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.

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February Board Meeting

February 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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3rd Saturday Walk, Feb 19 2022

Name:  Woods Park Loop
Start Location: Smith School 8935 SW 52nd Ave.
Start Time: 9 am (arrive 10-15 min. early so we can start promptly at 9am)
Distance: 3 miles
Elevation Change: 350 ft.
Average Pace:  2 mph
Participation Requirements: Fully vaccinated (including Booster), have masks
Bus Information:  3-block walk from Bus 45, SW Garden Home and 52nd Ave. Stop

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2nd Saturday Hike Feb. 12 2022

Name:    Willamette River Greenway Loop
Leader:   Dave Manville
Start Location:  Ida B. Wells Parking Lot behind the Hillsdale Food Carts
Start Time:  9 am (arrive 10-15 minutes early so we can start promptly at 9am)
Distance: 6.5 miles
Elevation Change: 970 ft.
Average Pace:  2.5 mph
Participation Requirements: Must be fully vaccinated (including booster), and have mask available
Bus Information:  Several buses serve the SW Capitol and Sunset stop Continue reading

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3rd Saturday Walk January 15 2022

When:    Saturday, Jan. 15, 9-11:30am
Meet At: Parking lot behind the Hillsdale Food Carts
Walk:     Hillsdale Park/Dosch Park Lane Loop

Join SWTrails as we walk in the new year on Saturday January 15, for our 3rd Saturday Walk.  These walks offer a walking opportunity with a distance of 2-4 miles at a moderate pace.  This month we will walk down and then up the stairs built by SWTrails on the SW 25th right-of-way, through Hillsdale Park and head to Dosch Park Lane where we will find a cluster of heritage trees before we go back to where we started.  We will be on paved streets except when walking through the park.  Elevation gain is about 200 ft. Please arrive 10-15 min. early so we can begin walking right at 9am.

Because COVID infection numbers are still high, we would like our walkers to be vaccinated.    We also ask that you comply with current State recommendations to maintain the recommended social distance between other walkers who are not part of your family or personal pod. Be prepared to mask up for our beginning group talk and if social distancing is impossible while walking.  Unvaccinated walkers must mask up for the entire walk.

Bring a snack, water, good footwear, and dress for the weather, raingear?, sunglasses?. Note that smoking on our walks is not permitted for health reasons. Kids and well-behaved pets are welcome.

Hope to see you there.

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Holiday Wishes from SWTrails PDX

Closing out the year

SWTrails PDX, wears many hats in the SW Community: urban trail advocacy, trail building, trail mapping, and for the holiday season, a silly Santa hat to offer you the warmest wishes!  Below, we bring you an end-of-year report on items accomplished and plans for the coming year. All of this is possible due to your support and the hours of time by our dedicated volunteers. Continue reading

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3rd Saturday Walk December 18 2021

Gabriel Park Walk

Join SW Trails on Saturday Dec 18th for our 3rd Saturday Walk. These walks are designed to offer a shorter distance 2-4 miles and slower paced walking opportunity. This month Dave Manville will lead an exploration of Gabriel Park via Multnomah Village on a 2.9 mile walk with 315 ft of elevation change. We will start from the Little Gabriel parking lot and head over to Multnomah Village for a look at the holiday trimmings and then back over to Gabriel Park to examine the new names for trails through the park that are being implemented. We’ll head on up and look at the new playground and unfinished path and then head over to the Nature Area trails and walk up the trail to the Nature Shelter by the Community Gardens that was built by SWTrails a couple years ago. We will be mostly on paved streets but will spend time on dirt trails with occasional roots, mud. Continue reading

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