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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.
  4. Advocating for walking/biking
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Iowa St Trail re-opening walk

HILLSDALE TO THE RIVER SOUTH WALK CELEBRATING THE REOPENING OF URBAN TRAIL 3 under I5 at the recently rebuilt Iowa Street structure. (Which will officially be open November 1, 2014.

We gathered in the Rieke parking lot for juice and goodies provided by ODOT. Following brief comments by Susan Hansen of ODOT, and Don Baack, 28 of us fast and slow walkers proceeded to walk the trail on our SW streets, through George Himes park to the new stairs and rebuilt trail under the I5 freeway.

This portion of the Iowa Street Trail was built by ODOT.  You may better know ODOT (the Oregon Department of Transportation) as a builder of highways.

This portion of the Iowa Street Trail was built by ODOT. You may better know ODOT (the Oregon Department of Transportation) as a builder of highways.

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SW Trails September 24, 2014 minutes

Present: Don Baack, Doug Burke, John Gibbons, Rick Kappler, John Morris, Barbara Stedman, Barbara Bowers, Brett Horner, Denver Igarta, Liz Marantz, Sharon Fekety, Hans Steuch

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Self-guided walking tour of SW Watershed

Southwest Watershed Resource Center has prepared a self-guided walking tour of the SW Portland watershed. You can download a map, or pick one up at the Watershed Resource office office which is within the SWNI office in the
Multnomah Arts Center Room #5, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy.
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SW Trails monthly urban hike Nov 8

Mark Turner will lead the monthly walk on Saturday, Nov. 8.  It will be about 6 miles with 400 feet elevation gain.  The theme of this walk is an introduction to six of the Southwest Portland “Little Free Libraries”. If you are unfamiliar with the Little Free Library concept, go to LittleFreeLibrary.org.  Usually there is a container of books in front of someone’s house where you may pick up a book and bring another back to share.

We will meet behind the bleachers at Wilson High School and be ready to go at 9:00 am.  (Sunset Blvd. and Capitol Highway)  Bring a snack and water and dress for the weather.  Well behaved, leashed dogs are allowed.  For health reasons, there is no smoking on SW Trails walks.  For more information, contact Sharon Fekety (fekety@hevanet.com).

Sponsored by Hillsdale Neighborhood Association

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Iowa trail won’t be open until the end of October

Hi Sharon and Don,
Since the Iowa trail won’t be open until the end of October, as we have talked about, I wanted to ask if you would update your website to reflect that information.

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Himes Park Bucket Brigade

The trail through Himes Park, the Iowa street trail, is re-opening at the end of October after having been closed for the past 4 years due to freeway construction.    This time the trail has been built by our government.  But it is worth remembering back to 1996 when volunteers re-surfaced the trail with the bucket brigade. SW Trails encouraged everyone walking along the trail to volunteer by carrying a bucket of grave.

We set up signs encouraging walkers to fill a bucket and help with the graveling of the trail.   The idea was to load the bucket with as much gravel they thought they could carry,  dump it on the trail where it was needed, and then carry the empty bucket to the next gravel site.    (See the photos below.)    We obtained 30 two gallon buckets with plastic handles, and  6 five gallon buckets.  We put 10 buckets at each gravel pile near the signs.  We began by spray painting along the trail in the areas where we most needed gravel.   But as the bucket brigade got underway,  it became evident we could gravel the entire trail, so we changed the instructions to indicate that they should go to where there was no gravel on the trail.

Here are some pictures of that endeavor.

Help SW Trails gravel the Trail. Fill a Bucket - as much as you can carry. Carry it to the end of the new gravel where it is needed. Dump your bucket on the trail. Carry your bucket to the next gravel mound.

Help SW Trails gravel the Trail.
Fill a Bucket – as much as you can carry.
Carry it to the end of the new gravel where it is needed.
Dump your bucket on the trail.
Carry your bucket to the next gravel mound.

Volunteers at the uphill trailhead near Terwilliger.

Volunteers at the uphill trailhead near Terwilliger.

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Portland trails built outside of SW Portland

SW Trails isn’t the only organization building trails in Portland.  Volunteers, over 900 of them, built trails in Forest Park this summer.

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Walkers went to Eagle Point on Sept 27

SW Trails sponsored an extra walk in September.  This walk went to  the Eagle Point lookout where the Friends of Terwilliger and the Portland Parks department had an opening dedication to this new park property.

Eagle Point opening cerimony

Portland City Commissioner Fish welcomes the Friends of Terwilliger and hikers from SW Trails to the dedication of Eagle Point into the Portland Parks network. Eagle Point is a woodsy viewpoint just off Terwilliger Boulevard with a great view of Portland.
Photo credit: Holly A. Zimmerman


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Trail building work party at Woods Park Sat Sept 27th

SW Trails trail builders there is a special work party this coming Saturday Sept 27th at Woods Park to continue construction of the “Marigold to Marigold” trail that will cross the park from West to East and open up safe access to and through the park from the West.

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August 2014 minutes

SW Trails PDX
Monthly Meeting Minutes

August 28, 2014
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