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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Join SWTrails in Multnomah Days Parade 10 AM Saturday August 18

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Join SWTrails Volunteers in walking in the Multnomah Days Parade on Saturday August 18th. By 9:45 meet Hans, the fellow in the photo, who will be holding a SWTrails sign somewhere south of the bridge over Multnomah Blvd preparing to walk in the short parade.   This is a good way to show support for the many efforts SWTrails makes to improve our SW  active transportation infrastructure.

If you cannot walk with us in the parade, stop by the booth to talk about the improvements you would like to see in the area of SW where you live.  We hope to get permits to improve several trails in the next year.  Our booth should be on the south side of the street.

We are working hard to get the ridiculously difficult process of obtaining permits simplified.   After nearly 3 years under the new rules, we have not yet obtained a permit to improve on a single trail that was not city funded. 

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SW Trails Monthly Walk August 11, 2018

Saturday, August 11, 9:00 am

The August walk will be led by Hans and Jette Steuch. We will start our walk by carpooling to Brugger St near Lewis and Clark College.

Starting at Brugger Street we will head north on View Point Terrace, through River View Cemetery to Taylors Ferry Road, Fulton Park Boulevard and Corbett Avenue until we intersect Trail 3 at Carolina Street. We’ll take Trail 3 east and south to Willamette Park and follow trails south along the Willamette River, under the Sellwood Bridge, through Powers Marine Park to a point where we head west, cross Macadam Ave, and return via trails in River View Natural Area to Brugger Street. Continue reading

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SW Trails Work Party Thursday August 2nd

SW Trails monthly first Thursday Work Party for August 2nd 2018 will be on the 4T trail over at Patton Rd and Humphrey Blvd from 9AM until Noon. This is the section of the trail that goes down and over to ZOO but we are meeting up on the Patton St side this time. Parking is hard to come by over here so car pool if you can or take bus 51. There is parking a couple of blocks away on side streets, so maybe be a bit early to find a spot if you drive.  Activities for this work party will include cleaning up the trails, brushing, step replacement work, a section of trail rerouting and some trail armoring.  It might be cooler on Thursday and this work is in the shade of trees and on the North slope of the hill.  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.

As always our work is guided by the Portland Parks Lands Stewardship folks. and Parks will bring all the tools, gloves, and materials we need, and also, coffee, snacks, water, and usually some fruit. On these work parties it is not necessary to stay for the whole event and you can work at whatever level your skill and energy allows. It is just great to meet the neighbors and get a little trail work in.

Link to Patton rd and 4T–> https://goo.gl/maps/oXxUtC3LdE92

Attire should be sturdy shoes, work cloths, summer layers, and sun lotion . We look forward to seeing you out on this work party.

Call me or text with any questions

Dave Manville

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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: 

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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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