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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Work Party – Wilson HS – Aug 26

SW Trails will join the work party sponsored by Wilson High School on August 26 from 9 am to 1pm.  The SW Trails group will work on the section of Trail #3 on the north side of the school campus as we have done in previous years.  Lunch will be provided by some school organization.

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Multnomah Days Parade and booth

SW Trails will have a booth at Multnomah Days (August 19) and participate in the Parade.

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SW Trails hike – Sept 9, 2017

The Saturday, September 9 walk will be led by Rick Kappler and will showcase parts of the future Red Electric Trail.  We will meet at Wilson High School and carpool to Gabriel Park.  Continue reading

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Seen on Aug 2017 SW Trails hike

Bob McGown with radio telescopes

Astrophysist Bob McGown invited the SW Trails hikers to view his radio and optical telescopes at his backyard observatory.

Continue reading

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4T Trail Work Party Thursday August 3rd

SW Trails monthly first Thursday Work Party on August 3rd will be on the 4T Trail or Markham trail as it heads up toward Patton Rd from the highway 26 on ramp. We will be doing tread work, trail grading, brushing, possibly work on some steps as the trail heads up the hill. Our work area is shaded for the most part and the work party has been reduced to 2 hours because of the expected heat that day. Be a bit early and we can get going at 9 AM and work util 11AM. Continue reading

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SW Trails urban hike – Aug 12

The Saturday, August 12, walk will be led by Hans Steuch. It will be a counter-clock wise six mile loop with 700 feet elevation gain extending mainly south and east from Stephenson School to which we will carpool. The walk will take us through a bit of Mountain Park, unincorporated Clackamas County, Tryon Creek State Park and Arnold Creek Neighborhood. Continue reading

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Work Party – 4T Trail – Aug 3

• Project: Tread reconstruction, step replacement, and/or switchback rerouting.
• Trail: 4T/Marquam Trail between Hwy 26 and SW Patton Continue reading

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Work Party – Thursday July 6 – 4T Trail

SW Trails regular monthly first Thursday Work Party is on July 6th from 9AM to NOON. We we will be at the 4T Trail between SW Patton and HWY 26. Continue reading

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SW Trails meeting June 29 2017

Agenda for THURSDAY June 29th 2017 7PM Meeting of SW Trails at the Watershed Building 6388 SW Capital Hwy cross street Bertha Blvd.

  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of last month minutes
  • Upcoming events
  • Next Month Hike Announcement
  • Next Month Work Party announcement
  • Project status on in process or underway projects
  • Advocates Corner
  • Signs, Treasury, Membership, Social Media, updates
  • Other Developments and Business
  • Announcements
  • Adjourn at 8:30 PM

We had a table at last weeks Metro Barbara Walker Trails Fair and got to tell our story to quite a few visitors, and other government agencies. We heard about other local and regional projects that are very exciting. We will share the news at this month meeting.

Also of note, we have updates on several projects that have gained traction in the last month. Specifically, completion by Don of the process to do step repairs that neighbors have requested and movement on funding the SW 25th & Bertha to BH-HWY SRTS project.

So, stop on over and join us for some lively trails discussion.

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Work Party 4T Trail July 6th 2017

  • Project:  Tread improvements, graveling, brushing/pruning
  • Trail:  4T/Marquam Trail between SW Patton Rd and Hwy 26
  • Meeting location:   In front of the Children’s Museum.  PP&R will provide volunteer parking passes for vehicles parked in Washington Park/Zoo parking lot. Readily accessible via TriMet. We will gather at the Children’s Museum and walk to the trailhead as a group.

Future Work Parties

August 3th 2017 Work Party
• Project: Tread reconstruction, step replacement, and/or switchback rerouting.
• Trail: 4T/Marquam Trail between Hwy 26 and SW Patton
• Meeting location: In front of the Children’s Museum. PP&R will provide volunteer parking passes for vehicles parked in Washington Park/Zoo parking lot. Readily accessible via TriMet. We will gather at the Children’s Museum and walk to the trailhead as a group.

September 7th 2017 Work Party
• Project: Construct trail connection from bike/ped path and playground to natural area
• Trail: April Hill Park trail connection
• Meeting location: April Hill Park, entrance off SW Miles St and 59th Ave.

October 5th 2017 Work Party
• Project: Tread improvements, close social trails
• Trail: SW Trail 3 and connectors, Gabriel Park
• Meeting location: Parking lot off SW Canby

November 2nd 2017 Work Party
• Project: Leaf removal
• Trail: Marshall Park
• Meeting location: Playground entrance at SW 12th Pl.

December 7th 2017 Work Party
• Project: Leaf removal, tread drainage
• Trail: 4T route – trail TBD
• Meeting location: TBD

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