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.
  4. Advocating for walking/biking
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Sidewalk Costs

The Cost of Pedestrian Facilities in SW Portland was evaluated by City of Portland staff December 2013 – January 2014. The results of the evaluation was communicated to SW Trails PDX.

Six recent infill sidewalk projects on one side of streets totaling 13,449 linear feet cost $7,574,065 for a cost of $563 per linear foot. Continue reading

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SW Trails at Multnomah Days

Multnomah Days Parade

SW Trails marching in the Multnomah Days Parade


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Multnomah Days Parade on Saturday, August 16th

Join SWTrails for a walk in the Multnomah Days Parade on Saturday, August 16th.

Wear your SWTrails vest if you have one and want to, bring your children, strollers, dogs, cats, ferrets as long as they are on a leash. This is an opportunity to show your support for SWTrails and to have a good time. Bring a non perishable food item for Neighborhood House if you can.

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Walk Sept 27 Eagle Point Celebration

On Saturday, Sept. 27, SW Trails will lead a 5 mile walk to the celebration of the recent acquisition by The City of Portland and Portland Parks and Recreation of the Eagle Point property on Terwilliger Parkway. We’ll leave Wilson High School at 9:00 am to walk down Trail 3 to Terwilliger Parkway. We’ll walk over 2 miles, to Lowell St. and the property. At 10:00 am there will be exhibits and refreshments and at 10:30 am a few speeches. Then we’ll return via the Parkway and Cheltenham St. The walk will be led by Sharon Fekety and Virginia Hendrickson. Continue reading

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SW Urban Trails Walk Saturday, Sept. 13

Lee Buhler will lead the walk on Saturday, Sept. 13. It will be about 6 miles with little elevation gain. We will meet at Wilson High School and then carpool to the National College of Natural Medicine to walk to the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade and on both sides of the Willamette River, crossing several river bridges. Continue reading

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Work Party – Robert Gray trail – Aug 12 at 9am

SW Trails has been invited by a group of OHSU nursing students, in coordination with Beth Madison, Principal of Robert Gray Middle School, and Stephens Creek Crossing community members, to join a trail clean-up on the Stephens Creek Crossing/Robert Gray Middle School trail on Tuesday, August 12th from 9:00-12:00.

If you can help with this effort, meet at Stephens Creek Crossing, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, at 8:30. They will move over to the portion of the trail crossing Fanno Creek by 9:00 AM. The plan is to remove trash and pull as many ivy and blackberry vines as possible! Refreshments will be provided.
Volunteers from SW Trails or other interested members of the community are welcome.

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Stephen’s Creek trail clean-up

Our group of OHSU nursing students, in coordination with Beth Madison,
Principal of Robert Gray Middle School, and Stephens Creek Crossing
community members, will be doing a trail clean-up on the Stephens Creek
Crossing/Robert Gray Middle School trail on August 12th from 9-12. We will
meet at Stephens Creek Crossing at 8:30 and move over to the portion of the
trail crossing Fanno Creek by 9:00 AM. We plan to remove trash and pull as
many ivy and blackberry vines as possible! Refreshments will be provided. We
welcome volunteers from SW Trails or other interested members of the
community. Thank you!

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Loos needed for trails

Thanks to all of you who contacted Parks about the need to restore the Rieke Soccer Field, it is on the bond list. Now we have an opportunity to ask the Portland City Council to include two Portland Loos (combination bathroom and drinking fountain) along popular hiking trails:

1. A Loo at Council Crest Park, there is not one public bathroom between the Zoo and OHSU. I have been told by parents of small children the trip takes up to 6 hours. This is an important much needed amenity for this very popular trail.

2. A Loo available at all hours at the site of the Rieke Soccer field which , when renovated, will have almost constant daily use, especially if it has lights installed. The Loo will also serve the popular Hillsdale Farmers Market (now served with a honey bucket that is locked when the Farmers Market is not operating). It will also serve walkers using the Hillsdale to Lake Oswego Trail.

Contact the city council by letter, email or phone immediately.

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Hillsdale Farmers Market Oct 5

Oct 5th Sun 10 to 2 Hillsdale Farmers Market SWTrails will have a Booth at the Hillsdale Farmers Market 10 -2 volunteers needed to man the booth, the market sets up for us. This is the last event of the year as of now.

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Sunday Parkways Sept 28

Sep 28th Sun 10 to 2? Sunday Parkways SWTrails will have a Booth, we will need 8 people to share 1 hour or so shifts to man the booth. You can also volunteer for a shift on a street corner to direct traffic. Last years event was cancelled because of weather.

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