MERA Trail Names and Numbers
Trail #Trail NameDifficultyLength
409Igo ExtensionGreen1.01
600Archer LaneGreen 1.24
601B LineGreen0.66
602Apple DropGreen0.95 
603Lower Igo ExtensionGreen

1.33

604Archery RangeGreen0.59
605Goldfish PondGreen1.49
606Rock PitGreen 0.20

635

HelipadGreen0.98
700Red AppleBlue2.47
701Bob's BypassGreen0.16
702Soggy BottomGreen0.41
703RedlineBlue0.35
705Too ShortGreen 0.09
706Fox TrotGreen0.19
707?Green0.04
708GatewayGreen0.30
710Rock GardenBlue1.38
711High RocksBlack0.59
712No GoBlue0.13
713Side NoteGreen 0.08
714Off LimitsBlue0.13
716CaffeineBlack3.10
717Skip ItGreen
718Hanus HillBlue
719StreamsideBlue
723?Green0.47
724MERA LoopBlue7.05
725Hot ShotBlue1.66
726Fast Twitch LoopBlue1.91
727Skills TrailBlack3.83
730?Green0.04
745Whoopsy DooBlack0.62
750RicochetBlack0.97
755SasquatchBlue1.60
760Teething TrailGreen
762Honor RollBlue
764Top of ClassBlue
777Zig ZagBlack
789Doing TimeBlack1.94






































The Trails

Descriptions, Numbers, Names, and Distances

MERA TRAIL DESCRIPTIONS

Only the most popular non-motorized singletrack trails are discussed here. The table at right lists the trails and includes links to the descriptions.  The MERA Non-Motorized Map shows trail locations and routes. ​


MERA Trails

Other MERa info

Red Apple Loop Trail 700: Short, fun loop that provides primary access to all non-motorized MERA trails from Owsley Canyon Trailhead.

  • Technical Rating: Green, slightly to moderately technical.
  • Conditioning Rating: moderately strenuous.
  • Trail length and ascending and descending: 2.4 miles
  • Trail Attributes: Narrow to wide-singletrack, moderately fast, some embedded and trail-side rock, with several sustained ascents and descents, natural and manmade technical trail features. Dog friendly with water year round South Fork Conley Creek.
  • Highlights: Great short loop with too many side trails to list! Take the Rock Garden Loop Trail 710 @ I-12 or I-15 for a technical challenge, or the Red Line Loop Trail to challenge your ascending and descending skills.
  • Access points and direction of travel: Trail starts and loops back to the Owsley Canyon Trailhead and is loads of fun ridden clockwise or counter clockwise.

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 length and ascending and descending:
  • Trail Attributes: A trail with something for all riders and skill levels. Narrow to wide-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 with water year round in North Fork of 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 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 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, which ties back into MERA Loop Trail 724 @ I-9.

Ricochet Trail Trail 750: Directional trail, west to east. The fastest trail on MERA—and 2nd only to Doing Time Trail 789 in terms of technical.

  • Technical Rating: Black, technical to very technical. Line of sight is good and its Ok to walk some features…
  • Conditioning Rating: moderately strenuous.
  • Trail length and ascending and descending:
  • Trail Attributes: Fast and technical, narrow to moderately wide singletrack, banked and bermed corners, pronounced grade reversals or “whoops,” natural and man-made jumps and rollers, embedded large and medium rock, rock drops and roll overs, serious drop-ins, and table-tops. Most features can be rolled-over and several bypasses are provided—walk each feature before you decide to have a go of it.
  • Highlights: Seriously fast, numerous large and medium rock outcrops and natural technical trail features, “giggle factor is high” and trail will challenge you…
  • Access points and direction of travel: Trail should be ridden from west to east (upslope to downslope) and may be accessed from MERA Loop Trail 724 @ I-6 or Sasquatch Trail 755 I-7. Intersects the MERA Loop Trail twice—see Intersections I-6 and I-7.

Whoopsy Doo Trail 745: Directional trail, west to east, short cut from MERA Loop Trail 724.

  • Technical Rating: Blue, technical. Bypasses are provided.
  • Conditioning Rating: Slightly to moderately strenuous.
  • Trail length and ascending and descending:
  • Trail Attributes: Fast, technical to moderately technical, the “whoopiest” trail on MERA with banked/bermed corners, pronounced grade reversals “whoops”, man-made jumps and rollers, a pump section, pump section and table-tops. Lower section of trail has not been completed but is rideable (as of spring 2017).
  • Highlights: Fast, good line of sight and easy bypasses—practice your “whoops”. Great shortcut on the MERA Loop Trail 724. Giggle factor is high. Access points: Trail is best ridden from West to East (upslope to downslope) and may be accessed from MERA Loop Trail 724.

