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 Gabriel Park Sept 1

Monthly Work Party
Thursday Sept 1st, 9AM to Noon
Gabriel Park Community Gardens

SW Trails regular monthly first Thursday Work Party for Thursday September 1st will at Gabriel Park.   Continue reading

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Working at Wilson HS – trail 3

Wilson Work party - 1 - Aug 2016

Work party at Wilson High School cleared ivy from hedge and trimmed back the hedge.

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History of the Barbur Blvd bridges


by Robert E. Eby, P.E.

A unique bridge deck design consisting of reinforced concrete roadway slabs supported by creosoted timber stringers, with a shear connection between the concrete and timber to give composite action of the ”T” beam construction, was developed by the Oregon State Highway Department (1) in 1932. Two viaducts using this new design concept were built on Fourth Street (now Barbur Boulevard) in Portland in 1934. Both viaducts are in service (1988) and carrying more traffic than at the time they were constructed. Continue reading

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Wilson Work Party Sat Aug 27

Wilson Work Party on our trail part of the Wilson Campus on Saturday August 27 from 9 am to noon on the north side of the campus. Continue reading

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Multnomah Days Parade Pictures

Multnomah Days Banner

SW Trails crew preparing for the Multnomah Days Parade

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Join SW Trails in Multnomah Days Parade

Multnomah Days Parade – next Saturday (August 20)!

Join in the fun of Multnomah Days, join our ranks as we display the SWTrails Banner in the Multnomah Days Parade. We will begin lining up at 9:30, Hans Steuch, our parade master will have the banner in the line on SW 39th. Walking in this come one and all parade is a great way to have some fun. Children, dogs, pet pigs and chickens all welcome. Continue reading

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SW Urban Trails Walk Sept 10, 2016

Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 at 9:00 am

The September walk will be led by Don Baack.  We will meet at Wilson High School and walk to Lake Oswego on Trail 6 going through Marshall Park and Tryon Creek Park.  The walk will be about 7 miles with 300 feet elevation gain.  From the Lake Oswego Safeway on 4th St. we will take Tri Met back to Wilson High School. Bring a bus ticket. Continue reading

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Hot hike in Portland

Weather August 13 2016

The SW Trails urban hike on August 13 was hot.

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Working on the 4T Trail

4T Trail work party

The August 2016 SW Trails work party was another work party devoted to maintenance of the 4T Trail.

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4T Trail Work Party Aug 4th

Thursday August 4, 2016, 9AM to Noon

4T Trail by Hwy 26 Zoo Exit

SW Trails regular monthly first Thursday Work Party for August 4th 9AM to Noon will be on the 4T trail (Marquam trail) where it heads up from Highway 26 Zoo exit towards Patton Street.  As always we will be guided by Parks Lands Stewardship folks. We will be doing tread work, steps installation, maybe a switchback rebuild and brushing. Continue reading

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