Boreas Pass to the historic Bakers Tank has deep snow-lined trails and snow-covered peak views beyond imagination. Closed to traffic in the winter months, it’s one of Colorado’s best winter adventures.

Trail Stats and Map Located at the Bottom

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We intended to hike Bakers Tank Loop but found the trail deep in the snow without previous tracks, so we opted for an out-and-back to Bakers Tank on Boreas Pass.

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Boreas Pass is known for snowshoeing and XC skiing, leaving the road snow-packed so that it becomes easy to hike on with just microspikes.

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The views begin immediately, leaving you breathless. It’s gorgeous as we hike through abundant Aspen groves; the views follow you the entire hike to Bakers Tank. 

Note: The trail is snow-packed by previous XC skiers and hikers, so in most cases, only > Microspikes are needed. Want snowshoes? These are my favorites > Tubbs Women’s Wilderness.

The entire trek has mind-boggling views and sparkling snow-laden fields and pines. Our day is chilly, yet it’s perfect without winds, and we enjoy the warmth of sunshine.

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The snow becomes choppy and less traveled as we near Bakers Tank. Untouched, deep snow lined everything. It’s stunning.

Bakers Tank is a historic tank that was used in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Steam locomotives used it to take on water while trying to make it through the mountains and tackle steep grades.

This is one of our most spectacular winter hikes this season. I highly recommend it for all skill levels who are acclimated to high altitudes. A gentile incline to Bakers Tank and easy downhill on the way back. Keep in mind that hiking on snow can require a bit more energy. 

Keep hydrated at high altitudes, which can be hard to remember in winter. We make this mistake often when not hot, but it is essential for overall stamina and health. 

Check the forecast for the area you plan to hike. If it looks bad, don’t go! However, if it looks nice, ALWAYS check for avalanche warnings. They can happen in nice weather, too. 

In Colorado: >>> Colorado Avalanche Information Center

 

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TIDBITS:

Trail #40

Rated: easy to moderate

Approx: 5.5 miles out and back

Start Elevation: 10,385 ft

Open to dogs, horses, and mountain bikes

In winter, open to snowshoeing, XC skiing

Nearest Town: Breckenridge

Information: Dillon Ranger District 970-468-5400

Boreas Pass

LOCATED: From I-70, Exit Frisco. Drive to Breckenridge on Hwy 9 to the last stoplight in town, turn left, and go 3.5 miles up Boreas Pass to the trailhead. (where the road is closed for winter). From Hwy 285, Turn at the light in the town of Fairplay and travel on Hwy 9 (Hoosier Pass) to Breckenridge. Turn at the first stoplight (Boreas Pass Rd) and travel 3.5 miles to the trailhead. 

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