Mount Emily Recreation Area (MERA)

La Grande's nearby playground for mountain biking, running, hiking, horseback riding, and more. The other mountain bike trails of La Grande have their own guide.

The MERA Map by La Grande Ride

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The Mount Emily Recreation Area (MERA) map is available online at www.LaGrandeRide.com/mera-map

La Grande Ride presents this project as the most accurate and feature-rich map of MERA. The map includes both motorized and non-motorized trails. The map is updated often to insure 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.

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The MERA Map

MERA Skills Trail Video

Downhill from the ridge on Skills Trail at Mount Emily Recreation Area (MERA). Riding the loop "clockwise."

U Hotshot Trail of MERA

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Distance: 
1.64Km

This is a fun easier climb if you've just finished Skills Challenge and want to head back to the Owsley Parking of MERA. Or, you can climb it directly from the Igo Parking area as a starting trail to gain access to most of the other trails. It is named after the Union Hotshot crew that put in work building new trails at MERA.

See the MERA Map for where this fits into the system.

MERA Haywire Creek ATV Singletrack Loop

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Distance: 
8.21Km

Brand new: this loop is both physically demanding and a technical challenge. Built by the motorcycle enthusiasts, the trail will eventually be an entire singletrack loop around MERA motorized area, but for now you have to cut over on some ATV roads at the top. It is currently a fantastic loop of mostly singletrack. It really isn't marked that well because it is still under development. The singletrack start offers a sidehill climb of a moderate grade. Once you hit the singletrack downhill, you can't beat the fun and view back to the campground of Fox Hill.

MERA Double Up, Single Down Loop

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8.77Km

A double track ride up ATV 11, and a singletrack ride down the ridge, both challenging physically and technically. The climb of ATV11 hits hard out of the gate but soon mellows a bit more as it winds up the mountain, although there are a few more steep sections to punch you in the gut before it mellows the rest of the way. If you want to add further savage to the climb, start in La Grande and ride up Fox Hill Road first.

New Flow Trail Under Construction

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0.59Km

Close to half a mile is complete on construction of the new flow trail at Mount Emily Recreation Area. The new excavator owned by Union County is being contracted to operators in construction of this trail. It is not open yet.