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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Eena (Beaver) Festival

 

 

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STEPtember Walk- SW Portland with Commissioner Meieran

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Press Release:

Join me for coffee and a walk so I can hear your thoughts, concerns, and questions directly from you! We are partnering with SW Trails, a community group in District 1 that promotes wellness and supports safe walking and biking in SW Portland, on a walk through our neighborhoods! Continue reading

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September Board Meeting

September 23 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend our meeting.  To join the meeting online via Zoom, please click HERE

Meeting ID: 858 8947 5660
Passcode: 217514

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3rd Saturday Walk/Stroll, Sept 18, 9am

September 18, 2021, meet at 8:45am, leave at 9am
Meet at the Back Side of Ida B. Wells High School

Title:  A Park, Hillsdale Park Loop
Length:  2.95 miles
Elevation change:  293 ft.

Join us as we explore the neighborhood surrounding Stephens Creek Natural Area, walk along SWTrail #3 past the Frisbee Golf Course, down to A Park, up to Hillsdale City Park, and then circle back to where we started. There are a few steep stairs, so bring walking sticks if you need them.

As always, well behaved dogs on leash and children are welcome.  Note that smoking on our walks is not permitted for health reasons.  Please be prepared: dress for the weather, bring water and a snack if you like. As per current COVID guidelines, bring a mask and maintain a 6-foot distance between walkers other than your personal family or pod and for other walkers we may encounter along the way.  We hope to see you there.

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Trail 5 Through Lewis and Clark Now Open

The section of Trail 5 going through the campus of Lewis and Clark College that was closed due to the pandemic is once again open.  Walkers no longer need to use our detour posted in August, 2020.

Get out and enjoy!

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Work Party at Ida B. Wells High School, August 28

Time:  9-12am

Join us for our regularly scheduled clean-up on Trail 3 alongside Wells High School’s northern edge near the food trucks and bleachers. Bring gloves, hedge trimmers, pruners, and clippers. A chainsaw may be useful to attack some of the larger growth.

Pizza will be provided for lunch.

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August Board Meeting

August Board Meeting – Aug 26 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend our meeting. To join online:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83942019318?pwd=SnJNSjBxZWxHSC9mOFFrMWdhRDYzZz09

Meeting ID: 839 4201 9318
Passcode: 072441

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SWTrails PDX Walks Again

SW Trails Neighborhood Hikes are back in full swing.  Our June and July hikes were a huge success.  We were all so happy to see one another again and welcome new walkers!

2nd Saturday Hikes are usually 5-7 miles in length with elevation ups and downs at a 2.5-3 mph pace.  Challenging!  If you have doubts if a hike of this length and pace is right for you then try out our 3rd Saturday Stroll and Coffee which is a shorter 2-3.5 mile walk with gentler hills, a bit slower pace at about 2.0 mph with an optional coffee stop at the end. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early so we can be ready to start promptly at 9am.

On both hikes, an experienced guide will help you discover the hidden parks and secret cut-throughs that wind through Portland’s southwest neighborhoods.  If there is a trail in SW Portland that you love, SW Trails probably helped establish it and helps to maintain it.  We are completely volunteer-based. Let us know if you’d like to participate in:  trail work (volunteer@swtrails.org); lead a hike (walks@swtrails.org); donate or become a member.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The August 2021 Stroll will be on the 4th Saturday in August due to Multnomah Days scheduled on the 3rd Saturday. We really hope to see you at our booth during Multnomah Days on Saturday, August 21, and on the Stroll and Coffee walk on Saturday, August 28!

The August 2nd Saturday Walk will be held on Aug 14.  We hope you can make it!

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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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