Baker's Tank

Breckenridge

Salida

A popular intermediate ride in the Breckenridge area combining both new school and old school singletrack.

Mountain Biking Difficult

Distance
21 km
Ascent
637 m
Descent
637 m
Duration
2-3 hrs
Low Point
2.9 km
High Point
3.4 km
Gradient
Baker's Tank Map

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.

Description

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.

Difficulty

Difficult

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability featuring larger and more unavoidable obstacles that may include, but not be limited to: bigger stones, roots, steps, and narrow curves. Compared to lower intermediate, technical difficulty is more advanced and grades of slopes are steeper. Ideal for upper intermediate riders.

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

June, July, August, September, October

Features

  • Flow
  • Technical
  • Roots
  • Rock Gardens

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