands.


  1. ^ The Everett Herald (August 16, 2008). "A mountain named Spring"
  2. ^ Washington Trails
  3. ^ The Seattle P-I (October 20, 2004). Greg Ball, 1944-2004: Trail-building inspiration across state

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