“A great loop with a big climb, big views, and big aspens.”
— Nick Wilder on Sep 9, 2012
RestrictionsClosed for Elk Calving each spring through June 15
Overview2:45 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.
DescriptionThe 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 & BackgroundIn the 1920's, the meadows were the property of the Evercrisp Lettuce Company (I kid you not - Minturn was "the lettuce capital of America").
ContactsLand Manager: USFS - White River National Forest Office
Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association
May 19 Saddle Ridge Trail Project
May 8 2013 Trail Work Dates
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