Barney Ford Trail

Silverthorne, Colorado 80497

Barney Ford Trail

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"Walk from Breckenridge to Ford Gulch on this moderately strenuous out-and-back to a mining district with extra historical significance. This is a “civilized” hike on trails that cut through the neighborhood above Breckenridge.

Barney Ford was born into slavery, his mother a slave, his father a plantation owner. At age 25 he was slaving on a riverboat crew and managed to escape to Chicago, where he met his wife, Julia. Ford came to Breckenridge by way of Nicaragua, strangely enough. He and Julia had embarked for California via ship, but got sidetracked in Central America, setting up a hotel there. When Nicaragua passed a pro-slavery law and the Fords’ hotel was bombed, collateral damage in the local political violence, the couple went back to the United States."

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Hiking Colorado's Summit County Area (Falcon Guides)
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"This hike actually follows three trails: Carter Park, Moonstone, and Barney Ford. The majority of the hike is on the Barney Ford Trail, which was built along old mining trails and ditches past mine ruins and plenty of glory holes. Except for the first grunt uphill on the Carter Park Trail, the hike through coniferous forest is fairly gentle. You can hike this trail as an out-and-back, point-to-point, or bus shuttle. The Barney Ford story is a fascinating account of a slave who believed he would become free and rich. His dreams turned to reality as he became a prominent Colorado citizen."

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Hiked while on vaca from Nebraska. Nice hike for the flat landers. Easy to fallow paths and signage. Good hike for kids and animals. Watch out for bike traffic.
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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
2-3 hours
Town of Breckenridge, 150 Ski Hill Rd., Breckenridge, CO 80424; (970) 5473155;
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