Caffeine Trail 716: Preferred direction of travel is west to east (upper elevation to lower elevation), but trail can be ridden either way.

  • Technical Rating: Black, technical with some Blue short bypasses, which are moderately technical.
  • Conditioning Rating: Moderately strenuous (West to East, descending), very strenuous (East to West, ascending).
  • Trail length and ascending and descending:
  • Trail Attributes: Narrow to moderately wide singletrack. Fast and technical. Banked/bermed corners, moderate grade reversals, serious jumps, natural and man-made rollers, embedded rock sections, exposure, rock drops, off camber corners, loose soils.
  • Highlights: Four vistas are included (ascending from the MERA Loop 724, I-5), Single Shot, Double Shot, Triple Shot and Quad Shot—each at a progressively higher elevation. Several large rock outcrops occur along the trail and some technical trail features include the option of riding over or across rocks. Ride back down (descending) has a very high “giggle factor,” and this trail will challenge you—ascending or descending.
  • Access points: MERA Loop Trail 724 to intersection I-5, Caffeine Trail 716. Alternatively, MERA Loop 724 to intersection with Zig Zag Trail 777 to Depends Trail 775 (I-24) to Doing Time Trail 789 (I-23) to start of Caffeine Trail 716 (I-22). Oh heck, if you want the whole enchilada, ride up to the start of Doing Time Trail 789/ATV 371 (I-20) and bomb down Caffeine Trail to MERA Loop 724 (I-5). Also possible to start at Owsley Canyon Trailhead and ride up or shuttle up Mt Emily Road 202 to start of Doing Time Trail 789/ATV 317 at Grande Overlook, or drop in at Caffeine Trail 716 (I-22).

Sasquatch Trail 755: Preferred direction of travel is counterclockwise from MERA Loop 724 (I-7), best climbing trail on MERA.

  • Technical Rating: Blue, moderately technical.
  • Conditioning Rating: slightly to moderately strenuous.
  • Trail length and ascending and descending: 1.6 miles
  • Trail Attributes: Narrow to moderately wide singletrack. Perfect climbing trail with fast descent to Ricochet Trail 750 @ Owsley Canyon Extension Road 609. Off camber to banked corners, natural and man-made rollers, exposure.
  • Highlights: Great view from top, open Ponderosa Pine “park like” area, just before the big descent to and down Ricochet Trail 750.
  • Access points: MERA Loop Trail 724 to intersection I-7, Sasquatch Trail 755. Alternatively, Owsley Canyon Extension Road 609 to junction with Sasquatch Trail 755.

Zig Zag Trail 777: A very challenging climbing trail if ridden east to west, and a very challenging descending trail if ridden west to east.

  • Technical Rating: Black, technical.
  • Conditioning Rating: Very strenuous (east to west, ascending).
  • Trail length and ascending and descending:
  • Trail Attributes: Narrow singletrack, fast and technical, off-camber corners, roots and embedded rock, tight trees, loose soils.
  • Highlights: Serious workout and technical trail—ascending will crush you—several climbing turns have foiled the best riders, and descent has a high “giggle factor,” and this trail will challenge you.
  • Access points: MERA Loop Trail 724 or Hot Shot Trail 725 (I-4). Alternatively, Owsley Canyon Extension Road 609 to junction with Zig Zag Trail 777.

Fast Twitch Loop Trail 726: Non--directional loop trail that will challenge your endurance and technical skills.

  • Technical Rating: Blue, technical.
  • Conditioning Rating: moderately strenuous.
  • Trail length and ascending and descending:
  • Trail Attributes: Narrow singletrack, moderately fast, technical to moderately technical, with many short ascents and descents “fast twitch muscles”, banked/bermed corners, off-camber corners, grade reversals, man-made jumps and rollers, two very technical gully crossings.
  • Highlights: Solitude, wildlife, huckleberries (when in season), will challenge mtn bike handling skills—shifting, braking, body position, and improve fast twitch muscle response.
  • Access points: Trail is equally fun and technical ridden clockwise or counter clockwise. Access is from Upper Igo Trailhead via Hot Shot Trail 725 or from Owsley Canyon Trailhead and MERA Loop Trail 724 (portions of MERA Loop Trail are also the Fast Twitch Trail)

Skills Loop Trail 727: Directional loop trail, clockwise, that will challenge mtn bike technical skills and endurance. Because of soils and aspect, best early spring and late fall trail on MERA.

