Carter Park to Moonstone to Barney Ford Trail

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Carter Park to Moonstone to Barney Ford Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Breckenridge, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length4.2 miElevation gain823 ftRoute typeOut & back
dog friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingrunningForestViewsWildflowersWildlife
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Colin Potts
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HikingGreat!IcySnow

It went through a lot more of a residential area than expected but still a good hike. Trails easy to follow in the snow. Crampons helped tremendously on the hills.

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Duane Ladewig
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Joe Casanova
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Great!

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Michael Smith
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Did this on 11/24, the day of a snowstorm. I chose the southern portion of the loop which included road-hiking first, then took the more scenic forest path to the north for the return. Due to heavy snowfall of moderate depth, taking that direction was likely more efficient. The snow was pretty deep on the eastern portion of trail and I might have been better off with snowshoes rather than the spikes I used. Decent town/forest hike. I did not meet anyone else on the trail.

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Vivian Byrd
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HikingIcy

Mix of ice, snow and dirt but was manageable and gorgeous views!

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karen schilit
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A bit icy and muddy. But beautiful trail

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Jessica Hann
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HikingGreat!Snow

Hiked this trail after a snowfall and the trees were perfectly flocked and the whole hike was beautiful covered in fluffy snow. We did it with our two dogs on our first trip to Colorado and it was a great little work out without being hard.

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Raghav Chadha
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A bit muddy, bit slushy, bit snowy, bit icy. But overall great conditions. Mostly soft and packed snow. Great weather with the sun out. Not very crowded (people or bikes).

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Kris Athey
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Chris D
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Molly Farrell
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Andrea Wu
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Good afternoon stroll through the trees. Not strenuous at all after the initial ascent, and shaded most of the way. Lots of bikers so watch out, but a good walk!

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Ann Gilardino
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I was able to hike this the day after a snowfall with my dog, Rocco. We did the obligatory stop at the dog park and then we were off. If you've paid attention to the topography, the first .5 mile is a fairly decent incline. There are a lot of steps you can take instead of following the bike switchbacks...that's a quad workout!! The trail evens out and then another decent incline near the end. I was fortunate because for the 4+ miles I didnt run into a single bike. the fresh snow and ice, was a deterrent for them. I had my poles, but wished I had my mini spikes, especially since most of the trail is in the trees. The trail was well marked and I used the Alltrails app to make it more of a loop. Great views of the mountain range. The downside to this hike...the road is almost always within hearing distance and it crosses the road in a few spots. Also, you are walking by a number of million dollar homes on the trail, and there was construction of a home near the top (Alltrails ends and turns around, but you can keep going and it meets back up to make a lollipop loop trail.

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Leon Corbeille
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The trail is more for mountain biking, but still good for an easy hike

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Juan Macias
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Easy trail with a well worth view of the mountains

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Marshall Chernin
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TOO MANY BICYCLES!!

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Eric Reyes
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HikingGreat!

Trail was well marked. This app helped enjoy the trail just to double check where we were at. Beautiful views of Breckenridge.

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McKenna Johnston
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Was great and pretty easy

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Lori Halverson
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Adrian Johnson
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Nice easy stroll after a light snow!

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Lee Mackinnon
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Christine D
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Great moderate trail overall. A bit challenging at the beginning...took the stone steps.

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Jean Fichter
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Nice hike. Accurately described. Steps to start. Some bikers- most polite. Right after you cross the road about 1/4 up the trail, take a hard left on Barney Ford if you’re hiking. Bikers go more straight. We didn’t see that sign and ended up walking up the very ‘wavy’ bike trail. On the way down, the sign was clearly marked and it was a much more pleasant path. Took 2.5 hours for 60ish couple to do the whole thing.

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Polly Sloan
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Beautiful, easily accessible from town trail. We hiked on a Monday morning. Saw 4 other hikers and approximately 10 mountain bikers. You do need to be aware of mountain bikers as most of the trails in this area are specifically for bikers. Peaceful single dirt trail through heavily wooded forest. Not a difficult incline at all. A couple open meadows along the way. Really nice trail!

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Justin User
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Beautiful hike.

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Norma Johnson
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Sweet & moderate trail for a refreshing hike thru some beautiful landscape. I headed out on a rainy day so mountain bikers were at a very minimum, mostly just me, a runner, a few hikers and a couple of cyclists. It got muddy but all still very doable in my lightweight hiking/walking shoes. The folks at the lodge where I stayed, told me there was a trail nearby and gave me directions. As a black person, I was particularly intrigued to find myself on this trail because it's named after the renown black entrepreneur and civil rights activist, Barney Ford. If you don't know about Mr. Ford, doing just a little research will provide a great story of a great man that helped to develop Colorado. He even has a stained-glass portrait in the House Chamber of the Colorado State Capitol. Enjoy the trail!

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