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. 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 SWTrails’ vision of what the future of trails should be in Portland.
  4. Advocating for walking/biking.

NEW: SWTrails has developed a series of GIS maps and apps that will make using our trails much easier and more informative:   https://swtrails.maps.arcgis.com

Install the new map on your mobile device:                                                                    GIS map app

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SWTrails Monthly Meeting Thursday, October 24, 7-8:30 pm

SWTrails monthly meeting will be held Thursday, October 24, from 7:00-8:30 p.m.We meet in the Watershed apartment building in Hillsdale, 6388 SW Capitol Hwy. (parking is available in the shopping center across the street) in their community conference room on the main floor next to the central outdoor courtyard next to SW Bertha Ct. (enter directly from the courtyard).  Everyone is WELCOME!

SWTrails Monthly Meeting Agenda Thursday,  October 24

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SWTrails Monthly Hike Saturday, October 12

Walk to the Willamette with SW Trails on October 12th on our regular 2nd Saturday hike. Dave Manville will lead this 6 mile hike starting at the Wilson High School bleachers and heading east through Burlingame and into George Himes park on SW Trail #3, and then through the park to South Portland and the Willamette trail. We will pass through Willamette Park,  then head back via the steps on SW Trail 4 and Burlingame Park, cross the Freeway on SW 19th and SW Trail #6 and head North via the Raz-Baack crossing and end back where we began at Wilson. This trail will have about 875 ft of elevation change. Continue reading

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SWTrails Monthly Work Party Thursday, October 10

SW Trails monthly Thursday Work Party for October 10th (Note this is the 2nd Thursday not our usual 1st Thursday ) will be at Council Crest over by where the paved trail comes up on the West side from 9am until Noon.  We are going to be placing new steps and brushing out in and around the area. PLEASE NOTE: Parks has a request of our SW Trails volunteer group to let them know ahead of time if you can attend so they can better prepare for the group size. They have set up a project page on Solve, if you plan to attend please use the  page below, or just reply to me via this eMail and I will add you to our SW Trails group.

https://www.solveoregon.org/opportunity/a0C1I00000N1jcPUAR

or: email   daville50@outlook.com Continue reading

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Two Walking Bridges Open in SW!

The Foley Balmer Bridge (in the Foley Balmer Natural Area, accessed at SW 18th Pl and SW Collins Ct or up on SW Lancaster Road) and the Owl Creek Bridge (best accessed from SW 18th Pl and Marshall Park—with a very small parking area) are now open. These are beautiful new bridges. Continue reading

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SWIM City Council Hearing City Hall CANCELLED

The SWIM hearing tomorrow, Wednesday, September 25, has been cancelled. Continue reading

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STEPtember Walk with Sharon Meieran Wednesday, September 25, 8:30-10:30 am

Join SWTrails and Multnomah County Commissioner Sharon Meieran for a STEPtember walk!

STEPtember is a month of walking fun on foot, sponsored by Oregon Walks. http://steptemberpdx.org Continue reading

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Stroll & Coffee Saturday, September 21

Explore East Hillsdale: Please join SWTrails on Saturday, September 21, for its monthly “Stroll and Coffee” walk. The “Stroll and Coffee” walk is designed to offer a walking opportunity that is shorter than our traditional hike and ends with a stop for coffee and socializing if you desire. Kids (and well-behaved pets) of all ages welcome.

We will be exploring the eastern section of Hillsdale by heading off between Wilson High and Rieke Elementary Schools. We will walk east on Vermont and wander south at SW 11th to SW Caldew, to SW Terwilliger, where we head north to SW Nevada to explore Hillsdale between Terwilliger and Barbur before circling back to our starting point. We will meet at 9am in the parking lot of Wilson High School near the food trucks (the same location for our longer hikes). Hope to see you there. Continue reading

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SWTrails Monthly Meeting Thursday, September 19

PLEASE NOTE: OUR MEETING IS ONE WEEK EARLIER THAN USUAL, DUE TO SCHEDULING CONFLICTS WITH OTHER COMMUNITY EVENTS.

SWTrails Monthly meeting will be held Thursday, September 19, from 7:00-8:30 p.m.We meet in the Watershed apartment building in Hillsdale, 6388 SW Capitol Hwy. (parking is available in the shopping center across the street) in their community conference room on the main floor next to the central outdoor courtyard next to SW Bertha Ct. (enter directly from the courtyard).  Everyone is WELCOME! Continue reading

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Work Party Sunday, September 15

On Sunday, Sept. 15, we will meet at the corner of the SW 25th ROW and SW Bertha Blvd from 9 am-12 pm.  Weeding and protecting trees from invasive ivy will be the order of the day. Continue reading

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SWTrails Monthly Hike Saturday, September 14

Dave Manville will lead this month’s hike. We’ll use Smith School as our starting point (SW 52nd Ave & Marigold St.), traveling through four natural areas—Dickinson Park, Ashcreek Natural Area, Maricara Park and Woods Park—as well as along several of our SW connector trails. The hike is about 6.25 miles with an elevation change of 250 feet. Continue reading

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