Summit County Bike Trails: Bakers Tank Loop
By the numbers
Distance: 5.5 miles
Time: 1-2 hours
Elevation: 10,360-10,850 feet
Type: Loop, dirt road, trail/singletrack
Season: Late June to early October
Throughout the summer, Explore Weekender will run mountain bike and recpath trail guides from our annual Explore Summit County Bike Guide. The rides will be a mix of dirt trails, singletrack and paved roads from across Summit County.
Known by locals as a great loop just outside of downtown Breckenridge, Baker’s Tank provides a great ride option all summer long. An easy climb up Boreas Pass Road takes you to a hidden singletrack that descends through a dense pine forest on Baker’s Tank Trail.
Know Before You Go:
When the gate on Boreas Pass Road, near the Baker’s Tank Trailhead, is closed, Boreas Pass Road is still snowy and wet. Cyclists should avoid this ride until the gate opens. Expect vehicle traffic (especially on weekends) on the road. Bordered by aspen groves and with nice views of Quandary Peak and the Tenmile Range, Boreas Pass Road alone also makes for a spectacular fall ride. It should be noted that snow lingers on the Baker’s Tank Trail, which should be avoided in early summer and after heavy rains. The trail can be ridden in either direction. Taking Boreas Pass Road to the Baker’s Tank Trail’s upper access point leaves all singletrack for the descent.
From I-70, drive south through Breckenridge on Highway 9. Turn left at the stoplight on the south end of town onto Boreas Pass Road. Drive 3.5 miles up this winding road to pavement’s end. Park in a pull-off on the left where the road becomes dirt.
Follow Boreas Pass Road for 3 miles to Baker’s Tank. Turn onto a jeep road forking left just before the tank — there is an earlier trail access for a substantially shorter ride. At the upper access climb briefly and veer left onto a trail starting near a fence. It parallels the jeep road below, then switchbacks left. Pedal along this nearly level trail as it winds around a hill, clinging to a steep slope. Reach a junction at 3.9 miles, turn left and begin a long descent (going straight leads to private property). For the rest of this ride, expect uphill traffic and use caution around blind corners. Enjoy twists and turns through dense forest, then connect with an old road at 4.8 miles. Turn left (going right leads to private land), descend briefly and then turn right almost immediately and back onto the trail. Cross another road and pass through a camping area/turnaround. Continue on the trail as it cruises along a fairly level section through the trees. It then descends along steep hillside, switchbacking downward and ending at the trailhead.
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