The November walk will be led by Lee Buhler. We will be hiking several of the trails in the Hoyt Arboretum and seeing interesting features such as the winter garden. Every tree has a story to tell. There is also a visitor’s center with rest rooms, a nature center and research library. We will need to carpool from our meeting place to parking near the Arboretum. A fee is charged for parking in the Arboretum but free parking is available on Fairview Blvd. and other places. Continue reading
SW Trails monthly first Thursday Work Party for October 4th will be at Marshall Park from 9am until noon. We will meet at the play structure at the main park entrance. Parking is a bit limited and there is no bus service so car pool if you can. There is some parking up on SW 18th—you can walk down from there. Activities for this work party will include cleaning up the trails, brushing, tread work, culvert cleaning and leaf raking. It looks to be a nice Fall day on Thursday and should be great for some trail work. Remember: every first Thursday of the month from now through December SW Trails will be working on a park somewhere! Please join us or stop by and say hi. Continue reading
Our next SW Trails Board and Community meeting will be this Thursday, Sept. 27th, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. We meet in the Watershed apartment building in Hillsdale, 6388 SW Capitol Hwy. (parking is available in the shopping center across the street). We meet 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
The October walk will be led by Rick Kappler. We will meet at Wilson High School at 9 am and car pool to the side of Council Crest Park, on SW Talbot Rd. just west of Greenway Ave. We will then walk down the west side of Portland Heights on SW Montgomery Drive to SW Prospect and from there continue down to the edge of Goose Hollow. Continue reading
Ask Mrs. Trails: Mary Moerlins
Mary is a SW resident who lives on Trail #7 and thoroughly enjoys it as a nature enthusiast. Recently, we talked to her about the importance of trails in her neighborhood.
- Could you tell us who you are and how you are personally connected to the trails?
My Name is Mary Moerlins, I live in SW Portland with my family in the Vermont Hills/ Hayhurst Neighborhood. Professionally, I work in Corporate Citizenship at NW Natural and volunteer with a number of environmental nonprofits in town including Forest Park Conservancy and the Oregon Environmental Council. Personally, I’m a trail runner, road runner and all around nature enthusiast. My husband and I are parents to two Hayhurst Elementary Huskies and a 14 year old cattle dog. We live on trail #7. Continue reading
Thursday September 6, Work Party with Portland Parks Bureau
9 am: meet at the 4T/Marquam Trail crossing Greenway Ave, below Council Crest (park at Council Crest); work on tread maintenance and armoring along the 4T Trail from Council Crest to Marquam Park.
The September walk will be led by Sharon Fekety. From Wilson High School we will walk down the Iowa Trail to SW Corbett St. where we will go north to cross Barbur Blvd. on Hamilton St. to Intersect SW Terwilliger Blvd. (restrooms). Then we will cross onto the Marquam Trail to the Flicker Trail and Warbler Trail which takes us up to SW Fairmont Blvd. After turning left on Fairmont, we will work our way back to Wilson High School on Hessler which turns into the Northwood Trail. After turning left on SW Westwood, we’ll take trail 6, turning right on DeWitt to return to Wilson High School. The walk is 6 miles with 1100 feet elevation gain.
Saturday, August 25: look for Don or Lee (pictured above) at Wilson High School, just east of the food carts. Work party runs from 9 am to noon (lunch provided) to continue to improve the north side of Wilson where our trail runs. Bring pruners, clippers, knee pads, gloves rake, and willing spirit. We will be pulling ivy out of the fence line, pruning bushes. We will also be working on the strip between the Wilson fence and Burlingame Avenue, removing ivy from trees, trimming branches and picking up trash. Wear sturdy shoes and long sleeved shirts.
Sunday, August 26: meet at SW 25th and Bertha Blvd & look for Andrea. From 10 am to noon, we will be working on the “Safe Walk To School Trail” along SW 25th at Bertha, where we recently completed a new trail. Bring your favorite weed tool of destruction and gloves, wear sturdy shoes and long sleeved shirts, and help the community get ready for the start of school. Lemonade, water and cookies will be available.
Our next SW Trails Board and Community meeting will be Thursday, August 23rd, from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm. We meet in the Watershed apartment building in Hillsdale, 6388 SW Capitol Hwy. (parking is available in the shopping center across the street). We meet in their community conference room on the main floor adjacent to the central outdoor courtyard next to SW Bertha Ct. (enter directly from the courtyard). Everyone is WELCOME! Continue reading
Join SWTrails Volunteers in walking in the Multnomah Days Parade on Saturday August 18th. By 9:45 meet Hans, the fellow in the photo, who will be holding a SWTrails sign somewhere south of the bridge over Multnomah Blvd preparing to walk in the short parade. This is a good way to show support for the many efforts SWTrails makes to improve our SW active transportation infrastructure.
If you cannot walk with us in the parade, stop by the booth to talk about the improvements you would like to see in the area of SW where you live. We hope to get permits to improve several trails in the next year. Our booth should be on the south side of the street.
We are working hard to get the ridiculously difficult process of obtaining permits simplified. After nearly 3 years under the new rules, we have not yet obtained a permit to improve on a single trail that was not city funded.