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blue Best of Baker Creek Preserve

  4.9 ( 17 ) Favorite

Trail

5.1 mile 8.2 kilometer loop
90% Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 648' 197 m
Descent: -660' -201 m
High: 1,137' 346 m
Low: 876' 267 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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Trail shared by Jeb Brown

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

Jeb Brown

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Features -none-

Family Friendly There is a play area at the bottom of the trail system. Wheelchair access on Baker Creek Trail.

Overview

A great ~five-mile loop that links together Cruze Valley Run (Downhill), Barn Burner (Downhill), and Devil's Racetrack Downhill for the most bang for your buck.

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 25 feet. Other than the Devil's Racetrack Rock Garden Alt Line, there are only a few rock obstacles throughout (all being roll-able). This does have you going up Pappy's Way, a very steep gravel road, to loop to Devil's Racetrack Downhill .

Description

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 flow of Devil's Racetrack Downhill.

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 speed needed for Devil's Racetrack Downhill.

From the bottom of Devil's Racetrack Downhill, 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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May 1, 2019
William Woods
Started at Bakers then went to Marie Myers, Victor Ashe, then Hastie and back to Bakers. Observed new trail construction. — 1h 55m
Apr 22, 2019
Mike G
Apr 5, 2019
Peter R
Amazing flow trail with lots of jump. Recommend following this series listed here. The rollers and jumps get bigger through the series.
Mar 27, 2019
Phil K.
Dec 7, 2018
Joy Norris
can’t get enough of it! redbud to barnburner on repeat —great practice for me on jumps. nothing u can’t roll or go around but great flow +++air!
Sep 23, 2018
Mark Heymann
Sep 14, 2018
Roger C.
Jul 12, 2018
Christopher Stevens

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  4.9 from 17 votes

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