Meadow Mountain / Line Shack and Whiskey Creek

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  4.0 from 25 votes
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Rank: #1 in the Vail area
#36 in CO, #143 Overall
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Jul 31 Green - Dry
Featured Ride in the area near Minturn,
“A great loop with a big climb, big views, and big aspens.”
Nick Wilder on Sep 9, 2012
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10.416.7 milesKilometers 2,168’661 m Ascent 9,744’2,970 m High 8% Avg Grade (5°)
40% Singletrack -2,172’-662 m Descent 7,639’2,328 m Low 22% Max Grade (12°)
Closed from December 1 July 1 for elk calving
2:56 average 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 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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PHOTOS of Meadow Mountain / Line Shack and Whiskey Creek
  4.5 from 2 votes
Looking northeast just a few yards from the line shack. (Minturn, CO)
  4.0 from 4 votes
Finishing the climb up Meadow Mountain. (Minturn, CO)
  4.0 from 3 votes
Fabulous aspen section. (Minturn, CO)
  4.0 from 2 votes
Amazing aspen grove descent (Minturn, CO)
  4.0 from 2 votes
Miles of this. Awesome. (Minturn, CO)
  4.0 from 2 votes
Looking back at the Gore Range from near the line shack. (Minturn, CO)
  3.8 from 4 votes
Cruising up Meadow Mountain in the fall. (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)
  3.3 from 3 votes
Eastern views of the amazingly striped hillsides above Minturn (Minturn, CO)
  3.0 from 3 votes
Passed a couple deer checking us out before they headed off. (Minturn, CO)
  3.0 from 1 vote
Meadow Mountain: aptly named! (Minturn, CO)
  3.0 from 1 vote
A bit more meadow as you leave the aspens near the bottom of the trail. (Minturn, CO)
  2.3 from 3 votes
View from cabin at top of climb. Looking toward Beaver Creek ski area. (Minturn, CO)
  2.0 from 2 votes
Looking south and approaching the junction with the main Whiskey Creek T... (Minturn, CO)
  2.0 from 2 votes
Bikers and fly-fishing-folks enjoy this stretch of the Eagle River (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
Front door of the Line Shack, and the top of your climb! (Minturn, CO)
  2.0 from 1 vote
Arriving at the top of the climb. (Minturn, CO)
  1.0 from 2 votes
On the Eagle Valley Paved Path (Minturn, CO)