OHSU Tram shutdown July 1-July 8

The Aerial Tram from the South Waterfront neighborhood to OHSU will be closed until Monday, July 8 for maintenance: http://www.gobytram.com/closure

The link above details options during the closure, including a shuttle. But consider also using SWTrails Urban Trail #1 if you’d like to take that route on foot…..

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SWTrails Monthly Meeting Thursday, June 27 7:00-8:30 pm

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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9th Annual Barbara Walker Trails Fair & Symposium Wednesday, June 26

The 9th Annual Barbara Walker Trails Fair and Symposium: “Trails, Access and Inclusion: Planning and Building a System for All” will “be a chance for learning, sharing ideas and connecting.” It will be held at Metro Council Chambers, 600 NE Grand Ave., from 12:30-6 pm. If you are interested in attending, follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/9th-annual-barbara-walker-trails-fair-and-symposium-tickets-60827229882

The event is named after Barbara Walker, a parks, greenspace and trails advocate who helped create parks and trail systems such as the Marquam Nature Park, the Tom McCall Water Park and the Springwater Corridor.

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Stroll & Coffee Walk Saturday, June 15

Please join Southwest Trails on Saturday, June 15, at 9am, 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.

Our stroll will take us down the SW 25th ROW and up through Hillsdale City Park. We will then walk down SW Boundary, take a short jog on SW Dosch, and then take SW Dosch Park to view the heritage trees. We will complete our circle walking down SW Campbell, Sunset and 19th. 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.

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SWTrails Monthly Walk

Dave Manville will lead our June 8 walk. This walk has about 150 ft in elevation change, and it is 6.4 miles long. We’ll leave Wilson High School and head to Raz Baack crossing, then on to Gabriel Park and visit some new trails; then on over to April Hill park and a natural area on SW Trail 3. On our back we head northeast to Vermont, check out the recent sidewalk improvements and stop at the SW Community Center; then up through the Gabriel Park and onto Vermont to Capitol Highway, walking on sidewalks for our return to Wilson. Continue reading

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SWTrails Monthly Work Party Thursday, June 6

SW Trails monthly Thursday Work Party for June 6th 2019 will be at Albert Kelly Park from 9am until Noon.  We are going to work on SW Trail #1 passing through the park and extend the trail segments we put in a few months ago near Mitchell St for better winter use of the trail through the park, we will also be doing a spruce up on the section that crosses the creek. This work will be about cutting out some sod for the trail extensions and putting down a bed of gravel to walk on in the wet times. Continue reading

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No May Monthly Meeting

NO meeting this month for SW Trails!  Normally we would be meeting on May 23rd, but we’ve got a number of people out-of-town (two are in Europe!), so we wouldn’t have a quorum to do any official business.  Our next regular meeting will be on Thursday, June 27th.

We have been very involved in two of Portland Bureau of Transportation’s projects, and we would encourage everyone to look these up on PBOT’s website to see what’s going on for SW Portland:  PedPDX and SW in Motion.  These two projects are detailed plans for PEDESTRIAN use of our city streets and will guide our city planners for many years to come — do take a look because they are planning for OUR community!

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Stroll & Coffee Walk

Please join Southwest Trails on Saturday May 18 at 9am, 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.

Our stroll will take us through the Stephens Creek Natural area to the Frisbee Golf Course. From there we will walk down the SW Bertha ROW restoration project and then head back to where we started. The walk is around 2.02 mi with an elevation gain of about 129 ft. 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 Walk

Lee Buhler will lead the walk on May 11 to Tryon Creek Park. We will start by car pooling to the SW 4th Ave. entrance to Tryon Creek Park, a lush, wooded, reminder of the thick vegetation that once covered the SW hills of Portland.   From the trailhead we will go through some outer loop trails in Tryon Creek Park including 4th Ave.Trail, Lewis and Clark Trail, Cedar Trail, Red Fox Trail, etc.  We should see a variety of native forest flowers, forest critters, and hopefully Trillium should be blooming.  The hike will be 4.5 to 5.5 miles depending on how people are doing. The hike has ups and downs with about 600 feet elevation gain. The trails may be a bit muddy so dress accordingly. Continue reading

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SWTrails Monthly Meeting

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!

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