Summit County Bike Trails: Barney Ford-Juniata Loop |

Summit County Bike Trails: Barney Ford-Juniata Loop

Weekender staff report
Riders charge down the final mile of singletrack on Barney Ford above Carter Park in Breckenridge during the Firecracker 50 race. The trail is popular with downhill riders for whip-fast straightaways and flowy turns, but the multi-use, multi-directional nature can make it dangerous.
Sebastian Foltz / Summit Daily file photo |

Throughout the summer, Explore Summit Weekender will run mountain bike and recpath trail guides from our annual Explore Summit County Bike Guide. The rides will be a mix of dirt trails, singletrack and paved roads from across Summit County.

With immediate access from downtown Breckenridge, the Barney Ford-Juniata loop climbs from Carter Park up to Sallie Barber Road then descends on a fun section of singletrack back to town. A number of popular Breckenridge mountain bike races end on this section of trail. It makes a great quick ride out of town.

Know Before You Go:

The Barney Ford and Juniata trails are mostly located on easements across private property. Please stay on the designated trails to avoid trespassing.


Parking is available at Carter Park. Heading south on Main Street, make a left onto East Adams Avenue. Follow the street a few blocks then take a right onto South High Street — it’s a T-intersection. Follow High Street till it dead-ends in the Carter Park parking lot.


Turn left at the parking lot and access a singletrack trailhead there. Continue uphill then bear left for a steep, switchback climb up an old ski trail. The trail ends at the Hermit Placer Trail. Turn left, then take an immediate right onto the Moonstone Trail. This trail switchbacks through the trees and ends at County Road 503. Cross the road and enter the singletrack Barney Ford Trail. Much of the Barney Ford Trail is located on trail easements across private property, so please follow the trail signs and stay on the trail to avoid trespassing. The trail climbs for almost 1.5 miles until it reaches Sallie Barber Road. Turn right on Sallie Barber Road until it ends at Baldy Road. Turn right on Baldy Road, then take an immediate left onto the Juniata Trail. This trail is also located on easements across private property; please stick to the trail. Follow the Juniata Trail to its terminus at the junction of Baldy and Boreas Pass roads. Turn right at the stop sign, then take an immediate right onto County Road 503. About 50 yards down on your left is the upper entrance to the Moonstone Trail. Descend as you came.

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