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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SW Trails Monthly Meeting Thursday, December 20, 7-8:30 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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Student volunteers on the 25th Ave Trail!

Working, learning about native trees and plants, re-establishing habitat and storm water management…and walking the trail.

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SW Trails Monthly Walk Saturday, January 12

The January walk will be led by Sharon Fekety.  From Wilson High School we will cross Capitol Highway and turn right past the library.  Then right on Cheltenham and left on Terwilliger.  We’ll turn right on the Buhler Cut Off trail and cross Barbur Blvd. turning right on Hamilton St. and left on Kelly St.  Then we’ll walk down to Gibbs St. and take the Gibbs Bridge and elevator or stairs to South Waterfront  (bathrooms at OHSU).  We’ll then turn right on River Parkway and get on the Willamette River trail to Pendleton St. where we’ll cross Macadam Ave. and go up the Iowa Trail and back to Wilson High School.  Continue reading

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Work Party to finish Seymour Court Trail steps, Saturday, December 8

We are making the final push to completion on the Seymour Ct trail in the South Portland Neighborhood this coming Saturday Dec 8th, 9:30(ish). We have gravel and bark ordered in for 9AM and will need to move it quickly off the sidewalk. During this work party we will be moving gravel and bark onto the side of the trail and finishing the step pads using buckets. Tasks are spreading, tamping, scraping, hauling, shoveling, and detail work on the step pad surfaces. There is a task for every skill and strength level. Let Dave Manville know if you can attend: 503-753-8186 or daville50@outlook.com. Continue reading

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SW Trails Monthly Work Party Thursday, December 6

SW Trails monthly first Thursday Work Party for December 6th 2018 will be a return to Albert Kelly Park from 9am until noon.  We will meet on the West side of the Park on Mitchell St, look for the big white Parks truck. Albert Kelly Park in the Bridlemile neighborhood has both SW Trail 1 and SW Trail 7 meandering through the park. This month we will be returning to the work we began last spring working on new trail construction on SW Trail 1 where it crosses the newly daylighted stream and heads West to Mitchell St.  Continue reading

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Stroll & Coffee Saturday, December 15

SWT PDX New Walking Option: Please join Southwest Trails on Saturday, December 15, for its new 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. Continue reading

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SWIM (SW In Motion) Open House Thursday, November 29 5:30-7:30

How do you walk, bike and roll in SW? Tell us at the Southwest in Motion Open House!

Southwest Portland’s population continues to grow, but our biking and walking facilities to help people move around the area have not. In fact, less than 50 percent of major streets in Southwest have sidewalks on either one or both sides, the lowest percentage for any area in the city. This is why PBOT staff and a team of neighborhood representatives have been meeting regularly to identify potential projects and discuss the best ways to bring walking and biking facilities to Southwest. The result is a draft project list for walking, biking, and street crossing projects, along with a list of major project priorities for future study. Continue reading

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Seymour Court Steps November Update

The Seymour Court trail continues toward completion by year end 2018, climbing about 40 feet vertically over about 180ft of linear trail toward the Corbett freeway overpass crossing; giving access to Hamilton and Barbur above and Macadam transit and recreational access on the river below. The build team, Chuck, Ron, Lee, Cody and Dave have placed 39 of what will likely be near 50 steps in a sweeping S curve to allow for a gradual but still steep 45% grade climb. Continue reading

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SW Trails Monthly Walk Saturday, December 8

Preceding our monthly walk, those of us who knew John Morris, former Net Team Leader, SW Trails volunteer builder and active member of the Hillsdale community for many years, will meet to remember and celebrate his life. John died recently at his new home in Maryland, from complications following a stroke. He and his wife had moved there this summer to be closer to his family. We’ll meet at 8:30 in the Food Front eating area for the remembrance.

Our December walk will be led by Greg Thiel.  We will start at Wilson High School parking lot, take SW Trails # 3 along SW Burlingame/SW Burlingame Terrace to Terwilliger, then at Nebraska continue on the Iowa trail through the woods, going under Barbur Blvd and I-5 to the Corbett area.  Then we’ll continue on streets to Willamette Park for a restroom break.  Then hike south in the park to SW Trails #4. Continue reading

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“Stroll & Coffee” Walk Saturday, November 17

SWT PDX Offers New Walking Option!

Southwest Trails will now be scheduling a monthly “Stroll and Coffee” walk in addition to its current monthly hike. 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. Hopefully this will offer a time to walk with your neighbors to a wider range of our community.

Our first stroll will be the Terwilliger Loop Walk (pictured below) on Saturday, Nov. 17. 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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Terwilliger Loop Walk (1.94 miles)

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