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Breckenridge, Colorado

Breckenridge, CO

    The Town of Breckenridge is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Summit County, Colorado, United States. The town population was 5,078 at the 202…
    The Town of Breckenridge is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Summit County, Colorado, United States. The town population was 5,078 at the 2020 United States Census. Breckenridge is the principal town of the Breckenridge, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area. The town also has many part-time residents, as many people have vacation homes in the area. The town is located at the base of the Tenmile Range.


    Hike Baker's Tank Loop
    This is a great loop for hikers or mountain bikers. In fall, part of the loop is one of the top spots in Colorado to see golden aspens. Baker's Tank is a historic tank that was used in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Steam locomotives would take on water to help them make it through the mountain curves and steep grades.When the aspens are sporting their golden hues of autumn, Baker's Tank Loop is a perfect fall hike. The trailhead is about ten minutes from downtown Breckenridge. For part of the hike, you may have the world to yourself. But, for the road portion, you'll likely have to share with the leaf peeping crowds. Go early to maximize your solo time.The six mile loop begins at the Boreas Pass Lot at an elevation of 10,385'. The trail winds up the hill through a deep forest. It does offer several spots for great views of the Tenmile Range and Quandary Peak.Three miles into the hike, you come out of the woods at Baker's Tank on Boreas Pass Road. This high point on the hike sits at 11,030'. Steam locomotives, designed for the tight mountain curves and extreme grades, would take on water at the tank. The tank served the Denver, South Park and Pacific Narrow Gauge Railroads and later the Colorado and Southern Railroads. From Como to Leadville, there was 43.83 miles of track and 435 curves. The longest stretch of straight track was only 1.6 miles. Construction on the line began on October 2, 1880 and was completed on February 5, 1884. It was abandoned on April 10, 1937. Summit County restored the tank in 1958.There is a small stream close to the tank that offers a little shade and tranquility.For the second half of the hike, you hike back down Boreas Pass Road. The views of the 10 mile Range and Breckenridge are spectacular any time of year, but especially in fall.Boreas Pass Road is one of the prime spots in the state to enjoy the splendor of golden aspens in the fall.
    A Grueling and Steady Climb
    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. Join the effort to protect these places Conservation Colorado has worked with communities around the state for over 50 years in pursuit of its mission - to protect Colorado’s environment and quality of life by mobilizing people and electing conservation-minded policymakers. It fights to protect the air, land, water, and people of Colorado. Their collaborative approach and focus on electing pro-conservation officials has yielded successes in addressing climate change, supporting clean energy development, conserving water resources, and protecting our public wildlands and rivers.


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