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Doing Time Trail #789

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A great technical and fast downhill mountain bike trail with the best views of the Grande Ronde Valley.

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5,034' 1,534 m


4,032' 1,229 m


78' 24 m


1,080' 329 m



Avg Grade (4°)


Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

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This is a one-way downhill mountain bike trail.

Please respect those who donated time and money to build and maintain this trail. Do not ride if muddy—no tire tracks or horse prints please. Thanks. One Way Only: This is designated as a directional trail.

Need to Know

No dog water on this trail. The Cayuse section may be very muddy for one to two days after rainfall or snowmelt. Elbow and knee pads are recommended. This trail is very technical and soils may be loose. Be careful and enjoy the ride.


This technical trail is mainly a narrow to moderately wide singletrack. The fast, banked/bermed corners, grade reversals, serious jumps, natural and man-made rollers, imbedded rock sections, exposure, rock drops, off camber corners with loose soils, steep drop-ins to some corners, and a couple of short punchy ascents make this a challenging trail for all abilities. The trail has three primary sections.

Grande Overlook Section to junction with Caffeine Trail #716 at Intersection 20:
Here you'll get the best view from all of MERA! Shuttles to this point are common, but you need a high clearance vehicle. This is a very fast 1.5-mile descent on ATV Trail 320—motorcycles only/Doing Time Trail 789 (starting elevation 5,100 ft). The fast singletrack has bermed corners, large boulders, jumps and rollers along the ridgeline down to Intersection 21. Turn left onto and descend to Intersection 22 at the junction of Mt Emily Rd 202 and Caffeine Trail #716. After crossing Mt Emily Road 202, descend 0.5 miles on Caffeine Trail #716/Doing Time Trail 789, a shared corridor, to the signed junction where Caffeine Trail goes left, and Doing Time Trail goes right.

Sideslope Section—1.2 miles to junction with Fractured Zone Loop Trail #785:
Descend the Sideslope Section to the junction with the Fractured Zone Trail #785 (see separate description). Fractured Zone Loop goes left and Doing Time's Sideslope Section goes right to Intersection 23.

Cayuse Section—1.6 miles:
At intersection 23, Depends Trail #775 goes right (less technical and more flowing), or you can stay left to descend the Cayuse Section of Doing Time Trail #789 (it’s a net descent with several short, punchy climbs thrown in to test your commitment). This section includes exposure, steep drop-ins, banked loose corners, sweeping drops with large rock obstacles, jumps—serious mountain bike handling skills are needed! Doing Time Trail ends at the junction with Slammer Trail #765, or you may continue another 0.25 miles to the junction with Depends Trail #775 and Zig Zag Trail #777 at intersection 24. Slammer Trail and Zig Zag Trail tie back together at the MERA Loop Trail 724 at Intersection 4.

Riders can access the trail by riding MERA Loop 724 to intersection with Slammer Trail #765 or Zig Zag Trail #777 at I-4 to Depends Trail #775 at I-24 to Doing Time Trail 789 at I-23 to start of Caffeine Trail 716 at I-22 to Mt Emily Road 202 to start of Doing Time Trail 789/ATV 320 at I-20.


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  3.6 from 5 votes
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Ed droppping in at RICKS ROCK on Upper Doing Time Trail
Dec 17, 2019 near La Grande, OR
Drafting the Dog while descending Caffeine Trail
Dec 1, 2019 near La Grande, OR
Jul 31, 2020 near La Grande, OR
Commanding views  from the top!
May 31, 2019 near La Grande, OR
Top of Slammer
Jul 31, 2020 near La Grande, OR
Whew...almost to the top of Caffeine Trail
Dec 1, 2019 near La Grande, OR


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May 4, 2019
Cameron Livermore
We rode from the Mt. Emily road down and loved this. The steep switchback drop ins are truly burly, and the climbs are steep and short. Fun rock dr…
May 21, 2018
Paula Churchill
We rode this up from Depends and the last 1/8 mile is pretty aerobic, but a great way to get to Caffeine.