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The exposure grade describes the potential consequences of falling or slipping off the path.
Low Exposure: The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.
Medium Exposure: The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.
High Exposure: Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.
Extreme Exposure: Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.
The Baker’s Tank loop is widely regarded as one of the best intermediate-friendly singletrack rides in the Breckenridge area.
But with so many singletrack trails going every which way, it can sometimes be difficult to determine exactly which is the best way to ride this popular trail. The most straight forward option consists of climbing up the dirt road and going down Baker’s Tank.
On the flip side, the route mapped here isn’t as straight forward but maximizes the singletrack—both up and down the mountain—in order to descend all of the Baker’s Tank trail, and to keep on descending down Aspen Alley and following singletrack all the way back into Breckenridge. This big combo ride utilizes both new school and old school singletrack.
The newer singletrack closer to the town of Breckenridge features modern trail design, swooping berms, rollers, and the occasional jump.
Aspen Alley specifically is a true gem of a trail! The named Baker’s Tank trail, on the other hand, is much more old school.
Due to straight lines and wide-open singletrack, riders can absolutely haul ass while descending this trail! That said, the trail tread is just downright rough.
There aren’t any major obstacles, but a constant pounding of eroded roots and rock gardens leads to some riders commenting that this trail is overrated. Regardless of your opinion or perspective, checking out Baker’s Tank at least once or twice is a must-do for any rider passing through Breckenridge.