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Best of Baker Creek Preserve

 6 votes


5.4 Miles 8.7 Kilometers




678' 207 m


-683' -208 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (13°)

1,139' 347 m


867' 264 m



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A great short ride to get the most out of Baker Creek Preserve.

Jeb Brown


A great ~five-mile loop that links together Cruze Valley Run (Downhill), Barn Burner (Downhill), and Best Medicine for the most bang for your buck.
Family Friendly: There is a play area at the bottom of the trail system. Wheelchair access on Baker Creek Trail.
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know

To get the most out of this loop, riders should be comfortable with connecting berms to tabletop jumps that range from three to ten feet. There are only a few rock obstacles throughout the ride (all being roll-able). This ride does have you going up Pappy's Way, a very steep gravel road, to loop to Best Medicine.


Starting from the Baker Creek Bottoms parking area, make your way over to the super chill Sycamore Loop to connect to the Redbud Crest downhill access. This is a popular break spot with a bike rack and a couple log benches. Once you're ready to head down, take Cruze Valley Run (Downhill) for a quick warm up on the "downhill pumptrack." Once at the bottom, take a right to transfer back to the downhill junction using Redbud Crest.

Now get ready for some airtime on Barn Burner (Downhill). After the last large hip-jump on Barn Burner (Downhill), use the Floyd Fox connector to Sycamore Loop. From there, take Sycamore Loop clockwise to Best Medicine.

Turn on Pappy's Way after the first big switchback. FYI- Pappy's Way gets steep then steeper. Enjoy the view from Pappy's Point and maybe do a quick session of the top of Devil's Racetrack Downhill before descending the fast and tight flow of Best Medicine.

Best Medicine (downhill) is a great alternative for people comfortable going fast downhill, wanting something different than the often crowded Cruze Valley Run (Downhill) and Barn Burner (Downhill), but not ready to give the commitment needed for Devil's Racetrack Downhill.

From the bottom of Best Medicine, you can make your way to the nearby parking and play areas, head back up Redbud Crest for another lap, or journey into Knoxville's Urban Wilderness.

History & Background

The "Springhouse" (old foundation with channelized Baker Creek) located at the bottom exit of Devil's Racetrack Downhill and Sycamore Loop was largely cleaned and made accessible by the late Roe Lyle.


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Nov 22, 2017
Chad Pellegrin
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Nov 11, 2017
Jenny Garcia
Oct 13, 2017
Darrin Purcell
Loved it! I don't see many downhill set-ups like this in WI. Really fun! Climb a mile, scream down a hill for a mile...repeat, repeat, repeat. 7.5mi — 2h 00m

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All these trails at Bakers are so fantastically FUN! They are really outstanding. There is something for everyone here and I mean everyone. If you are a beginner there is some thing to ride, intermediate, advanced to the pro rider, it is all here. The double black diamond rock gardens and devils race track will be a blast for pro downhill riders. Aug 1, 2017

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