Motorized Winter Recreation
Once snow depth exceeds 18 inches then cross country travel is permitted on MERA, until that point please stay on the trail to minimize impacts.
Snowmobiles have always been popular on Mt Emily. Increasing in popularity are tracked ATV’s and side-by-sides as well as for those snow wheeling. Snow wheeling begins by dropping the tire pressure of customized 4x4’s and traveling on top of the snow. It is always wise to recreate on MERA in groups of 3 or more to ensure a safe outing. Please plan your outings and know the rules and observe trail etiquette. Represent your sport in a positive way.
December 15 to April 1 is snow grooming season for snowmobile routes along Forest Service Road 3120. This route is groomed from Summit Road off I-84 to its connection on Fox Hill Road and is intended for tracked machines only, no wheeled access. This route also encompasses Forest Service Road 520 that extends to the Mt Emily towers, no wheeled access. Please respect this access and stay off any groomed routes if travelling by wheeled machine, ATV’s, Jeeps, etc…
In addition to FS 3120; please observe seasonal closures on a few of the MERA motorized trails. Trail 202, Mt Emily Road and trail 203, Highline, are also closed to wheeled machines in this timeframe. Tracked machines are allowed on these routes throughout the winter.
In years of early and late snow these dates may be extended to accommodate conditions and will be posted as necessary.
Winter Non-Motorized Recreation
Once the snow falls, snow shoes and cross country skis can be utilized from the Owsley Canyon Trailhead.
Quality and longevity of snow conditions vary year to year but snow is something we count on for winter recreation on MERA. Trail 600, Archer Lane is the best route on skis as it is relatively flat.
Trail 202, Mt Emily Road and trail 203, Highline, are closed to wheeled machines December 15- April 1. Tracked machines are allowed on these routes throughout the winter. In years of early and late snow these dates may be extended to accommodate conditions and will be posted as necessary. These are two popular routes for those on skis and snow shoes. Parking is limited so be considerate and park efficiently. Please respect the residents in this neighborhood, pack it in pack it out and clean up after your pets.