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Old 07-18-2016, 09:44 AM
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Default Mt. Emily Recreation Area tour day

Sunday July 17th four vehicles met at the MERA staging to take a trail tour and give feedback to the MERA planning committee for class 2 use. We were met by a committee member who had gone out earlier and flagged some areas of interest for us. After a quick breifing he left us to explore the area.
We started up the 201 road and then turned off on the 212 trail that led us to the 213 trail. The 213 trail winds up the mountain side. We came to our first point of interest, a rock out cropping with several possible lines and it could possibly turn into a exellent crawl area with some use and help from mother nature. After a short stop to play here and then repair a coolant hose T whose cap had split, we continued on. The next stop was the rock pit located off the 215 trail. If they decide to dump their unwanted rocks from other projects here it could turn into another fun crawling area. After a stop at the rock pit for a snack we moved on to the next area of interet. The 405 trail is designated for fourwheelers, but they are having trouble with people moving rocks and using it for class 2 vehicles. We were ask to run the trail and see if it was suitable for class 2 use and they would possibly change the signage. It is a fun little loop trail that winds through the trees and has some elevation change to it. I recommend that it gets left alone and just change signage for class 2 use. The weather was shifting on us and we even felt a few rain drops, so we headed to the 222 trail called the Spine trail. This trail is more like the Naches trail in Washington, as it winds through the trees and up to the mountain top. At the top is a small rock out cropping with a overview of the Grane Ronde Valley below. This makes a perfect picture oppertunity and we took full advantage. As we were snapping pictures thunder could be heard and rain started falling. We took that as a cue to call it a day and headed back down to the staging area. We saw some wild life along the trails and over all was a beautiful day.
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Old 07-20-2016, 06:38 PM
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Wow ! Great report ! Thanks ☺
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