Baker's Tank Trail

Salida

Forested trail near Boreas Pass Road with mountain views and a chance at spotting wildlife.

Hiking Moderate

Distance
8.7 km
Ascent
310 m
Descent
310 m
Duration
1-2 hrs
Low Point
3.2 km
High Point
3.4 km
Gradient
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Description

This pleasant hike or snowshoe begins from a small pullout on the uphill side of Boreas Pass Road on the edge of the neighborhood. This is the Boreas Pass winter trailhead. From here the trail leads up and down, but mostly up, through conifer forest and a series of mountain meadows. Wildflowers are beautiful in early summer, colored foliage in fall, and you may see wildlife year round. Vistas are limited most of the way by trees, but occasional gaps give a glimpse over the valley.

When the road is open, you can alternatively begin at the higher end and travel the opposite way, finishing at the winter trailhead. Complete a loop by hiking along Boreas Pass Road, which is shared with cars during the summer but offers expansive views the whole way. This relatively easy hike is great for a leisurely stroll or acclimating to the altitude of Breckenridge.

Sources: https://fdrd.org/files/5814/0561/1757/BakersTankTS.pdf https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/whiteriver/recreation/bicycling/recarea/?recid=40631&actid=104 https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/5604071/bakers-tank-trail

Difficulty

Moderate

Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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