• Amy Hindman

Mount Emily Recreation Area

Difficulty: Moderate

Length: Varies

Elevation Gain: Varies

Season: Open year round, but there is snow in the winter

Location: La Grande

Notes: Bathrooms are available.


Mount Emily Recreation Area is an amazing trail network just outside of La Grande. With 45 miles of hiking trails, there's something for everyone! It's also an excellent choice for mountain biking.


View a detailed trail map on the MERA website


We parked at the Owsley Trailhead and followed the Red Apple Loop which was roughly 2.5 miles and had minor elevation change.


The trail meanders through the forest with occasional peeks down to the valley below.

There's lots of opportunities to scramble and run around along the way.

My kids especially loved the bridges and creek crossings.

We loved this fun, easy hike and will definitely be back!

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