SWTrails PDX

SWTrails 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 SWTrails’ vision of what the future of trails should be in Portland.
  4. Advocating for walking/biking.
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SWTrails Annual Meeting Thursday, February 28

Please attend SWTrails’ Annual Meeting on Thursday Feb 28, at 7 PM in the Watershed building in Hillsdale.  We will be holding an election for six (6) board members. If you are interested in serving as a Board member, please notify SWTrails by Monday, Feb. 25 of your intent.  Elected board members serve for a two-year term.

SW Trails usually meets on the 4th Thursday of each month at the Watershed Building 6388 SW Capitol Hwy.  Cross streets are Bertha Blvd and Capitol Hwy.  Enter between the buildings in the breezeway. We are in the ground floor conference room, knock on the conference room door for entry.

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SWTrails Monthly Walk Saturday, March 9

The March walk will be led by Dave Manville (this is the walk that was cancelled in February due to snow).  It will be out in the Ashcreek, Crestwood and Maplewood neighborhoods. This will be a 6.7 mile hike with 250 ft elevation changes and some rolling terrain. We will carpool from Wilson High School out to Smith School at SW Marigold and SW 52nd Ave (See attached link below). This hike will be 2 loosely connected loops so there is an opportunity to hike only about 3.5 miles if you like. We will be going through 6 parks and natural areas and traveling on 9 urban connector trails as we wander. Continue reading

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Maricara Park work party: turnpike accomplished!

The ground was frozen, but a SWTrails crew of 8 folks put in a 32 foot turnpike aka raised trail over a mud pit on SW Trail #5 heading through the park. We also added gravel to an additional 30 or so feet of trail to improve all winter use.  Pictures are a before as we start work and an after at the end.

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SW Naito crossing discussions

Thank you to Commissioner Eudaly

Commissioner Eudaly recently wrote a note to South Portland Neighborhood Association (SPNA) and the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) about the much needed but frequently delayed safe crossing of SW Naito at SW Whitaker. The crossing is a key connection for 4T Trail users when the Tram is not operating. It is also a THE key pedestrian connection between the upper and lower campuses of OHSU. It was originally to be a part of the Hooley Bridge project.

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SWTrails Monthly First Thursday Work Party, February 7

SW Trails monthly first Thursday Work Party for February 7th 2019 will be at Maricara Park  from 9am until Noon.  We will meet at SW 30th and SW Maricara at the Park West Entrance (see link below). This is our first 2019 Work Party and from discussions with the Parks trail crew they have a great bunch of much needed work for us to accomplish this year.  Continue reading

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SWTrails February Stroll & Coffee Saturday, February 16

Please join SWTrails on Saturday, February 16, 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. Continue reading

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SWTrails Monthly Walk Saturday, February 9

The February walk will be led by Dave Manville.  It will be out in the Ashcreek, Crestwood and Maplewood neighborhoods. This will be a 6.7 mile hike with 250 ft elevation changes and some rolling terrain. We will carpool from Wilson High School out to Smith School at SW Marigold and SW 52nd Ave (See attached link below). This hike will be 2 loosely connected loops so there is an opportunity to hike only about 3.5 miles if you like. We will be going through 6 parks and natural areas and traveling on 9 urban connector trails as we wander. Continue reading

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SWTrails Monthly Meeting Thursday, January 24, 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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SW Multnomah and Garden Home intersection safety improvements

An open house is scheduled for January 17th from 6:00 to 8:30pm at the Garden Home Rec Center, 7475 SW Oleson Rd, by the Portland Bureau of Transportation, to discuss design options for safety improvements at SW 69th and Garden Home Rd and Multnomah Blvd. Choices are: a roundabout or a traditional street signal. Please come, ask questions and give your feedback! Continue reading

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SWTrails PDX January Stroll & Coffee Saturday, January 26

SWT PDX Stroll and Coffee

Please join Southwest Trails on Saturday, January 26, 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. Our stroll will be the Hillsdale City Park Walk (pictured below) which is around 2.77 mi with an elevation gain of about 271 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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