Dale Ball Trail North - Loop 1

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  3.5 from 4 votes
blue  Intermediate from 2 votes
Rank: #2 in the Dale Ball Trails area
#47 in NM, #2,036 Overall
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Jun 28 Green - Dry
Featured Ride in the area near Santa Fe,
“Nice little Workout Loop”
Jared Hagerman on Jun 1, 2013
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3.55.6 milesKilometers 574’175 m Ascent 7,841’2,390 m High 6% Avg Grade (4°)
90% Singletrack -572’-174 m Descent 7,574’2,309 m Low 15% Max Grade (9°)
Fun little loop, gets a little narrow in places (really, watch that tree in the picture) and is mostly hard pack. There are a few spots where its gets kinda "chunky" on hard pack and a few short spots where it turns to Talcum powder/Pea-gravel over hard pack (not so nice...). Those spots tend to keep you on your toes though, so its all good!
A nice climb at the beginning gets the lungs and legs working, but some of the switchbacks are kinda tight though. There's a nice little overview of the city at the top of the climb, so its worth stopping and checking out. From here there's a touch more climbing to do (shallow grade), but once you reach Junction 5, it's a nice bit of flow till you reach the Sierra Del Norte Road Crossing.

Another bit of climbing up to Junction 3, nothing major though nice and easy (switchbacks have a good radius). You climb a bit more after Junction 3, but its nothing like the First Climb or the Climb up to 3, and after that it's just a fun time to be had back to the parking lot.
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4.5 (2)
A good up and down. A little bit of road to connect to the Big Tesuque.
near Santa Fe, NM
4.0 (1)
A good little out and back. Trail comes to a end due to damage from a fire y...
near Santa Fe, NM
3.9 (14)
A Santa Fe classic with lots of rocky technical pieces and smooth fast single...
near Santa Fe, NM

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PHOTOS of Dale Ball Trail North - Loop 1
  3.3 from 3 votes
Great views across north side of Santa Fe and the Jemez Mountains to the... (Santa Fe, NM)
  2.8 from 4 votes
Top of the First Climb (Santa Fe, NM)
  2.3 from 3 votes
Watch the root! (Santa Fe, NM)
  2.3 from 3 votes
Continue past parking Corral (Santa Fe, NM)
  2.3 from 4 votes
Trail Begins Again (Santa Fe, NM)
  2.3 from 4 votes
If you See this Sign Before Sign 7... You took the Short Climb up.. (Santa Fe, NM)
  2.3 from 4 votes
Kinda Narrow through there... and that tree likes to grab ya. (Santa Fe, NM)