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

More instructions

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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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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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New GIS App Instructions

SWTrails introduces a mobile application that lets you follow your favorite trails on a mobile device.

As part of our GIS mapping initiative, SWTrails is happy to announce a mobile mapping option for SWTrail Routes! Searchable maps that include markup and measurement tools will help you to easily find your way. The four steps outlined below will have you out there exploring SW Portland with your mobile device guiding you along in no time! Continue reading

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SWTrails Monthly Work Party Thursday, September 5

SW Trails monthly Thursday Work Party for Sept 5th 2019 will be at Foley-Balmer Natural Area from 9am until Noon.  We are going to work on the trail down to the NEW BRIDGE !!  Brushing and a bit of trail grading will be the order of the day.

We will meet over on SW Collin Ct side cross St is SW 18th, parking available in the Ct (see map below). Continue reading

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Our youngest volunteer, manning the booth at Multnomah Days

Already taking safety, walking and trail connectivity seriously……

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SWTrails at Multnomah Days!

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SWTrails Stroll & Coffee Walk Saturday, August 24

Please join Southwest Trails on Saturday, August 24, 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 heading to George Himes Park to walk down its paths through the park; then we will walk up Terwilliger, cross Capitol Hwy, and continue on until we reach SW Cheltenham. We will then walk up Cheltenham, which will lead us back to SW Sunset to complete the loop. 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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Wilson High School Landscaping and Cleanup Saturday, August 24

We’ll meet at 9 am east of the food carts at Wilson High School.

Attire should be sturdy shoes, work cloths, long sleeves due to brush, gloves, eye protection.  Wilson will provide water, coffee, snacks, and lunch.  We will be trimming back the growth along Trail 3 where  we have worked for years.
We may trim some ivy on the trees along Burlingame Avenue adjacent to the Wilson Property.  Bring clippers, pruners, rake, hoe and any other tools useful in pruning brush and cutting out ivy and weeds.

See you there!

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SWTrails Monthly Meeting Thursday, August 22, 7-8:30 pm

SWTrails Monthly meeting will be held Thursday, August 22nd, 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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