La Grande Ride presents this project as the most accurate and feature-rich map of MERA. Currently the map focuses on non-motorized trails, but more will be added in the future. The map will be continually updated to ensure accuracy and currency. The first mountain bike map of the area was presented in 2006 in the guidebook Mountain Biking La Grande, Oregon (Sather & Larson). Since then, the area has become a public recreation site known as MERA and undergone several changes. Over the years, La Grande Ride has collected and maintained the most accurate trail database of MERA and the entire region. Now that the logging has stopped in MERA and the trails are returning to a state of permanence, this new iteration of the map will serve as the go-to map for MERA.
This is a unofficial new trail that has a section under cultural study. It is a beautiful trail that meanders down the ridge. Taken as a downhill, the trail starts just off of ATV1 and ends at the Fox Hill ATV parking area
by Brian Sather, created 09/11/2011 - 6:15pm, updated 09/11/2011 - 6:42pm
Time yourself on an MTB loop at MERA that requires a bit more fitness and technical skill than the MERA Hot Lap. This clockwise loop starts at the south entrance to the Fast Twitch Trail and winds up the mountain, traverses, and then winds down to connect to the lower trail for a dash back to the start/finish line. If you do this loop with a timer running, you are required to post your time. The course is not currently flagged, but is fairly straightforward to follow.
by Brian Sather, created 05/15/2011 - 7:35pm, updated 05/22/2011 - 9:44pm
This track starts at the Owsley Canyon Trailhead and goes to the Igo Lane Trailhead. It stays high enough that it is usually the first MTB trails that dry out in MERA. Note that the North West section of trails on this map is likely doomed because of Archery Range expansion.
by Brian Sather, created 09/06/2011 - 6:24pm, updated 06/19/2012 - 12:00am
Challenge yourself on a fast MTB loop at MERA and post your time. Only a couple technical challenges exist on this clockwise loop on the south half of the MERA mountain bike trails. You may have to dismount once, but hopefully not if you're in the zone. The 2 creek crossings have bridges. Otherwise, the trail is hard packed and includes stretches to really open up the throttle. Hopefully a horse or cow doesn't ruin your time. Most of the turns are right hand turns that follow major trails. Look for yellow flags to indicate the turns (e.g.
by Brian Sather, created 05/17/2011 - 11:21pm, updated 09/11/2011 - 6:50pm
A clockwise route with plenty of turns. Start at the Igo Lane parking, and make sure to take the 2nd trail on the right to get started. The trail loops around, eventually ending up over by skills trail and on skills trail near the very end.
by Brian Sather, created 05/18/2012 - 11:03am, updated 06/25/2012 - 11:46pm
Even though it is still under construction, much of the Super D Trail is now rideable. The uppermost section is nearing completion with excavator work. Much handwork is still needed on the trail. Check back for updates as the trail develops.