There is a new addition of a bottom trail to a contrived series of trails that forms a very long descent a MERA. It can go Caffeine > Whoopsy > MERA Loop > New Trail or maybe substitute Ricochet + short climb for Whoopsy if you want a better section in the middle. In any scenario, it is long and a real yawner. I kept having to slap myself awake to avoid overcooking the overabundance of speed scrubbing u-turns. On Whoopsy I did encounter some chattering from hoof prints that were the subject of all the drama at MERA in the last few weeks. No sooner had I come up with a great plan...
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Shoreline Trail at Phillips Lake

Season:
March - November
Distance:
15.76 miles
Total Elev. Gain:
2,037 ft.
Total Elev. Loss:
-2,025 ft.

The most beginner of true singletrack trails in the entire region is offered up by Phillips Lake in the form of the Shoreline Trail. This trail hugs the shoreline around the entire lake, offering fantastic views and full-throttle riding. Other than the rocky section at the west end (which can be bypassed) any inexperienced rider will enjoy a positive first singletrack riding experience on this trail. More experienced riders may enjoy some side trails featured on our EnterActive map. The surface is mostly smooth-packed dirt with some gravel on some sections of the trail...  
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Echo West Ranch & Vineyard Mountain Bike Trails - Echo, Oregon

Season:
All
Distance:
10.24 miles
Total Elev. Loss:
-1,206 ft.
Total Elev. Gain:
1,206 ft.

Echo has developed a great reputation for fun mountain biking in the Northwest because of its central location and year-around riding weather, not to mention the trails flow like tumbleweeds. (That's a good thing, because tumbleweeds roll fast across the Columbia Plateau.) We owe a great gratitude to Lloyd and Lois Piercy for breaking the farmer/rancher mold and offering up their uncultivated land to mountain bikers to build trail. They went out of their way to ask Scott's Cycles in Hermiston about turning their land into a mountain bike oasis...  
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Greer Ranch Mountain Bike Trails - Murrieta, California

Distance:
0.62 miles
Total Elev. Loss:
-298 ft.
Total Elev. Gain:
14 ft.

Greer Ranch (a.k.a. The Nursery or The Farm) is a well built series downhill trails that offers some easy access and easy climbing for redonkulous descending mountain bike action. The trails have awesome berms and jumps with the bonus of the hospital only a stone's throw away. You can stack several loops for really fun riding in this area. There is some good signage on the trails, with wicked artwork for the trail name signs. There is no signage at the trailhead though. Simply ride up the road from the parking and you can access the trails off of that road...  
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