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Meadow Mountain / Line Shack and Whiskey Creek

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Rank: #5 in the Vail and Eagle area
#24 in Colorado
#139 Overall
Featured Ride near Minturn,  area, 
“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 2,168’ Ascent 9,744’ High 7.9% Avg Grade
40% Singletrack -2,172’ Descent 7,639’ Low 19.8% Max Grade
Restrictions
Closed from December 1 – July 1 for elk calving
Overview
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.
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").
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Today

67° | 40°
Tomorrow

73° | 42°
Thursday

77° | 43°
Friday

75° | 43°
Saturday

70° | 43°
Recent Conditions
Jul 22
Good.
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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 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
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 3.5 from 2 votes
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 3.0 from 1 vote
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 3.0 from 1 vote
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 2.0 from 2 votes
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 2.0 from 1 vote
Working up the hill! (Minturn, CO)
 2.0 from 1 vote
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 2.0 from 1 vote
Arriving at the top of the climb. (Minturn, CO)
 2.0 from 1 vote
Front door of the Line Shack, and the top of your climb! (Minturn, CO)
 1.0 from 2 votes
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