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Meadow Mountain / Line Shack and Whiskey Creek

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#13 in Colorado
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“A great loop with a big climb, big views, and big aspens.”
Nick Wilder on Sep 9, 2012
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10.4 Miles 40% Singletrack 2,168’ Ascent -2,172’ Descent 7,639’ Low 9,744’ High
Closed from December 1 – July 1 for elk calving
2:15 average ride time for 10.4 miles. Details

This ride has a bit of everything: a long grind up a dirt road through open meadows, a little historic cabin, a fabulous descent through a large aspen forest, and a little paved bike path to get you back where you started.
The 2,000+ climb starts right from the parking lot up the Line Shack trail, and basically doesn't end until you get to the high point, at an old "line shack" that appears to be frequently used as a winter hideaway. There's a wood stove and primitive sleep & cooking space.

From there, the singletrack begins down Whiskey Creek, and you have 3+ miles fun through the forest. The trail is a little rutted in places, but not bad. Near the end, as you approach the highway, the trail forks. The straight-ish (right) option goes down a rocky steep ravine to the highway, where you'll find an underpass to the bike path. The marked ride goes this way. The left fork goes towards the Eagle Vail high school, and will make your ride to car a couple miles longer.
History & Background
In the 1920's, the meadows were the property of the Evercrisp Lettuce Company (I kid you not - Minturn was "the lettuce capital of America").
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Jul 22
Jul 17
rutted, lots of roots
Jul 3
pretty torn up from horse hooves, tall but beautiful flowers and lots of exposed roots - fun fun fun!
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5.0 (4)
A life-changing 485 mile ride on the Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango.
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4.7 (3)
A big loop with great scenery and varied riding.
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4.4 (9)
A grand tour combining amazing alpine scenery with Vail's finest flow trails.
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PHOTOS of Meadow Mountain / Line Shack and Whiskey Creek
 4.0 from 2 votes
Amazing aspen grove descent (Minturn, CO)
 4.0 from 2 votes
Miles of this. Awesome. (Minturn, CO)
 3.7 from 3 votes
Almost to the top (Minturn, CO)
 3.5 from 2 votes
Good idea to pause from the climb and check out the scenery once in a wh... (Minturn, CO)
 3.0 from 1 vote
A bit more meadow as you leave the aspens near the bottom of the trail. (Minturn, CO)
 3.0 from 1 vote
Meadow Mountain: aptly named! (Minturn, CO)
 2.0 from 1 vote
Front door of the Line Shack, and the top of your climb! (Minturn, CO)
 2.0 from 1 vote
Working up the hill! (Minturn, CO)
 2.0 from 1 vote
It's a long uphill, but pretty technically easy. (Minturn, CO)
 2.0 from 1 vote
Arriving at the top of the climb. (Minturn, CO)
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