On-disc SOHO and TRACE observations of the footpoints of 1 MK quiescent loops in a solar active region are presented. These types of loops are long-lived and high-lying features that are best seen in the TRACE 173 Å passband, sensitive to 1 MK temperatures. SOHO/CDS data are used to show the clear association between the high-lying 1 MK coronal emission and emission formed at lower heights and temperatures, in the transition region. The 1 MK loops are rooted in strong unipolar regions located at the supergranular network boundaries. These loops have near-isothermal distributions at each location along their length, with peak emission measures at T=0.7 MK, where electron densities are ~ 2 x 109 cm-3. The loops showed photospheric abundances, at odds with previous results based on Skylab data.