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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Washington County Transportation Futures Study Online Open House

Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation is working on getting the word out, as broadly as possible, about the opportunity to participate in the Transportation Future Study online open house between now and February 19, 2016. Click the link to see the open house and participate. Continue reading

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New Sellwood Bridge opening party

The new Sellwood Bridge will have an opening party on Saturday February 27th at noon.

For more details see this newspaper article.

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Work Party Himes Park March 3rd

This months 1st Thursday Work Party with Portland Parks and Recreation City Nature will be up at Himes Park on Thursday March 3 from 9AM to Noon. Continue reading

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Repairing trail in Himes Park in the rain

It was raining on February 4th when the SW Trails volunteers under the guidance of Portland Parks employees set out to repair the trail through Himes Park.

Click on picture to enlarge.

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Red Electric Trail Open House Feb 1, 6-8 pm

The Watershed Building in Hilldale, 6388 SW Capitol Hwy

The first of two planned open houses for the Red Electric Trail Project: SW Bertha to SW Vermont Section. The project will construct a new bike and pedestrian bridge between SW Capitol and SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway. The Bureau of Transportation and the consultant team will present the current design alternatives and alignments being considered for the bridge as well as sidewalk improvements on SW Nebraska. The City is inviting the public to review the current design alternatives and provide feedback. A second open house will be scheduled for March to present the selected design concept. Light refreshments will be provided.

Contact: Elizabeth Mahon, Elizabeth.Mahon@portlandoregon.gov

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Minutes of Dec 2015 SW Trails mtg

Minutes Dec. 17, 2015

SW Trails PDX
Monthly Meeting
Dec. 17, 2015
Watershed Bldg.
6388 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97239
Attendance: Don Baack, Chris Mays, Virginia Hendrickson, Mark Lear, Andrea Wall, Katurah Pennington, Maggie Woodward, Nancy Seton (SWHRL), Glenn Bridger, Wendy Cawley (PBOT), Jennifer Devlin (BES), Steve Mullinax (Bridlemile NA), Barbara Bowers, Barbara Stedman, Mark Lear (PBOT), Doug Rogers, Brett Horner (PP&R), Rick Kapler, Craig Christy, Chris Mays, Sharon Fekety
Mark Lear talked about the proposed Portland Street Maintenance and Safety Fund costing $64 million to go on the May 2016 ballot. 56% for paving and 44% for Safe Routes to School. (See attached) He said the Red Electric grant had been submitted. Continue reading

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SW Trails monthly meeting Jan 28 2016

Trails Meeting January 28 2016 7pm at Watershed in Hillsdale, enter between buildings at 6388 SW Capitol Highway

Agenda Continue reading

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Work Party – Thurs Feb 4 – Himes Park

This months 1st Thursday Work Party with Portland Parks and Recreation City Nature will be up at Himes Park on Terwilliger on Thursday February 4th from 9AM to Noon. Continue reading

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Feb 13 2016, SWTrails urban hike


The February walk will be led by Pete Schmierbach. From Wilson High School we will take back roads and trails to Fairmont Blvd, then stairs to Healy Heights Tower and walk the road to Council Crest Park. Then we’ll take the Marquam Trail down to OHSU and continue down to Terwilliger Blvd. and the Chart House where we’ll take local roads back to Hillsdale. The walk will be about 6.3 miles with 800 feet elevation gain. Continue reading

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Dogs hike with SW Trails

Eight dogs joined 32 people on the January 9, 2015 SW Trails urban hike.

8 dogs on SW Trails urban hike

8 dogs, count them, went on the SW Trails walk through Multnomah Village.

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