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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Fantasy figures see on January walk

On SW Custer there are rings set into the curbs originally designed to tie up your horses. Surprisingly the walkers on the January walk saw horses (and a dinosaur) tied to these rings.  Further along on the hike on SW Canby, we saw other fantasy figures lurking in the forest.

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SW Trails Urban Hike – Feb 10, 2018

SW Trails Walk on Saturday, February 10 at 9:00 am
The February walk will be led by Mark Turner. From Wilson High School we will carpool to the vicinity of SW Corbett St. and SW Whitaker St. Then we will walk up to the Veteran’s Hospital, over to OHSU and then back down past the Casey Eye Institute to Terwilliger Blvd. Continue reading

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No work party with Parks in January

SW Trails and in January SW Trails and Portland Parks take the month off of work parties to let the cookies settle in our tummies.  Monthly first Thursday work parties will resume in February.

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SW Trails meeting Thurs Dec 21, 2017

Our next SW Trails meeting is this Thursday December 21st at 7pm until 8:30 in the Watershed Bldg at 6388 SW Capital Hwy. We know you will be completely ready for the holidays by then so why not stop over and hear about the trails we are building and maintaining and plan to build and maintain in our SW neighborhood area. Continue reading

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Street Surfaces and Maintenance Authority Maps

The Portland Bureau of Transportation has published a map of street surfaces in Portland.  PBOT says “Clicking on the thumbnail will download the pdf. It takes a while to download and open. This is an interim solution while we develop a more web-friendly solution.”

A summary of how much of the various SW Portland neighborhood streets are paved and have sidewalks is available here.

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Sidewalks coming to SW Vermont

The Portland Bureau of Transportation will be installing a sidewalk, someday, on the south side of SW Vermont from SW 46th to SW 52nd; widening the shoulder along the north side of Vermont, west of 52nd; and adding bike lanes east of 52nd. Continue reading

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SW Trails Walk Saturday January 13 9:00 am

The January walk will be led by Pete Schmierbach.  From Wilson High School we will walk down Burlingame Ave. to the Marquam Trail.  Then turn off the Marquam trail onto Nebraska Street and down to the Waterfront trail.  Then we’ll climb the stairs off Taylors Ferry Rd. to Custer St. Then we’ll use side roads to the bridge across the freeway by Safeway  where we’ll take side streets to the Stevens Creek crossing and back to Wilson High School.  The walk will be 5.4 miles with about 500 feet elevation gain. Continue reading

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SW Texas wetland trail SW 26th to SW 25th

Portland’s Environmental Services is designing a project to expand the Texas Wetland near SW Texas St and 26th Ave. The project, at the headwaters of Stephens Creek, will include a new stream bed, a wetland, and native plantings. The site, which is currently an empty lot, will soon help to clean and filter stormwater runoff before it flows into Stephens Creek. Construction is tentatively expected in Summer, 2018.

SW 25 to SW 26 proposed path

Proposed path east from wetland at bottom of SW Texas. Path will go from SW 26th to SW 25th.

New Connector Trail for Pedestrians
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4T Trail Work Party Thursday Dec 7

SW Trails monthly first Thursday Work Party for December will be on the 4T Trail where it crosses Fairmount Blvd (see link below) from 9AM to Noon. We will be doing some tread work on the 4T and some winter leaf and brush clean-up. Continue reading

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SW Trails Request for Support for 2018

Dear Friends of SW Trails,

As we head into the holiday season with its gift giving, I hope you will keep in mind the joy and satisfaction you receive from participating in walks and work parties with SW Trails. You not only renew yourself, you also contribute to the larger community.

Your annual membership is the support behind those activities and we hope you will continue your generosity from the basic membership fee of $10 to whatever level you wish to contribute. Continue reading

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