SWTrails PDX

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SWTrails-PDX 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. Working with city, county and state planners to develop safe pedestrian routes.
  4. Advocating for safe walking/biking in southwest Portland.

In response to COVID-19, we’ve developed over 30 Self-Led Hikes for you to enjoy with your family and “pod” members.

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Hike Protocol Survey Results Released

You may remember back in November, we issued a survey to our hike participants to gather information on how to best serve our community through our group led hikes.  107 members of our community took the survey.  Board members met to discuss the survey responses and identified six primary takeaways:

  1. Seek to gain more diversity (age and ethnicity) among SWT hike participants.
  2. Starting place may vary, expanding the options to explore more of the parks and areas in southwest Portland
  3. Explore adding a third hike (4 to 5 mi)
  4. Develop more self-led hikes (popular and in demand)
  5. Data supports our current distance configuration of 5 to 7 miles at a pace of 2.5 mph for the hikes and 2 to 4 miles at a pace of 2 mph for the walks.
  6. Accentuate “Explore” and “Exercise” as key components of our hikes.

A full report can be found here:  Hike Protocol Survey Report

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The Tram is Open Again!

After two years of hospital-only use, the Portland Tram is open to the public!  This means that all of the “T’s” of the 4T trail are there to experience: Trail, Tram, Trolley, Train.  During the closure, the tram portion was covered either by walking down Marquam hill, or skipping that portion all together.  We are happy to welcome the Portland Aerial Tram back to public use. Continue reading

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3rd Saturday Walk, May 21

3rd Saturday Walk May 21
9:00 am – 11:30 am

Name: Back and Forth to Lee’s House for Coffee
Leader: Lee Buhler
Start Location: Behind the Hillsdale Food Carts (Ida B Wells Parking Lot)
Start Time: 9 am (arrive 10-15 min. early so we can start promptly at 9am)
Distance: 2.4 Miles One-Way
Elevation Change: 291 ft.
Average Pace:  2 mph
Participation Requirements: Fully vaccinated (including Booster), have masks available
Bus Information:  Many buses go to the stop at the corner of SW Sunset and SW Capitol Hwy

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May 14 2022 2nd Saturday Hike

2nd Saturday Hike, May 14th, 2022

Start Location:  Barbur Park and Ride at the middle by the I-5 ped-walkway
Start Location Link on Google Maps: HERE
Start time: 9 am (please arrive 10-15 min. early for sign-in)
Name: Barbur Transit Center to Marshall Park like hiking in the country
Distance: 4.8 miles
Elevation Change: 380 feet

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Inventory of SWTrails Signs

Brand New sign installed at West entrance to George Himes Park

SWTrails PDX is rolling out a new GIS-based tracking system to help monitor the signs guiding you through the 40-plus miles of urban trails in southwest Portland.   Using GIS technology, our volunteers will visit each of the 650+ signs in every corner of SW Portland to determine location, condition and other useful attributes – including pictures!

Our goal is to have a count of all signs on each jurisdiction so we can more effectively work with city, county, and regional partners to repair or replace signs as needed.

Our band of citizen-scientists began inspecting on April 18th to get an accurate count and picture of those ubiquitous brown signs.  Work will continue until complete.  Follow along as we catalog the signs by visiting our interactive dashboard here:  https://arcg.is/0e9Gz0 Continue reading

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3rd Saturday Walk April 16, 2022

Name: Hideaway Park Loop
Leader: Dave Manville/Deb Small
Start Location: North End of Garden Home Park (parking at SW 82nd and 83rd Ave) – meet halfway between the two parking locations
Start Time: 9 am (arrive 10-15 min. early so we can start promptly at 9am)
Distance: 3.95 miles
Elevation Change: 352 ft.
Average Pace:  2 mph
Participation Requirements: Fully vaccinated (including Booster), have masks
Bus Information: Bus 45, Stop ID 4217 at SW Oleson Rd. and Skyhar Dr. From the bus stop, turn right at Skyhar; enter the park and walk west to the meeting place – 0.15 mile.

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2nd Saturday Hike, April 9, 2022

Name:  6-Park Loop
Leader:  Dave Manville
Start Location: Pendelton Park South Entrance, 5300 Block of SW Iowa St.
Start Time:  9 am (8:45am meet time so we can start promptly at 9am)
End Time:  12pm
Distance:  6.6 miles
Elevation Change: 664 ft.
Average Pace:  2.5 mph
Participation Requirements:  Fully vaccinated (including Booster), have masks as you prefer
Bus Information:  TriMet Bus #1 Stop ID 7549 at 45th and Illinois, Stop ID 6019 on Vermont St.

Special Notes:  For those using the bus, it is about 5 blocks to the park; let me know if you need help getting to our hike. Continue reading

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March Board Meeting

March 24 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend our meeting.

To join the meeting online via Zoom, please click HERE

Meeting ID: 858 8947 5660
Passcode: 217514

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Vote on a new name for Wilson Pool

The Hillsdale Neighborhood Association and the Hillsdale and Business Association are sponsoring a committee that is leading an effort to select a new name for Wilson Pool.  Over the past 2 months the entire SW community has been invited to nominate a new name for the Wilson Pool.  A total of 21 new names have been nominated.  We are now asking the community to vote online for their preferred name.

Go to https://swtrails.org/namethatpool for details on the name choices and to cast your vote. Continue reading

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2nd Saturday Hike March 12, 2022

2nd Saturday Hike March 12, 2022

Leader:  Don Baack
Start Location: Behind the Hillsdale Food Carts (Ida B. Wells HS)
Time: 9am-12pm (arrive at 8:45am to depart at 9am)
Distance: 4.3 miles
Elevation Change: 550 ft.
Average Pace:  2.5 mph
Participation Requirements: Fully vaccinated (including Booster), have masks
Bus Information: Multiple buses (39, 44, 45, 54, 56) stop at SW Sunset/SW Capitol Hwy.
Special Note: There are steep stairs along this route. Walking sticks may be useful, and it is not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.

Join SWTrails on Saturday, March 12, for our 2nd Saturday Hike. Continue reading

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