“A loop ride from town to the historic Baker's Tank.”
— D L
Link from town up the lower slopes of Baldy Mountain to Baker's Tank, an historic railroad water tank along Boreas Pass Road
. The road sections are closed to motorized use with the exception of Baldy Road.
Wayfinding from the top of Nightmare on Baldy
to Mountain Pride Trail
can be confusing. In general, dramatic (steep) climbs or descents are an indication that a wrong turn has been made.
The description includes an out and back at the upper end of the ride to Baker's Tank. The ride length can be shortened by cutting this section out. However, the 1.8 mile out and back is extremely enjoyable and includes a fun, flowy section of trail with abundant aspen and some of the best dirt in the area.
can be used at the midpoint of the Baker's Tank Trail
descent to connect to Boreas Pass Road
. Boreas Pass Road
west of this intersection passes through a large aspen grove, and offers stunning views. Aspen Alley
can then still be descended.
Need to Know
The description and GPS track begins and ends at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena on Boreas Pass, south of Town.
This loop can be done counterclockwise as well. The lower half of Baker's Tank Trail
is no picnic, but Nightmare on Baldy
and Barney Ford
trails are both great downhill. Barney Flow
trails offer great alternatives to Moonstone Trail
if ridden CCW.
As with many rides in Breckenridge, there are numerous opportunities to lengthen this ride by incorporating adjacent trails.
This ride can be combined with the Classic Breckenridge Route
from Barney Ford
Trail for a longer tour of Breckenridge.
The kid-friendly trail network around the ice arena offers an opportunity for ride swapping with the family.
Park at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena. Cross Boreas Pass Road
to Sunbeam Drive. Sunbeam Trail
begins on the left side of the road and leads to Carter Park
Climb the Carter Park
switchbacks to a flume. Go left then take an immediate right onto Moonstone Trail
. Climb to Moonstone Rd.
Cross Moonstone Rd to Barney Ford
and climb to Sallie Barber Road
, passing V3
enroute. Go left at the top of the trail and ride up to Sallie Barber Road
and ride through a gate. Sallie Barber Road
contours for a mile before climbing steeply for 1/3 mile to Sallie Barber Mine.
Take an uphill right turn, climbing south up Nightmare on Baldy
to True Romance
. Go right, through a wooden barrier then descend to Baldy Road (a primitive gravel road).
Turn right on Baldy Road then immediately left onto the Crossing Route
doubletrack with a brown, USFS carsonite marker indicating road 528.1B. Crossing Route
contours, passing through a four-way intersection with timber barriers across the side trails. Continue straight, on the contour through this junction. After ~1,000 feet, Crossing Route
climbs a steep, rocky, rutted section. After a short distance, look for the unmarked Pinball Alley
singletrack on the right.
Climb Pinball Alley
to a high point and fork in the trail. Take a right and descend through an s-curve. Turn left and south out of the s-curve onto Mountain Pride trail at a mine tailings area.
Ride this contouring trail for a mile, and merger point with Baker's Tank Trail
(USFS Trail #40) at a Y-intersection which includes a sharp right turn downhill. The ride can be shortened by taking a right onto Baker's Tank Trail
Continue straight at this junction for an out and back section along a fun, flowy, aspen descent to Boreas Pass Road
at Baker's Tank. Turn around and begin back up Baker's Tank Trail
Continue back to the intersection with Mountain Pride Trail
, turn left and descend. At the midpoint of the descent, Baker's Tank Trail
crosses Valdero Trail
- USFS #9032. Continue due west on Baker's Tank Trail
Top out and descend to the Boreas Pass winter trailhead. Turn left on Boreas Pass Road
at the trailhead passing through an open gate. Take Aspen Alley
on the right side of the road just after the gate.
(USFS trail #9133) descends 1 mile through a number of tacky, flowy switchbacks to a gravel driveway adjacent to Boreas Pass Road
Cross the drive, turn left onto the Blue River Trail
. After 1/4 mile turn right at a post onto the Illinois Creek
High Trail. Follow Illinois Creek
passing the Southside Trail
on the left. Descend right through a switchback with a straight option and ride east passing two more left turns before a final curve. Ride straight out across a short bridge back to the parking lot.
History & Background