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


The Mount Emily Recreation Area (MERA) map is available online at

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

New MERA Trails Introduced


This summer new non-motorized trail is rapidly forming at Mt. Emily Recreation Area (MERA). La Grande Ride has tracked the trails as they are opening, with The MERA Map now reflecting new trail that is rough but rideable. New trails include: Read more

^ The Caffeine Trail puts you up there with a view of La Grande
^ The culprit.
^ The trail is rough, as would be expected for starters.

MERA Skills Trail Video

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

MERA: Another Indian Rock, Caffeine, Super D, Cougar Trail Loop

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Here is an example of how to integrate some of the new trails at MERA into a bigger ride. None of the trails here are in that great of shape yet, but it shows the potential for a good fitness loop, with some tech skills.

Super D Downhill Trail

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The Super D (or whatever name) Trail was constructed in 2011 and 2012 with sections falling into disrepair soon after due to notorious "cultural-study" snares. Repairs came in late 2014 and now it is open and rideable. See how it fits into the mix on our industry-leading MERA Map. Expect several dirt mounds and downhill challenges with a new access point at the top of the Caffeine (or whatever name) Trail which serves as a good climb to make a loop of it.

New Flow Trail Under Construction

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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.