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MERA Loop Trail #724

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6.2 Miles 9.9 Kilometers


1,028' 313 m


-934' -285 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (13°)

3,832' 1,168 m


3,400' 1,036 m


Shared By Remedy 808



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Mostly fast and flowing, this trail has fun downhill sections with climbs to nice views.

Remedy 808

Dogs Off-leash

Features -none-

Soft when wet.


Parking for this area is up Owsley Canyon, follow the signs to the trailhead.

I like to ride #724 Mera Loop with the #700 Green Apple trail. Generally, I start counter clockwise on #700 Green Apple. Just look for the opening in the fence just to the left of the entrance.

Mera does have quite a confusing trail network, but it's getting pretty well signed - for now, just use the MTB Project mobile app.

The Mera Loop is mostly smooth and fast with some good flow in the downhill sections. You can ride these trails on a hardtail or on a plush trail bike and it's fun every time.

This loop is a great stop when traveling the freeway.


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Aug 29, 2018
Amelia Ettinger
Sasquatch trail. Great day with Chip. 8.9mi
Jul 15, 2017
Kerry P
Beautiful forest trail with countless switchback and more uphill than the locals lead you to believe. 8.4mi
Aug 1, 2015
Jay Moore

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20 miles of new completed trail that are all incredible. Well worth the stop. Trails get better the further north you get away from the parking. May 19, 2015
As of 4/7/17 the lower trails are open and ready to ride, use caution after periods of spring rain of course but these trails dry quickly. Check the Mt Emily Recreation Area website for updated trail maps and MERA rules. Spend sometime in La Grande at our local bike shop, Mt Works. Get some food at Joe and Sugars or Raul's. Try out the new brewery, Side A. This a great stop and some great riding. Apr 7, 2017
MERA Loop Trail 724: Great access/connector to most MERA non-motorized singletrack trails. Loop from Owsley Canyon or Upper Igo Trailhead. • Technical Rating: Blue, moderately technical. • Conditioning Rating: moderately strenuous. • Trail signage is excellent. Each trail intersection signed with a Unique Numerical Symbol, e.g., Intersection I-10 {I-10}. Trail is 6.3 miles long,ascends and descends 1,000 vertical feet. • Trail Attributes: Something for all riders and skill levels. Narrow to wide machine and hand built-singletrack, moderately fast, rolling contour trail—short ascents and descents, banked corners, natural and manmade technical trail features with sustainable trail construction (grade reversals/dips, outslopes, drainage). Dog friendly, water year round in Conley Creek. • Highlights: Longest MERA loop trail, great views of Grande Ronde Valley, Mt Emily and the Eagle Cap Wilderness, a picnic/rest area (@ intersection with Caffeine Trail). Optional “high grin factor” downhill bomb from the Rock Pit @ I-10 to Upper Igo Trailhead on the Skills Trail 727, Slalom Section. • Access points and direction of travel: Preferred direction of travel is clockwise, but trail is loads of fun ridden clockwise or counter clockwise. For extra miles and fun, climb up Slammer Trail or Zig Zag Trail 777 @ I-4 to Depends Trail 775 @ I-24 to Doing Time Trail 789 @ I-23 and to the top of MERA “the Grande Overlook” @ I-20—where Doing Time Trail 789 starts (ATV 317 Trail). Drop in on ATV 317 to Doing Time Trail 789 to junction with Caffeine Trail 716 @ I-22—then bomb Caffeine Trail 716 to MERA Loop Trail 724 @ I-5 or Doing Time Trail 789 to Depends Trail 775 @ I-23 to Slammer or Zig Zag Trail 777 @ I-4 with MERA Loop Trail 724. Alternatively, stay on MERA Loop Trail 724 to Sasquatch Trail 755 @ I-7 and bomb down Ricochet Trail 750 which ties back into MERA Loop 724 @ I-8. To shorten your ride, but increase the “whoops factor” drop in on the Whoopsy Doo Trail 745 Mar 25, 2018

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