SWTrails PDX

SWTrails is a community group that promotes walking and biking in southwest Portland, Oregon by:

  1. Leading regular monthly hikes.
  2. Organizing volunteer work parties to build and maintain trails.
  3. Working with city, county and state planners to develop safe pedestrian routes.
  4. Advocating for safe walking/biking in southwest Portland.

In response to COVID-19, we’ve developed over 30 Self-Led Hikes for you to enjoy with your family and “pod” members.

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3rd Saturday Walk July 17 @9am

Meet at the back side of Ida Wells High School (formerly Wilson HS) a few minutes before 9am.  Our walk today follows part of SWTrails #6 that leads us through a neighborhood where houses are nestled among some of Portland’s natural forest area, through the west side of Marquam Natural Area, and up to a lovely view of downtown Portland before returning back to where we started. From the school we will walk up SW Sunset to SW DeWitt to walk past the park there. Then we’ll go up SW Cheltenham which turns into SW Westwood, then turn onto SW Northwoods.  We’ll walk through the east side of the Marquam Nature Park up to a vista viewpoint of downtown Portland.  We’ll then head back the way we came, turning onto SW Westwood Ct., then SW Martha St, to SW 18th, and finally onto SW Sunset to arrive back at the school.  The walk is 2.4 miles long with an elevation change of 285 ft.

 

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2nd Saturday Walk July 10 @9am

Meet at the back side of Ida Wells High School (formerly Wilson HS) a few minutes before 9am. From the high school we will walk over to George Himes Park along SWTrail #3 down to the riverpath, then back up using the Seymour Ct steps. We will then walk along Slavin Rd, the future route of the Red Electric Trail. We’ll then use the Buhler Cut-off to get to Terwilliger, then Cheltenham St, up to the Hillsdale Library and back to the high school. The walk is 5mi with a 600-ft elevation change.

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June Board Meeting

June 24 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend our monthly board meeting.
Join via ZOOM by clicking HERE

AGENDA:

  • Introductions
  • Approval of Agenda (additions/changes?)
  • Approval of last meeting’s Minutes (May. 27th)
  • Upcoming community events – any that we should join ON-LINE?…
  • Treasurer’s report – monthly update & AARP donation for pedestrian bench /  Lee
  • Membership update /  Doug  (Christa is unable to attend)
  • Social Media /  Barbara
  • Our organized monthly walks have begun again! /  Nan, Dave, and Deb
  • Updating our website /  Brian and Deb
  • Self-led Hikes update /  Brian
  • ALPENROSE DAIRY property development and our Red Electric Trail /  Doug
  • Planning for meetings in July & August – Picnics? Face-to-Face meetings?  /  Doug
  • Trail maintenance work parties /  Dave
  • Advocate’s Corner /  Don

— Insurance application to have City’s Office of Civic Life pay for our insurance
— “Multnomah Days” is coming on Aug. 21 and we’ll have a booth
— Proposal sent 6-10-21 to City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty

  • “Last minute” announcements?           (Next meeting — Thurs., July 22nd)
  • Adjourn at 08:30 pm (+/-)
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3rd Saturday Walk/Stroll June 19 @9am

3rd Saturday Stroll and Coffee:  Join us on Saturday, June 19, at 9am near the food carts in Hillsdale behind Wells (formerly Wilson) High School.  This walk is designed to offer a walking opportunity shorter than the 2nd Saturday walk and ends with a stop for coffee and socializing if you desire.  We will walk to Burlingame Park and back while exploring the Burlingame neighborhood and three features significant to our organization:  the first steps built by SWTrails (Canby steps), the Raz-Baack Crossing, and a future improvement project on the 19th Ave right-of-way.  Distance 2.83 miles with a 266-foot elevation change.  This hike follows the route of self-led-hike #21

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2nd Saturday Walk June 12 @9am

2nd Saturday Walk:  Join us on Saturday, June 12, near the food carts in Hillsdale behind Ida B Wells (formerly Wilson) High School at 9am.  The walk begins near the food carts and takes us up SW Sunset, around Robert Gray Middle School to cross Trillium Creek, then east to Albert Kelly Park.  We will walk by Fanno Creek Natural Area, through Gabriel Park, past the Frisbee Golf Course, through Stephens Creek Nature Park, and then head back to our starting point.  Distance is 5.8 miles with a 734-foot ascent.

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April Board Meeting – Via Zoom

April  22 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm

Please join us for our monthly board meeting.  

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend our meeting.  Due to coronavirus protocols, we will be gathering virtually via Zoom.

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Hike #34: Corbett to Terwilliger Loop

With spring in full effect, we welcome the chance to explore one of Portland’s most celebrated pedestrian routes, historic Terwilliger Parkway. Read on for more details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name:  Terwilliger Corbett Loop
Neighborhood: South Portland, Hillsdale, Homestead
Distance: 6.97 miles
Difficulty: Hard
Elevation Change: 439 ft
Start/End Location: S. Boundary and S. Corbett Ave
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March Board Meeting- Via Zoom

March 25 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend our meeting.  Due to coronavirus protocols, we will be gathering virtually via Zoom.

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Hike #33: Sellwood Tilikum Loop

We have been posting hikes for an entire year and have none of our routes have left the west side of Portland.  Here you have it – in this hike we venture across two bridges while exploring Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge and Sellwood Riverfront Park.  Coincidentally, this hike has the least elevation change of any of our hikes at only 87 feet!  Does this mean that there are more hills in West Portland?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name:  Sellwood Tilikum Loop
Neighborhood: South Portland, Sellwood
Distance: 8.10 miles
Difficulty: Hard
Elevation Change: 87 ft
Start/End Location: Sellwood Park
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Hike #32: Mountain Goat Loop

Want to train for summer hikes or backpacking trips without leaving the city? This hike will take you to both the lowest (Willamette river) and highest points (Council Crest) in the city!  After you finish you will feel -and maybe smell- like a mountain goat.  Enjoy the hiker’s alternative to goat yoga free of charge! Read on for more details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name:  Mountain Goat Loop
Neighborhood: South Portland, Hillsdale, Healy Heights
Distance: 8.81 miles
Difficulty: Hard
Elevation Change: 1,058 ft
Start/End Location: George Himes Park (Terwilliger and Nebraska)
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