Our History

History of SWTrails PDX

SWTrails PDX began as a non-profit decades ago to meet the challenge of walking in the southwest Portland area.  Streets here are seldom flat and often snake around the hilly terrain.  A majority of the streets have no sidewalks, forcing pedestrians, bicycles, and cars to share our winding, narrow streets.

We worked with city and state agencies to develop over 40 miles of urban trails throughout southwest Portland.  By using city rights-of-way, city parks, streets, and easements to develop off-road trails, walkers gain a more direct access to local shops, recreation, and public transportation sites.

Our volunteers help construct new off-road trails.  We also work with local parks and other government agencies to maintain and repair existing trails.

We continue to advocate for safe walking and biking options by scheduling walk-arounds with public officials.  This gives them a first-hand look at our safety concerns.  We also meet with City and State representatives to discuss issues and projects as they arise.

Born out of COVID gathering restrictions, SWTrails PDX took on the challenge of developing a series of self-led hikes that are accessed via a mobile app.  You can choose any of our hikes and the app will walk you down the mapped route (Self-Led Hikes)

And, last but definitely not least, SWTrails leads two walks each month – one longer, and one designed with a shorter distance and easier pace – to provide an opportunity for the community to walk together and enjoy the physical and mental benefits of getting out in Portland’s beautiful outdoors.  We will be resuming these monthly walks in June 2021, based on current COVID guidelines.

We are committed to making SW Portland better for everyone by increasing safety and providing opportunities for walkers and bikers.  Thanks for taking time to read through our site!

Happy Walking,
SW Trails

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