Meadow Mountain Loop (Midturn) - TRAIL

Meadow Mountain Loop (Midturn) - Trail, West Vail, Colorado

Starts at 7,750 with a highest pt. of 9,700. Total climbing is 2,00 ft.

Another great trail I found in the Falcon Guide "Mt. biking Colorado" which I highly recommend!

Starts as a gentle climb as your parallel the highway before it turns away and steepens, ranging from intermediate to advanced. It's a sitback climb though, not too technical and the road is wide. After about 3 miles, fork right onto FS 748 riding through a shady tree area. The trail levels out just enough to catch your breath before steepening. Soon enough, as you keep heading South, you reach a little Forest Service cabin which is a perfect place to take a break and enjoy the scenery as it is the high point and it's all down from there.. From the cabin, the singletrack descent heads west from the North side of the cabin (if you are standing outiside of the cabin and looking at the front door, you go right) and passes a pond. Very shortly, look for a wooden fenceline, You want to go right and go downhill, NOT straight on the more traveled trail. This is the FUN part!. Moderate to steep singletrack through the forests. Curvy and way fun, you can get some speed here, just moderately technical in parts. After a few miles, pass through a wire fence and resume on a 4wd road and shortly branch left onto more singletrack for your last steep stretch before coming upon the Battle Mt. High School where you head west on frontage road a short distance, then turn back east following US6 and US24. Be attentive of this! I missed the school/frontage road once and ended up on I-70 for a mile or two of white knuckle, rubber legging to the highway 24 exit!

User Reviews (7)

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ColoRider1   Cross Country Rider [May 28, 2005]

This is a great trail, but be ready to climb and climb. Climbing is generally non-technical but steep. This is a rocking trail once at the top. One thing to be aware of is that the Trail down the back side is closed in the spring until July 1st (learned the hard way).

Customer Service

As Described

Similar Products Used: Lost Lake (the big loop from Safeway), Son of the Middle, Bowman's Shortcut to Two Elk
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5
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4
Carcassone   Cross Country Rider [Aug 03, 2004]

Wanted to add some notes. I rode this trail mid July this year and I still have mostly the same impression. The trail is in great shape and with all the moisture this year the trail brush/flowers are above the handle bars on the singletrack descent. You know the type, the growth is high enough to make the trail invisible. The trail can be a little sketchy if the singletrack is wet for the descent, reason being: wet roots and plenty of them. The descent is long and a blast, a little of everything, fast meadows, trees that seems to be ski gates. This trail is literally what i call an up and over...you climb and climb to the top and then nothing but descend, not my preferred trail type, but this one is an exception. If you decide to take a breat at the cabin make sure you have bug spray, the fly and squitos are extremely hungry! My ratings listed are based on my recent ride.

Customer Service

nothing to add.

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4
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4
Carcassone   Cross Country Rider [Mar 18, 2004]

The previous reviewer hit the nail on the head. The trail is a grinder climb up and up and up. Once up top, the trail becomes progressively better. The scenery is nice and the wild flowers are a nice touch. On the descent, the grass and flowers had grown so much that it was nearly impossible to see the single track...and yes it was fast.

Customer Service

Same as everyone else counter-clockwise.

OVERALL
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3
VALUE
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4
p2moguls   Cross Country Rider [Jul 14, 2003]

Rode this trail for the first time 7/12/03. Previous reviewer, Beef,must have been one of only 3 other riders we saw that entire day. The climb was mostly double track and old 4wd road. Along the way, you pass old ranching ruins, sweeping views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, and lots of purple, yellow and white wildflowers. Rode it mid day, and being mid July, the climb was a little on the hot side. Mostly exposed with little shade. At least there was some breeze and a few shady spots to take a break in if you need to. It's a haul uphill, but not technical in the least bit. Just sit back and grind until you reach the cabin. We checked out the cabin while we had lunch and enjoyed the views. Then we started down to the right of the cabin past the pond just downhill. The trail just got better and better as we descended. It's primo Colorado single track, snaking through shoulder high wildflowers, and shady aspen groves. Even though it's not that technical, you need to be alert at all times. The trail is narrow and due to the height of the flowers and grass along the trail, it twists out of sight often. Roots,rocks and even a little bridge over a creek spring up and could vault you over the handlebars if you're not careful. The hardest part for us was keeping our eyes on the trail with all the beautiful wildflowers and views along the descent. Wildlife too can be an obstacle, as I found out when I rousted a family of grouse from their hideout as I ripped through one of the meadows nearing the bottom..shocked the sh*t out of me when it nearly fluttered directly into my face. All in all, one of the prettiest rides I've done, and a lot of fun. We will be doing it again in the fall. With all the aspens, it will be suh-weet. Highly recommended for good riders. As I said, not all that technically difficult, but aerobically challenging. Including the road at the end, its about 12 miles round trip. As previously mentioned, keep an eye open as you near the bottom. There is a right turn to take you back towards the tunnel to Hwy 24, to avoid the a lengthy road ride back to the parking lot.

