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.
    City-wide Trails Policy is SW Trails’ vision of what the future of trails should be in Portland.
  4. Advocating for walking/biking.
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Thursday July 26 Picnic/Meeting

It’s time to mark your calendar!   

We’ve decided to have a “PICNIC in the Park” on Thursday, July 26th, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, at Pendleton Park (west side of Hayhurst School, corner of SW 55th & Iowa).  This will be instead of our usual Board/community meeting on the 4th Thursday of each month.

We decided we were due some time for “fun in the shade” of the tall trees at the park instead of sitting in a conference room.  It’s a potluck meal, so bring something you like plus a drink to enjoy, and we’ll all share while we visit.  Significant others and children are welcome. And, as there aren’t many picnic tables, please bring lawn chairs if you wish to be more comfortable (even a folding card table, if you wish).

We’ll be getting this all together next week, so there will be more details to come.

NOTE:  the original right of way for the Red Electric Railroad (built in 1869) is on the north edge of this park – it’s still like it was when they pulled out the tracks in 1932, so you can walk where the tracks were and still see how they rearranged the land to carry the new railroad (this is along the route of our planned Red Electric Trail).

Another note, a link to Pendleton Park: 

Posted in Walks

SW Trails Meeting June 28

Our next SW Trails meeting will be this Thursday June  28th from 7pm until 8:30 in the Watershed Bldg at 6388 SW Capital Hwy.  Come on out and join us this Thursday. Continue reading

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Trail #1 detour

The Whitaker St. Trail (a section of SW Trail 1) will be CLOSED for safety repairs on Tuesday June 19-Friday June 22. The trail is in much need of some maintenance and is due to see a large uptick in use when the OHSU Aerial Tram is closed for repairs this July.  It is anticipated that the trail will be reopened by Saturday June 23rd.
Please follow the detour below:


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SW Trails Monthly Walk July 14, 2018

The July walk will be led by Virginia Hendrickson.  From Wilson High School we will take the Raz-Baack crossing and then follow Trail 6 to Marshall Park. After hiking through the park, we will exit to Maplecrest Drive, cross Terwilliger and make our way to the SW Palatine entrance to Riverview Cemetery.   Continue reading

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Thursday Work Party for June 7th

SW Trails monthly first Thursday Work Party for June  7th 2018 will be at Stephen Creek Natural Area just off Bertha Blvd on the East and Capital Hill Rd on the West from 9AM until Noon. The trail through this area is called the Raz – Baack crossing. We will meet on West side of the Raz -Baack, the Capital Hill Rd side.  Activities for this work party will include cleaning up the trails, brushing, step work to fill and restore the surfaces, and some trail armoring.  The weather shows low 70s and a bit of clouds so it should be perfect for doing trail work.  Remember every first Thursday of the month now through December SW Trails is in a Park somewhere working on a trail, join us or stop by and say hi.

Continue reading

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Website manager needed for SW Trails

SW Trails is looking for a website manager. We have a 20 or so page WordPress site that would require about 1-2 hours a week in posting, designing, arranging, etc.  This could be a good resume opportunity or just a way to help our organization.  Please contact Doug Rogers or Dave Manville if interest or you would like more information.

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SW Trails meeting agenda May 24

Our next SW Trails meeting will be this Thursday May 24th from 7pm until 8:30 in the Watershed Bldg at 6388 SW Capital Hwy. At this months meeting we will have a presentation on the newest version of the PBOT Safe Routes to School plans.  Come on out and join us this Thursday. Continue reading

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Calendar for Trail Maintenance Activities SW TRAILS 2018-2019

Below is a proposed schedule of events for trail maintenance activities in natural areas in SW Portland.  This proposed schedule takes into account optimal times for removing leaf litter and other organics, optimal times for gravelling, appropriate times to brush trail. Continue reading

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SW Trails June 9 Hike

The June 9th walk will be led by Rick Kappler.

We will walk on the Fanno Creek Trail.  We will start our walk by carpooling to Montclair School.  Continue reading

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Work Party – May 3 – Albert Kelly Park

SW Trails monthly first Thursday Work Party for May 3rd 2018 will be at Albert Kelly Park in the Bridlemile Neighborhood from 9AM until Noon. We will meet on West (downhill) side of the park on SW Mitchell Street and will be constructing new gravel trail extending the work done when the daylighting project was finished this last summer. Continue reading

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