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Hop on Line Shack to experience great views and pleasant meadows along a long dirt-road climb.


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Map Key

5.0

Miles

8.1

KM

Doubletrack

9,783' 2,982 m

High

7,746' 2,361 m

Low

2,040' 622 m

Up

5' 1 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

15%

Max Grade (8°)

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Description

Though never technically difficult, and the grade is rarely very steep, Line Shack climbs relentlessly over 2,000' up a dirt road. That might make it a grade harder for many. The most strenuous part of the trail is near the top, where the doubletrack steepens for a 100-meter section and the tread becomes loose with baby-head rocks and hard-to-navigate ruts.

Come ride this area of Meadow Mountain in the autumn to see its bountiful aspen forests explode in fiery fall color.

Upon reaching the top of the dirt road, you'll encounter the trail's namesake: the Line Shack. Complete with bunk beds, a wood stove, and a small kitchen area, this rustic cabin offers visitors everything from a fun summertime novelty, to a welcome, sheltered lunch spot during bad weather, to even a wonderful place to overnight on a quick bikepacking outing. Needless to say, it's a unique spot that's worth checking out!

After reaching the top of Line Shack, look east to catch the entrance to Whisky Creek near the back of the cabin for a wild, rooty ride back to the parking area.

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Shared By:

Nick Wilder

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  3.4 from 9 votes

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in Vail

#20463

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in Vail

#1,784

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Photos

The Line Shack at the top of the climb.
Jul 21, 2019 near Minturn, CO
Looking northeast just a few yards from the line shack.
Oct 3, 2015 near Minturn, CO
Finishing the climb up Meadow Mountain.
Sep 19, 2015 near Minturn, CO
Arriving at the top of the climb.
Nov 16, 2012 near Minturn, CO
Cruising up Meadow Mountain in the fall.
Sep 19, 2015 near Minturn, CO
Heading up the Line Shack climb.
Sep 29, 2023 near Minturn, CO
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Jun 10, 2024
Tyler McCumber
Sep 29, 2019
Tim McCabe
Jun 27, 2019
Jake Si
still a fair amount of snow melt and muddy sections 5mi
Sep 13, 2017
Ryan Gross
Jun 24, 2017
Jeff H
Jun 21, 2014
John Comunale
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