Meadow Mountain / Line Shack and Whiskey Creek

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Trail

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°)

All Clear

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

Nick Wilder

Overview

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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Oct 23, 2016
Josef Lehner
Oct 15, 2016
Ben Sloman
Only a little mud right at the bottom 10.3mi
Oct 9, 2016
Ben Hagener
Steady climb to the top, did a bit of walking for sure. Snow and muddy on the way down. Walked a lot of the fun sections due to no traction.
Sep 27, 2016
Jack Desmond
Sep 24, 2016
Kyle Martin
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
Jul 8, 2016
Lee Peezee

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  4.0 from 26 votes

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in Vail

#171

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All Clear 34 days ago
Top of decent is a little slick . Once out in the clear all dry to the bottom . And soo fun!
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Put this together with Bowman's/Two Elks for a truly epic day (30ish miles). I've even had friends loop this all the way back up the Vail Pass Bike Path for a 50 miler. Stop midway in Minturn for a little refreshment, and then grind out this trail. Bring a cap for sun protection as you won't need a helmet from the beginning of Line Shack to the top as this ride can be HOT. Jun 5, 2014


So many rides to choose from that you have to just keep coming back year after year. Aug 7, 2014


Good ride, although the grass on the descent is so tall now it's hard to see the trail in places, making the upper parts of the descent a little frustrating. But a great ride with epic views. Did it from Vail, which gives you a nice ride to and from the trailhead. Aug 9, 2016


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