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Meadow Mountain Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.4 (22) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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Map Key

10.3

Miles

16.6

KM

70%

Singletrack

9,749' 2,971 m

High

7,749' 2,362 m

Low

2,088' 636 m

Up

2,088' 636 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

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Whiskey Creek (the second half of this loop) is closed until June 20 for Elk calving.

Overview

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!

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. 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 with improvements by Nick Wilder

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 22 votes

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#574

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  4.4 from 22 votes
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Photos

The Line Shack at the top of the climb.
Jul 21, 2019 near Minturn, CO
Fabulous aspen section.
Sep 19, 2015 near Minturn, CO
Flow with a view
Jul 13, 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
Aspen forest in the fall.
Oct 9, 2019 near Minturn, CO

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Aug 30, 2020
Sriram Varadarajan
Aug 9, 2020
Corey Werner
Awesome views. the climb is worth it. 10mi — 2h 00m
Jul 30, 2020
Nick Wilder
So good! Asters are in full bloom.
Jul 24, 2020
Benjamin Armengolli
Trail in great conditions 10mi — 2h 00m
Jun 24, 2020
Chris JD
Was wondering if the 5 mile uphill was worth it. YES! Whiskey is awesome, but stay alert, the vegetation makes seeing the trail tough at times. 10.3mi — 1h 57m
May 23, 2020
Dan W
Oct 15, 2019
Jen Trask
holy hell. 10.3mi — 2h 45m
Sep 29, 2019
Tim McCabe