La Grande Area

Mountain biking in La Grande is oh so sweet! Some of the trails are a short ride from town and many others are within an hour drive. There are several hotels and camping options which make this a prime destination for the serious mountain biker. The Mountain Emily Recreation Area (MERA) is also in La Grande, but featured as a its own guide.

This guide includes over 10 different rides. The additional featured trails are available with the online packages for mountain biking or the all access pack. Even better, buy a bike from La Grande Ride at our low prices and you'll gain access with your purchase. We can also assist you in planning your trip or bringing your local mountain bike club here.

Bear Creek Trail


Not to be confused with Bear Creek, Bear Creek, or the lesser-known Bear Creek, this trail has fallen under downed trees but remains a viable trail once a chainsaw pays it some attention. The journey starts on Drumhill Ridge with a beautiful view from the Forest Service managed Summit Guard Station, which is an out-of-place looking nice house accompanied by a few outbuildings and a cabin the public can book. These buildings look directly out on

Bowdoin Singletrack


This is a top secret 20+ mile singletrack trail...so secret it doesn't even have a name. There are no markings either, so the only way to follow it is to go there with one of the few trail gods or follow this track with your GPS unit and turn where it tells you to turn. It crosses over gravel roads and ATV two-track trails quite often, sometimes using them for a few hundred yards and then diving back onto singletrack. As you may conclude, it is very difficult to follow but...it's a long singletr...

Breshears Trail System

Breshears is a collection of dirt roads, ATV trails, and singletrack between Mt. Fanny and Mt. Harris. The terrain requires a full arsenal of skills ranging from creek crossings to steep rocky climbs that require carefully chosen lines and stellar balance. Much fitness is also required. The system is also known as the Mt. Fanny OHV trails. Read more about Breshears Trail System

Burger Downhill MTB - Trails 1944 and 1951


Buck Creek Trailhead is a less-used access point to the Eagle Cap Wilderness. However, there is some rideable trail outside the wilderness. The trail and roads around the campground are more beginner friendly for family and friends that want to just go a short ways, but if you want some more serious action, follow this route for a fun descent. You'll take the trail out toward Burger Butte and climb part of it until you reach the wilderness sign (or turnaround earlier if you want). Then, enjoy a ...

Catherine Meadow Loop


The ride from Catherine Meadow down the North Fork Catherine Creek would rank as the top ride in the region were it not for its illegality (currently). It is build perfectly for mountain bike, thanks to the mules that built the trail, wide open with sweeping turns and fantastic flow. Every other turn throws in a short technical feature to keep you thinking. Add the beauty of Catherine Meadow and a publicly-open cabin into the mix and you have a very memorable ride. The climb is big up to

Fiddlers Hell hole


Season: May - October
A demanding loop that follows Telephone Ridge and Long Ridge before plunging down to Five Points Creek (southwest corner of loop) and then returning up to the road on Evans Trail. The route follows two-track ATV trails except for some sections of singletrack. A serious hike-a-bike is required of the steep and rocky part that goes down to Five Points Creek and then back up. The loop circles the Fiddlers Hell drainage, visiting it once for some hike-a-bike fun. Trial Notes
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Five Points Epic - Mountain Bike Ride


This is supercharged iteration of Bill's "Hike-a-bike Ride" that includes less hiking and more singletrack riding. The route includes newly cut singletrack and newly discovered singletrack. The ride is primarily on dirt and gravel road, creating a big fitness ride, with periodic singletrack treats thrown into a mix of ATV trails and some closed roads. The singletrack sections are Flow, Caffeine, and

Glass Hill MTB System

Glass Hill provides the nearest singletrack trails to La Grande. It is popular for runners and mountain bikers because of the easy access, challenge, scenery, wildlife, and even a few magnificent valley views. The ground is incredibly resilient from rain and the course has held up well over the years with very minimal maintenance. The high point is over 5000' so snow usually lingers until mid-spring but otherwise it is rideable and runnable right after the snow melts. Read more about Glass Hill MTB System

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Herron Ridge - Trail 1859


This trail is featured for posterity or maybe in hopes that someday it can be rejuvenated and something can come of it. For now, it isn't really worth riding but might be a marginally interesting short hike if you happen to be at Indian Rock and want to do something active. Not to be confused with Trail 1859a, which starts back up downstream a ways from where this leaves off, this trail is 1859 and probably goes by the name Five Points Trail but here I'll just call it Herron Ridge because it...

La Grande Reservoir

The funny thing about La Grande Reservoir is that no one in La Grande knows where it is. Perhaps that is because it is also known as Beaver Creek Reservoir. Probably not. Perhaps because you can't drive to it or take an ATV to it. Or, perhaps because it is nowhere near La Grande. Well it's actually not that far from La Grande but driving to the trailhead is a long way around. Read more about La Grande Reservoir

Summit Mt. Emily Trail 1859


This little diddy does not take you to Mt. Emily summit. At least that is what I was thinking the name inferred when I first found this trail; however, when I accessed it from the other side I came down via the Summit Guard Station. Then, it donned on me that probably the trail was named as a route from "Summit" to "Mt. Emily". Or perhaps it means Summit to Mt. Emily Creek. It is best ridden the way shown, from Telephone Ridge down to Five Points Creek where it basically becomes a double track A...