The Bakers Trail mountain bike ride near Breckenridge is a gorgeous route with plenty of fast downhill that provides a unique opportunity to see some of the area's mining and railway history. The namesake for this trail is an historic railroad water tank from the steam era, perched at nearly 11,000 feet, called Bakers Tank.
Getting to Bakers Tank involves a grueling and steady climb uphill for several miles until you reach Boreas Pass Road. Alternately, you can turn this out-and-back ride into a loop by riding from the parking lot on Boreas Pass Road and connecting with the top of the Bakers Tank Trail. The road is a popular four-wheel drive destination in the summer, and it ramps up even more in the fall when the aspens turn. If you decide to ride it at that time, you might end up with a mouthful of dust for about 4 miles.
The trail is a wide path with a mixture of rocks and roots to slow your pace as you grind your way to the top. But the payoff is lovely views of the surrounding mountains and the historical markers on the road. Baker's Tank is over 150 years old and maintained by Summit County, and it is a popular stop for motoring tourists as well as bikers and hikers.
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