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, November 21, 7:00-8:30 pm

Please join SWTrails for our monthly meeting–held one week earlier than usual, to accommodate Thanksgiving–Thursday, November 21, from 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!

SWTrails Monthly Meeting November 21 Agenda

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Stroll & Coffee Saturday, November 16

Please join SWTrails on Saturday, November 16, at 9 am for its monthly “Stroll and Coffee.”  The 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 of all ages welcome. Sorry, dogs, this is a human-only walk. Continue reading

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SWTrails Monthly Hike Saturday, November 9

SWTrails’ November hike, led by Greg Thiel, will pass through the Multnomah,
Ashcreek, and Hillsdale neighborhoods. We will be wandering through three
natural areas: Gabriel Park, Woods Park Natural Area, and the Raz Baack
Crossing, as well as some quiet side streets and right-of-way trail connections as
we head south from Wilson High School, making our way to SWTrails Urban
Trail #7 and follow that almost to Taylors Ferry Rd. Continue reading

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SWTrails Monthly Work Party Thursday, November 7, 9 am to noon

SW Trails monthly Thursday Work Party for November 7th will be a return to Council Crest where the paved trail comes up on the West side, from 9am until Noon.  We are going to continue the step replacement we started last month and also head over to the 4T N of Patton to do some cleanup over there. It is Fall and there is lots and lots to do out on the trails in preparation for winter. Continue reading

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We need a hiking coordinator!

SWTrails needs a hiking coordinator to: publicize our monthly hikes, help ensure that hike leaders have the information they need to prepare routes and maps, encourage SWTrails members and fellow hikers to lead a hike, and help hike leaders with our sign-up sheets. No experience necessary! If you like to hike, and have attended or plan to attend some of our monthly walks and hikes, that’s a plus–but definitely not necessary. If you’re interested or would like to find out more, please email Britta Gordon at swtrailsbritta@gmail.com. And thank you!

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We move LARGE rocks!

SWTrails and the Portland Parks Department collaborate on the first Thursday of each month to do maintenance on some of the trails in our southwest area. We’re always happy when new volunteers show up: October’s work party near Council Crest persuaded two young tourists from Kansas to join in! SWTrails board member Hans Steuch files this report (with photos):  Continue reading

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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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