ParksMount Emily Recreation Area (MERA) offers 3,670 acres of outstanding forest recreation just two miles north of downtown La Grande, Oregon. Visitors can enjoy trails dedicated for motorized and non-motorized uses. Trails throughout MERA offer both gentle routes and challenging terrain.
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Check this site often for news, updates, and other information.Signage on the ground is a work in progress as we have recently updated our maps. Signage in the field is not entirely consistent with new maps and will be updated this Spring. The eastern half of MERA is dedicated to non-motorized use. Recreationists can enjoy miles of trail to hike, bike, and horseback ride. Motorized use including ATV’s, side by sides, Jeeps, and motorcycles can be enjoyed above the rim, on MERA’s western half. There is also a corridor providing limited motorized access through the eastern half of MERA. This corridor and trails east of the rim are seasonally closed from October 1 to March 31, to motorized use. This area is the winter range to a large number of elk native to the valley. Once the snow falls, cross-country skis and snow shoes can be enjoyed throughout the park. Over the snow travel by machine is allowed on the western portion once snow depths have exceeded 18 inches. Whatever your mode of transportation, the views of the Grande Ronde Valley from Mount Emily are breathtaking! Fox Hill Trailhead- Is the exclusive motorized OHV access point. The parking area is spacious making trailer maneuvering a breeze. Camping is also available at this location with four primitive pull through RV spaces and four back in spaces. To access Fox Hill Road from La Grande, follow Second Street north to Black Hawk Trail Lane. Turn left on Black Hawk Trail Lane, which becomes Fox Hill Road. The road turns to gravel and the grade is very steep 17%, if towing 4WD is recommended. Fox Hill trailhead is on the right at the top of hill.
WARNING: There is a steep grade of +17% on Fox Hill for those with heavy loads trying to make the campground!
Union County Public Works Sean Chambers, Parks Coordinator 10513 N McAlister Road, PO Box 1103, Island City, OR 97850 541-963-1016 Fax: 541-963-7822 TTY: 1-800-735-1232