Mt. Emily Recreation Area
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Mount Emily Recreation Area (MERA) offers 3,669 acres of outstanding forest recreation just two miles from downtown La Grande, Oregon. Enjoy trails dedicated for ATV and ORV use, or use pedal power for mountain bike trails. Horseback riders, hikers, snowshoers and cross-country skiers can also enjoy marked trails, offering both gentle routes and challenging terrain. Whatever your mode of transportation, the views of the Grande Ronde Valley and the Eagle Cap Wilderness from the flanks of Mount Emily are breathtaking.
MERA is open year ‘round for hiking, trail running, mountain biking, and equestrian use. Wildflowers are typically in full bloom from April to June. Deer, elk, black bears, and many species of birds and other wildlife inhabit MERA year ‘round. Generally, trails are snow-free from March through November. In the winter months, backcountry skiing and snowshoeing is popular in the mid- to high-elevations. Ski routes range from low angled climbs and descents along double track roads and open areas to very steep black diamond runs through glades and natural openings.
With nearly 12 miles of single track, non-motorized trails, mountain cyclists, trail runners, hikers, and equestrians enjoy challenging terrain. Another 12 miles of double track trails, which are typically unimproved roads that are closed to motorized travel, are also available.
Access via Black Hawk Trail Road. For motorized access, take Fox Hill Road; for non-motorized access, take Owsley Canyon Road.