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.

NEW: SWTrails has developed a series of GIS maps and apps that will make using our trails much easier and more informative:   https://swtrails.maps.arcgis.com

Let us know what you think!

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SWTrails Stroll & Coffee Walk Saturday, August 24

Please join Southwest Trails on Saturday, August 24, 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.

We will be heading to George Himes Park to walk down its paths through the park; then we will walk up Terwilliger, cross Capitol Hwy, and continue on until we reach SW Cheltenham. We will then walk up Cheltenham, which will lead us back to SW Sunset to complete the loop. 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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Wilson High School Landscaping and Cleanup Saturday, August 24

We’ll meet at 9 am east of the food carts at Wilson High School.

Attire should be sturdy shoes, work cloths, long sleeves due to brush, gloves, eye protection.  Wilson will provide water, coffee, snacks, and lunch.  We will be trimming back the growth along Trail 3 where  we have worked for years.
We may trim some ivy on the trees along Burlingame Avenue adjacent to the Wilson Property.  Bring clippers, pruners, rake, hoe and any other tools useful in pruning brush and cutting out ivy and weeds.

See you there!

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SWTrails Monthly Meeting Thursday, August 22, 7-8:30 pm

SWTrails Monthly meeting will be held Thursday, August 22nd, from 7:00-8:30 p.m.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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Multnomah Days

Join SWTrails tomorrow walking the Multnomah Days Parade with us, all including children and dogs welcome.  Line up by 9:45 south of the bridge over Multnomah Blvd by (9:45 to walk the short parade with us.  See Hans with the SWTrails Banner in the lineup.  After the Parade, stop by the SWTrails both to talk about the many things happening in SW Portland regarding possible new trails, and connections, see how we are using mapping technology to justify new crosswalks of our busy streets. 
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SWTrails Story Map

Last month we added a new link to our website: the SWTrails GIS Portal. This Portal provides access to some new and wonderful maps created by SWTrails member Brian Brady and founder Don Baack. We think they’ll make it easier to find, use, and understand our urban trails in Southwest Portland.

The most notable result of their effort is our new Story Map, which offers a detailed and interactive view of each trail, complete with elevation profiles. It’s the first link you’ll see on the portal: “A Story Map of the Urban Trails in SW Portland.” The story begins with a brief description of the trail maps and a list of links to subsequent maps in the trail system. However, you can also simply scroll down the page; each trail has a photograph, a few paragraphs outlining the topographical characteristics and attractions along the way (with clickable links!). Continue reading

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SWTrails Monthly Hike Saturday, August 10

This month’s hike will be led by Hans and Jette Steuch; from the starting point at Wilson High School we will carpool to Brugger St near the intersection with Palatine Hill Road. From there we will head east and south through River View Natural Area temporary Trail 3B, Lewis and Clark College, pick up SW Urban Trail 5, and walk through Riverdale/unincorporated Multnomah county on Summerville Ave, Palatine Hill Rd and several other local streets until we enter Tryon Creek State Natural Area near Northgate Ave and return to Brugger St via trails in the Natural Area and Palatine Hill Road. Continue reading

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Boones Ferry Road Culvert Project Update: August 8, 2019

Construction Scheduled for Spring 2020

City of Portland Environmental Services is pleased to announce that the Boones Ferry Road Culvert project is moving forward again and is slated for construction in the spring of 2020. This project was put on hold in early 2019 due to an increase in steel prices.  Environmental Services’ project team and bureau leaders have secured the necessary funding to allow the project to proceed. Continue reading

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Clearing the Raz Baack Crossing

On Saturday, August 3rd, stalwart SWTrails volunteers cleared and repaired the long series of steps at the Raz-Baack Crossing near Hillsdale. We placed small boulders at the end of each trail step to prevent disintegration of the trail, and then repaired step sections with gravel and clay. This work party was agreed upon with the Portland Parks Department (although no Parks personnel were on hand to supervise).

The result: visual and actual enhancement! Thank you volunteers!

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SWTrails Work Party Saturday, August 3

Saturday Aug 3 Work Party 9-12 at Bertha and Chestnut Drive, Raz Baack Crossing

Join us to backfill the gravel between the steps on the east side of the Raz Baack Crossing.  Work will involve carrying in buckets or wheelbarrow as much as you are comfortable carrying, to replenish the settled areas between the steps on this important connection, spreading the gravel and compacting it with compaction tools.  We will also be placing rocks along the sides of the steps to prevent the gravel from moving downhill. Continue reading

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New GIS maps/apps available

This month we’re excited to announce an outstanding new feature of our website: a link to several newly-created GIS maps, a mobile app and additional apps. As you’ll see, they make it easier to find and use our urban trails in Southwest Portland. And they offer a far more detailed and interactive view of each of our urban trails. Continue reading

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