Customer Service

From Highway 24 Ranger station, climb the double track to the cabin (4.4 miles). Then right at the cabin, and hang on..kick ass downhill all the way home. Tight single track through wildflowers, meadows and cool, shady forest, back to Hwy 24.

Similar Products Used: Camp Hale to the Colorado Trail, up to Kokomo Pass...also very beautiful, but a relentless and sometimes steep climb. The downhill was a blast though.
OVERALL
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5
VALUE
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4
Beef from Avon   Cross Country Rider [Jul 14, 2003]

Rode this trail on 7/12/03. It took me about an hour to climb all the way to the top from the bottom. Views from the top of the mountain are amazing. You can see the runs on Vail and Beaver Creek. Cabin is neat also. The other reviewers weren't lying about the downhill being tight singletrack. This trail is definitely the tightest singletrack I have ever ridden. The trail goes right throught a dense forest.

Customer Service

Ride or park the car at the Ranger Station and start to climb. Continue going straight on the main trail. You know you've reached the top when you see the cabin at the top of the mtn. Downhill starts on right hand side of the cabin. Other reviewers are correct in that trail forks left and right about 3/4s of the way down and if you want to get back to the ranger station take left work. This will end up at the tunnder under Highway 6 by Kayak Crossing. WOULD NOT RECOMMEND this trail for a beginner because the downhill is very tight.

Similar Products Used: Grand Traverse on Vail mtn, Son of Middle Creek,
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Doug   [Jul 26, 2000]

As mentioned, the previous review and description are great, except for the run-out route.
I will mention one more important fact. Sometime in early July of '00, a local mountain biking group - the Trail Action Group (TAG) did extensive reparative work on this trail, including re-routing it past some areas that were horribly rutted, rooted, and most unpleasant. The new trail pieces they created are fabulous. I liked this trail alot back when I was a Vail local - now the trail is better than it has ever been. Hats off to TAG - you guys did a killer job - thanks alot.

Though you don't have to be an expert, I would NOT recomend a beginner to endeavor on this climb and downhill.

Customer Service

The route described in the previous review is just about right on except for one thing - you don't have to go all the way down to Battle Mountain HS in Eagle Vail, you can go straight down the jeep trail where the prior reviewer says to continue left on the single track (This split is after about 3/4 of the downhill). Going straight down brings you right to Hwy 24, miles closer to the Minturn Ranger Station and trailhead. Going straight here saves you from having to road ride out of Eagle Vail, onto Rt 24, and then back to the ranger station. If you're looking for more miles by the end of this downhill, by all means take the singletrack left to Eagle Vail.

Similar Products Used: Son of Middle Creek (sometimes called Spraddle Creek off Piney Lake road)
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4
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Vince Talavera   [Feb 07, 2003]

First few miles are all climb on single and doubletrack, well worth it and beautiful.. You have reached the summit of the climb when you see the cabin. You can actually go in the cabin and check it out. It is cool! The singletrack heads down to teh right of the cabin, and I kid you not, it is some of the tightest singletrack in Colorado winding through Aspens. Incredible ride... One thing I didnt like is that it drops you out near a HS and I got lost and had to cross over I-70 to get back to HWY 24.. Great ride though. I recommend it wholeheartedly!! One of CO's best//

Customer Service

Meadow Mountain Trail Head on the right hand side of road heading into Minturn of of HWY 24.

Similar Products Used: Tons!! Try Captain Jacks in Vail on the other side of I-70, everybit as fun!
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5
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