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Evans Trail is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near La Grande, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.2 miles Elevation Gain: 2,673 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash


nature trips

bird watching



wild flowers

7 months ago

Spectacular views about 80% of the time across the Le Grand Valley. Lots of intersecting trails and not clearly marked. I could not find the start location, drove up the road until a small parking area, enough for two cars. I followed the western side of the red path in this app, doing an out and back hike. Any paths that looked like they might be the eastern path did not pan out, did a lot of backtracking to stay on the red line. Some single track, mostly old road in good shape and very easy to hike. Went as far as a broad flattened area with rhododendrons and snow on the ground. Beyond that the trail was not maintained, very overgrown.

Thu Aug 02 2018

Awesome Hike! When you get to the Mount Emily trailhead and look at the map they have it can get quite confusing. There are several different hikes and some hikes are only accessible by hiking a separate trail to reach it. There are many signs and they are quite confusing, they are all labeled but it can become challenging to distinguish which sign is pointing to which trail, just trust your gut and match it with the site map and you should be fine. This 7 mile loop is actually called Mera loop once you get up there and there are several different hikes that stem off of this one. I only did the loop this time but really want to go back and try some of the different hikes that shoot off of this one. Beautiful hike, a couple cool streams and bridges you have to cross over. There’s a couple picnic tables once you reach the halfway point. All in all a moderate 7 mile hike!! Look out for the huckleberries!!

Tue Oct 04 2016

It was a very beautiful hike. Lots of uphill. One major downfall, we never came across a view point and the trail signs are very confusing. More of a walk around the woods then scenery hiking. Other than that, it is very clean and quiet. A nice getaway.

Tue Jul 05 2016

Beautiful view and definitely worth seeing the valley for. As a pet owner, be warned of the ticks on Mt. Emily in June and July. Our dog loved the hike but was not thrilled with the 10 or so ticks we pulled off him. :-( ,Otherwise awesome hike!

18 days ago

Thu Jun 21 2018

Sun Apr 14 2013