Meadow Mountain / Line Shack and Whiskey Creek

 25 votes

10.4 Miles 16.7 Kilometers

40%

Singletrack

2,168' 661 m

Ascent

-2,172' -662 m

Descent

9,744' 2,970 m

High

7,639' 2,328 m

Low

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

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9,744' 2,970 m

High

7,639' 2,328 m

Low

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

A great loop with a big climb, big views, and big aspens.

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Closed from December 1 July 1 for elk calving
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.

Description

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 4 miles of fun through the aspen 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"). In the early 1960's, it was the Meadow Mountain ski area. Vail bought it and ran it for a few more years before giving up due its lower elevation and southeast-facing slopes.

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Sep 18, 2016
Cody McCutcheon
Aug 8, 2016
Jacob Tubbs
Tough climb. Grass on the descent is very tall and thick, making it difficult to see. A few mudholes and slick roots following recent rain. 10.4mi — 2h 00m Delete
Jul 8, 2016
Lee Peezee
Jun 4, 2016
Tony Nesavich
Sep 27, 2015
Rick Simkins
Early July may be better, before the grass is whipping handlebars and shins. Or when aspens are gold! — 3h 34m Delete
Sep 6, 2015
James Maccabe
Nice easy climb, downhill not as exciting in tall grass. 10.6mi — 1h 57m Delete
Sep 1, 2015
Paola Ce
Jul 11, 2015
Bodo Knudsen
A little slippery in spots on the downhill with the wet roots. Close to the bottom there are two trees close together that 780mm bars won't fit t... Delete

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  4.0 from 25 votes

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in Vail

#147

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in Vail

#37

in Colorado

#147

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