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Dale Ball Trail North - Loop 1

Consensus:    (details)
 3.7 from 3 votes
  Intermediate from 1 vote
Rank: #6 in the Santa Fe area
#21 in New Mexico
#1,065 Overall
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Featured Ride near Santa Fe,  area, 
“Nice little Workout Loop”
Jared Hagerman on Jun 1, 2013
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3.76.0 milesKilometers 794’242 m Ascent 7,842’2,390 m High 5.8% Avg Grade
90% Singletrack -792’-242 m Descent 7,568’2,307 m Low 11.9% Max Grade
Overview
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!
Description
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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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)
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