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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Louise Marshall, 90, "poured her life" into hiking and the outdoors

By Charles E. Brown
Seattle Times staff reporter

When Louise Marshall told someone to take a hike, she meant it. She claimed no credit for pioneering hiking in the Northwest, but local hiking enthusiasts consider her one of outdoor recreation's most ardent boosters.

Mrs. Marshall wrote the first Northwest hiking book, "100 Hikes in Western Washington," a forerunner for many of the "100 Hikes" books still in print. She started the first Northwest hiking magazine, "Signpost," which now is called "Washington Trails."

Mrs. Marshall, a founder of the Washington Trails Association (WTA), headquartered in Seattle, died Wednesday at her Lynnwood home. She was 90. >>More>>