The Company  

Based in Seattle since its founding in 1973 by Walt Locke as the first publisher of high-quality recreational topographical maps to Washington State, Green Trails, Inc., now publishes more than 150 titles for the most spectacular mountain, beach and desert areas North America. The companys latest innovation is its Gold Standard Editions of ultralight, waterproof and tear-resistant folded maps, weighing just under 1.5 ounces and printed in multicolor on both sides to cover more terrain more clearly and in more user friendly detail.

Green Trails maps show the most current trail, road, and access information to national forests, national parks, state and local parks and other public lands, and are favored by hikers, climbers, cross-country skiers, horseback riders, hunters, anglers, mountain biker riders and search and rescue groups and recommended by the most venerable and respected climbing guides.

The company's maps now cover Washington and Oregon's Cascade Mountains, Washington's Olympic Peninsula, the Spring Mountains of Nevada, the parks of Phoenix and the Sky Islands of Tucson, and the best of California's Central Coast from Marin County to Big Sur. The new ultralight maps are in addition to Green Trails venerable and updated maps in the 12x18 Inch, 15 Minute Series, 120 of which which continue to lead over 10,000 hikers per year to exhilarating and beautiful places.

Green Trails works with local guidebooks authors, resource agency trail coordinators, and paid mappers to research and update each title regularly, typically prior to printing, and actively solicits feedback from backcountry travelers. That's because Green Trails shares a commitment to the outdoors and hiking with its customers, operating with the mantra "We love these places."

Says company president Alan Coburn: "The Green Trails message is to promote getting outside to enjoy the huge recreational opportunities of our national forests, national parks and ocean beaches. We want these great resources to be valued, respected, used and loved."


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