  • Technical Rating: Black, technical.
  • Conditioning Rating: strenuous. Trail length and ascending and descending:
  • Trail Attributes: Narrow singletrack, moderately fast to very fast sections, loose soils, technical to very technical with many short and steep ascents and descents, banked/bermed corners, off-camber corners, steep embedded rock areas, rock drops, man-made jumps and rollers, and a fantastic “go big” jumps, table tops and slaloms section “Skills Slalom” near the end.
  • Highlights: Great views of the Grande Ronde Valley and Eagle Cap Wilderness. Giggle factor is high…so is the price for failure! Trail will challenge mtn bike handling skills—especially braking, shifting, and body position.
  • Access points: Upper Igo Trailhead allows Skills Trail to be ridden as a loop—ride up Hot Shot Trail 725 to Skills Trail 727 and go right--clockwise. From Owsley Canyon Trailhead, travel north on Red Apple Trail 700 to MERA Loop Trail 724 , I-1, and continue north to Skills Trail 727 junction, and go right. Note that Skills Trail terminates at Upper Igo Trailhead and you must travel up Hot Shot Trail 725 to the intersection with MERA Loop 724, I-2, to return to Owsley Canyon Trailhead.

Hot Shot Trail 725: Main trail from Upper Igo Trailhead to connect with MERA trail system, non—directional trail that will challenge your endurance and technical skills.

  • Technical Rating: Blue, technical.
  • Conditioning Rating: moderately strenuous (section below Archer Lane), and strenuous (section above Archer Lane).
  • Trail length and ascending and descending:
  • Trail Attributes: Narrow singletrack, moderately fast to fast, technical, with a sustained ascent and descent (on the return), banked/bermed corners, off-camber corners, grade reversals, man-made jumps and rollers.
  • Highlights: Multiple loop and connection opportunities with other MERA Trails. Sustained climb from Upper Igo Trailhead to second junction with MERA Loop Trail 724/Zig Zag Trail 777. Descent is fast, but soils provide super traction. Great trail to test your endurance, and bike handling skills—braking, body position, air time…
  • Access points: Trail is equally fun and technical ridden clockwise or counter clockwise. Access is from Upper Igo Trailhead or from MERA Loop Trail 724 from Owsley Canyon Trailhead.

Depends Trail 775: Non--directional trail that will challenge your endurance and technical skills. Provides primary singletrack access to Doing Time Trail 789 and Caffeine Trail 716.

  • Technical Rating: Blue, technical.
  • Conditioning Rating: moderately strenuous (ascending east to west).
  • Trail length and ascending and descending:
  • Trail Attributes: Narrow singletrack—moderately fast, banked/bermed corners, off-camber corners, grade reversals, man-made jumps and numerous natural rock features.
  • Highlights: Great ascending trail—consistent gradient with a few short grunts, and high giggle factor on the descent—will challenge mtn bike handling skills—braking, body position, embedded rock. Good view of Grande Ronde Valley and Eagle Cap Wilderness. Dog water year round.
  • Access points: From Owsley Canyon Trailhead take Red Apple Trail 700, to MERA Loop Trail 724, to Zig Zag Trail 777. Ride up Zig Zag Trail 777 to Depends Trail 775; alternatively, ride up Mt Emily Rd 202 to Depends Trail. From Upper Igo Trailhead, ride up Hot Shot Trail 725 to MERA Loop Trail 724 to Zig Zag Trail 777 to Depends Trail 775.

Doing Time Trail 789: Preferred direction of travel is west to east (upper elevation to lower elevation). Trail offers the best views and most technical trail opportunities at MERA.

