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Baker's Tank Loop via Boreas Pass Road

 4 votes

Length

6.0 Miles 9.6 Kilometers


50%

Singletrack

Elevation

687' 209 m

Ascent

-687' -210 m

Descent

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

11,048' 3,368 m

High

10,361' 3,158 m

Low

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Bad / Closed 4 days ago
Snowy - You can ride the road for 3.0 Miles and it’s clean but the moment you hit singletrack you’ll just run into snow. History

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An excellent Beginner Loop to Baker's Tank along Boreas Pass Road featuring a singletrack downhill.

Don Leinweber

Overview

This is a loop meant for beginners from the Boreas Pass winter trailhead up Boreas Pass Road to Baker's Tank, then returning to the trailhead via the Baker's Tank Trail. Riders wishing for a more challenging route should ride the Breckenridge to Baker's Tank and Back loop.
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Need to Know

Boreas Pass Road between Breckenridge and Como is open to motor vehicles.

The second half of the Baker's Tank Trail is steeper, rockier and more challenging than the upper half. Riders wishing to skip the more technical descent to the trailhead can utilize Valdero Trail to exit back to Boreas Pass Road and pedal west, downhill to the trailhead.

The Aspen Alley trail begins at the Boreas Pass Road winter trailhead. The trail was realigned in 2014, converting it to a very fun, flowy aspen grove touring descent. To extend the ride, leave a shuttle vehicle at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena and descend this trail following the later half of the Breckenridge to Baker's Tank and Back loop description.

Description

Access the trailhead from a traffic signal at Highway 9 and Boreas Pass Road on the south end of Breckenridge. Drive Boreas Pass Road until the pavement ends and park at the trailhead.

From the trailhead, ride southeast along Boreas Pass Road. The first several miles of trail pass through a large aspen grove, and offers stunning views of the Goose Pasture Tarn, the Town of Breckenridge reservoir. At a large bend in the road 1.5 miles from the trailhead, pass the Valdero Trail intersection on the north side of the road.

Baker's Tank is 1.5 miles further up Boreas Pass Road. The trail is to the left of the tank, up a short section of road. There is a trail marker at a fence identifying the beginning of the trail. The initial climb from Boreas Pass Road is a bit steep, but levels off quickly to a buff, contouring trail in tacky, reddish dirt. There is an overlook with a small bench on the left side of the trail about 1,000 feet from Boreas Pass Road. This is an excellent place for a midride break.

From the bench, continue west on a nice gradient 3/4 miles to a fork in the trail. To the right is Mountain Pride Trail and to the left, Baker's Tank Trail continues downhill. There is a marker with a white arrow on a brown background pointing downhill. Go left and begin a wide, rooty descent. The descent can be slippery and unnerving when wet.

Descend for just under a mile to the intersection of Valdero Trail. This junction is not marked. Valdero Trail to the right is easy to miss. To the left there are two connections to the trail, which descends out to Boreas Pass Road. Should the upper section of Baker's Tank Trail prove too difficult, exit to Boreas Pass Road via Valdero Trail at this junction as the lower section of Baker's Tank Trail is steeper and more technical.

Continue due west on Baker's Tank Trail. The trail begins a short, mellow climb before topping out and descending steeply to the Boreas Pass winter trailhead.

History & Background

Here is a great link to the Summit Historical Society and information on Baker's Tank:summithistorical.org/BakerT…

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Sep 21, 2017
Arlene Tamariz
No Barbie Trail
Sep 2, 2017
Pat McDermott
Fun wide start uphill then decently challenging blue for second half mostly downhill.
Aug 17, 2017
Wirun Sae-Lao
Jul 15, 2017
Cycling Escapes
Jul 4, 2017
Mireille Pilloud
Jul 3, 2017
Corina Lindley
Jul 1, 2017
Joseph Linck
Take Boreas Bus to get to all nearby trails. Everett or emmet stop get off bus
Sep 16, 2016
David Entremont

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  3.8 from 4 votes

#15

in Breckenridge

#2403

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in Breckenridge

#283

in Colorado

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