(the second half of this loop) is closed until June 20 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 more singletrack on the new Everkrisp
(opened July 2019).
Need to Know
Though Whiskey Creek
was once closed to mountain bikes, thanks to the new Everkrisp
trail, this awesome loop is fully open to mountain bikers as of summer 2019!
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. Take it down to the Everkrisp
trail and hang a right. This will loop you back to the parking lot.
This is a heck of a climb with a fun/technical descent.
History & Background
In the 1920's, the meadows were the property of the Everkrisp
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 east-facing slopes.
Shared By: Ryan Williams
by Nick Wilder