SW Trails PDX

SW Trails is a community group which 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. Developing new walking and biking opportunities (e.g. the 4-T trail, the Red Electric trail) by working with city, county and state planners.
    City-wide Trails Policy is SW Trails’ vision of what the future of trails should be in Portland.
  4. Advocating for walking/biking.
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Plea to City Council to Support SW Trails

Honorable Portland City Council Members:

I find it hard to believe that the City has stated it is not financially responsible for maintaining urban pedestrian trails. Please say I heard it wrong! Continue reading

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Work Party with Portland Parks Thursday June 4 at Terwilliger Wildlands

Time: June 4 9am – noon .
Project: clear trail comdor of invasive species, full bench construction of approved
reroute, fully decommission old alignment
Trail: Woods St. Trail – Terwilliger Wildlands
Meeting location: SW 4~ Ave. and SW Woods St.

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Work Party – Woods Park – Sat May 23

Trail maintenance in Woods Park on Saturday May 23rd 9:00am – noon Help us keep the Cedar and Marigold trails in top shape! Meet at the top of the Stairway Trail just inside the main entrance to the park. Lucy Cohen will be leading our efforts to maintain the Cedar Trail and adjacent Marigold Trail.

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City Council budget hearing on SW Trails

Budget Hearing in Council Chambers May 20th 6:30 to 8:30 pm

SWTrails Had requested funds to maintain our 40 plus miles of SW Urban Trails and assist neighborhoods in improving their trail infrastructure on unbuilt rights of way.

The word we have gotten back is that: the city is not responsible for trails, SWTrails built them without permits so we have no responsibility even though the city funded the construction of many connections. We need to refute this accusation. Continue reading

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Riverview Natural Area Park tentative plans

Riverview Natural Area Park tentative plans are out, you can take a survey and comment by going to the parks web site at


Note that one of the rules they are considering is a ban on ALL DOGS FROM THE PARK whether on leash or not. Please submit your comments before Monday evening May18th.

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SW Trails monthly meeting May 28

SW Trails’ monthly meeting will be on Thursday May 28 at 7:00 pm in the Watershed building at 6388 SW Capitol Highway.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 13, 9:00 am

The June 13 walk will be led by Pete Schmierbach. It was rescheduled from March. From Wilson High School we will carpool to the  Lewis & Clark law school parking lot. The walk will be 5.5 miles and around 700 ft. elevation gain. Continue reading

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May 9 2015 Hike

Thank you to everyone who came to hike with us on a sunny Saturday morning in May. A big thank you to hike leader Dave Manville for a great hike!!!

SW Trails Hike May 9 2015

SW Trails Hike May 9 2015 2

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SW Trails/Portland Parks City Nature work party May 7, 2015

Thank you to all the super terrific volunteers and Parks staff who came to the work party on the Marquam trail. (Some of the non-camera shy are pictured below)  We were able to add a much needed stair and fix a couple of muddy spots on this well used trail. Thank you!




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Plan for improvements on Trail 1 and 4T between Terwilliger and South Waterfront

We have received word that the proposed 2015-16 budget will include funds for the new Hawk crossing of SW Naito at SW Whitaker (Trail 1 and 4T), this means a pedestrian and bicycle rider activated flashing stop signal to make crossing of this major speedway much safer. Continue reading

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