SWTrails PDX

SWTrails is a community group that 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 Stroll & Coffee Saturday, April 20

SWTrails next Stroll and Coffee is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, at 9 am.  We will meet at Wilson High School near the food trucks.  Lee Buhler will lead the walk along Terwilliger Blvd. and down Hamilton St. to his house for a cup of coffee.  We will then car pool, or take one of the many nearby buses, back to Wilson High.  Bring bus fare.  Those that are up to it can also walk back.  Hope to see you there, and remember that children and well behaved dogs are welcome.

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SWTrails Monthly Walk Saturday, April 13

Don Baack will lead the walk on April 13.  It will be the 4T, Trail, Tram, Trolley and Train with the addition of Bus.  For this walk you must be signed in by 8:45 am at Wilson High School to take the bus from Hillsdale at 9:01 am.  From the bus we will catch MAX at Pioneer Square to the Zoo. Then we’ll walk up the Marquam Trail to Council Crest, down the trail to OHSU, then ride free down the Portland Aerial Tram to South Waterfront, then north on the Trolley back to Pioneer Square and Bus back to Wilson High School. Continue reading

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PedPDX Pedestrian Plan “View & Review Party” Monday, March 18, 5:30-7pm

PBOT is asking for your input on PedPDX, PBOT’s new Pedestrian Plan for Portland,  before the plan goes to the City Council in June.  PBOT will host one of several public review sessions Monday the 18th at the Multnomah Arts Center Gymnasium, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, from 5:30-7 pm. Attendees will receive free flashlight carabiners….

PBOT PedPDX Plan Review

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March 9 Walk–Snow, Sun & 22 Winter Hikers

March 9 2019 walk

SW Trails March 9th Walk was sunny and a bit chilly. It was beautiful walking the Parks and trails in Ashcreek, Crestwood and Maplewood Neighborhoods with snow on the ground, but not on the trail. Here are the 22 walkers and Lee’s dog who joined us.  This view is on the South trail in Dickinson Park as we head up to Ashcreek Woods NA and on to Woods Park. All in all we walked 6.5 miles in 3hrs and 15 min. and a good time was had by all.

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PBOT Delays Construction on Red Electric Trail bridge

In February, PBOT announced that a long-awaited bridge to be constructed across a ravine near Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, a critical piece of the Red Electric trail and a potential boon to SW walkers in the Hillsdale area is to be delayed to due elevated construction costs. Here’s the link to PBOT’s press release:


The delay was the focus of a recent article in the Southwest Connection, which included comments from SWTrails board members Don Baack, Glen Bridger and Debbie Small. Read the article here:


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SWTrails Monthly Work Party Thursday, March 7 CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW

SW Trails monthly first Thursday Work Party for March 7th 2019 will be at Dickinson Park and Ashcreek Woods NA  from 9am until Noon.  We will meet at SW 55th and Alfred Ct at the top of the N side trail. It is a little tight for parking–try parking down at the play structure and walking up (see map and link below).  At this work party we will be working on winterizing some of the tread surface, re-benching some sections, graveling slick/steep sections, repairing/filling tread (damaged from downed materials, loss of outside edge). Continue reading

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SWTrails Stroll & Coffee Saturday, March 16

Please join Southwest Trails on Saturday March 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.

Our stroll will be the Stephens Creek Loop which is around 2.4 mi with an elevation gain of about 192 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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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. Continue reading

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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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