Skills Loop Trail #727
ElevationAscent: 709' 216 m
Descent: -430' -131 m
High: 3,525' 1,074 m
Low: 3,182' 970 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 26% (14°)
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“A mountain bike skills and fitness challenge trail; the preferred direction is clockwise—ride more to get better…”— bart barlow
Trail signage is very good; all MERA trails are signed with a carsonite post showing trail name, number, rating, and cautions as applicable, e.g., high speed downhill mountain bikes, preferred equestrian route, etc. All main intersections have a unique number, shown on the carsonite post, that corresponds to the MERA map. For additional Information, go to the Mt. Emily Recreation Area website.
Because of soils and aspect, this is best ridden during early spring and late fall at MERA. There are also great views of the Grande Ronde Valley and Eagle Cap Wilderness.
The giggle factor is high…so is the price for failure! This trail will challenge your mountain bike handling skills—especially braking, shifting, body position, and "air time".
This is not a destination trail; rather it is best used as a loop to challenge your mountain biking skills and fitness. From Upper Igo Trailhead, ride up Lower Hot Shot Trail #725 to Skills Trail #727 and go right (clockwise) on the Skills Trail. Skills Trail is a loop that drops you back at Upper Igo Trailhead.
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Local Club: Blue Mountain Singletrack Trails Club
Land Manager: Union County, OR Parks and Recreation
Oct 17, 2019: Wolf Depredation Compensation Grant Deadline Approaching
Oct 15, 2019: Local Public Safety Coordinating Council Meeting
Oct 3, 2019: Applications Accepted for Airport Advisory Committee