  • Technical Rating: Black to Double Black, very to extremely technical.
  • Conditioning Rating: Moderately strenuous to strenuous (West to East, descending); east to west, ascending is extremely strenuous—you won’t likely make it without stopping...
  • Trail length and ascending and descending: see subsections below
  • Trail Attributes: Narrow to moderately wide singletrack. Fast, banked/bermed corners, grade reversals, serious jumps, natural and man-made rollers, imbedded rock sections, exposure, rock drops, off camber corners, loose soils, steep drop-ins to some corners—loose…
  • Highlights: Trail consists for four distinct sections.
    • Grande Overlook 1.1 miles: Start of trail at I-20, ATV Trail 317 (~ elevation 5,100 ft). Descends to junction I-22, junction of Mt Emily Rd 202 and Caffeine Trail 716. Section is very fast and includes jumps, banked corners, rollers, loose rock, steep drops—serious descending skills needed. Soils are loose to firm.
    • Sideslope 1.2 miles: Provides access to the Fractured Zone and Cayuse Sections. Start at junction of Mt Emily Rd 202 and Caffeine Trail 716, I-22. Descends to either the Fractured Zone side loop or continues on to Cayuse section of Doing Time Trail. Very fast, technical, jumps, bermed corners, stump roll overs or jumps, loose rock.
    • Fractured Zone 1.1 miles: Junction is 0.7 miles descent from I-22 and includes extensive embedded fractured rock, steep drop-ins/bowls, banked corners, sweeping drops with large rock obstacles, jumps—serious mtn bike handling skills and descending skills needed. Soil and rock tread is firm to hard. Requires short climb out to main section of Doing Time Trail, Sideslope Section.
    • Cayuse 1.6 miles: Sideslope morphs into Cayuse at the junction with Depends Trail 775 at I-23. At this point you have the option of descending on Depends Trail 775 or descending on the Cayuse Section of Doing Time Trail 789—which arguably the most technical MERA non-motorized trail—black to double black and moderately strenuous (it’s a net descent with several short, punchy climbs thrown in to test your commitment) and includes steep drop-ins, banked corners, sweeping drops with large rock obstacles, jumps—serious mtn bike handling skills and descending skills needed. Soil and rock tread is loose to firm. Doing Time Trail 789 end at the junction with Depends Trail 775 at I-24.
  • Access points: MERA Loop 724 to intersection with Zig Zag Trail 777 @ I-4 to Depends Trail 775 @ I-24 to Doing Time Trail 789 @ I-23 to start of Caffeine Trail 716 @ I-22. Oh heck, if you want the “super-size experience,” ride up to the start of Doing Time Trail 789/ATV 371 @ I-20 Also possible to start at Owsley Canyon Trailhead and ride up or shuttle up Mt Emily Road 202 to start of Doing Time Trail 789/ATV 371 @ I-20.

Teething Trail: Directional short trail, west to east, for strider bikes, BMX bikes, mt bikes and strollers. Start 'em out here…whether on a bicycle, hiking, stroller, etc.

  • Technical Rating: Green, slightly technical.
  • Conditioning Rating: slightly strenuous.
  • Trail length and ascending and descending: < ¼ mile, 20 ft of descending
  • Trail Attributes: Wide all weather gravel/soil surfaced singletrack, with cleared “fall zones,” slow to moderately fast, with grade reversals and rollers. Highlights: Great trail to start the next generation of mt bikers on with a loop opportunity on Honor Roll Trail or on double track 602.
  • Access points: Access is from Upper Igo Trailhead at double track road 602.

Honor Roll Loop Trail: Directional short trail, west to east, for BMX bikes and mt bikes, trail runners/walkers. More technical and strenuous than Teething Trail.

  • Technical Rating: Green, moderately technical.
  • Conditioning Rating: moderately strenuous.
  • Trail length and ascending and descending: < ½ mile,
  • Trail Attributes: Wide all weather gravel/soil surfaced singletrack, with cleared “fall zones,” moderately fast to fast, with grade reversals, jumps, table tops, pump section, skinnies, bermed hip rides and rock roll overs.
  • Highlights: Great trail to start the next generation of mt bikers on with a loop back to the point of beginning or the start of Teething Trail or on double track road 602. Adults can easily keep an eye on riders or runners and they are always within “shouting” distance. Great trail for practicing jumping and pumping skills.
  • Access points: Access is from Upper Igo Trailhead (south end of parking lot) or at double track road 602.

MERA Trailheads

Maps (see the main MERA page)


Blue Mountain

Singletrack Trails Club

Non-motorized trails may be accessed from Owsley Canyon Trailhead, Upper Igo Trailhead or Lower Igo Trailhead. Non-motorized trail numbers, names and intersections discussed here are as shown on the MERA map attached. Key intersections, which are marked on the ground and shown on the MERA map as 1, 2, 3…24 and are referred to here as I-1, I-2,….I-24.

TRAIL RATING SYSTEM

MERA trails are rated by both difficulty, or “technical,” and conditioning, or “strenuous”. Trail ratings are relative. Ratings have meaning only when making a comparison among MERA trails. Comparing a Blue, strenuous trail on MERA to a Blue rated trail elsewhere is not appropriate.

Trail Technical Ratings: Rating of overall trail—trails have some areas that do not conform to the rating, but are of limited length. 

  • Green: slightly technical 
  • Blue: technical to moderately technica
  • Black: technical to very technical
  • Double Black: very to extremely technical—the price of failure is big! 


Trail Conditioning Ratings:

  • Slightly strenuous 
  • Moderately strenuous
  • Very strenuous