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Dale Ball Central Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.8 (17)

This trail offers a bit of everything from climbing to techie sections.


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Map Key

5.8

Miles

9.4

KM

Singletrack

7,760' 2,365 m

High

7,305' 2,227 m

Low

735' 224 m

Up

750' 229 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Description

This six-mile loop features a nice bit of climbing and a tech descent during a clockwise loop. There are a few blind corners, so be wary of other trail users. Riders will encounter some trick switchback climbs and nice flowing descents. But when the trail is dry, there are several sections that can be pretty loose and gravel-like.

From the parking lot, there's a nice stretch of warm-up that last till entrance to the housing section. The first climb is broken up into two sections and the first bit isn't that tough. You'll get a bit of a reprieve and a little descent before the second part. The second climbing bit is a bit tougher, the trail narrows and a few of the switchbacks can be a bit vexing... no problem to ride down, but tougher to ride up.

Once you get to trail marker #14 the trail splits... and this loop follows the trail up for a bit more climbing. Nothing tough, though there is one little tech section that you'll have to climb through. You'll know you're there when you see it... watch the tree branch on the left side, it's tried to grab my handlebars more then once.

Once you reach marker #15 you'll reach the biggest "tech" section of the ride - again you'll know your there when you see it... it's a rack stair/step-down (personally, it's one of my favorite parts of the ride). Once past that, the trail settles into just a fun bit of riding, a couple more really short tech sections... nothing major though.

Once you reach marker #27, you'll be on the road for a bit, maybe 3/10ths of a mile at most. Once back on the trail it's a pretty easy spin back to the parking lot. If you'd like to add a more interesting climb consider climbing up Trail Junction 18-19 or tackling Trail Junction 20-12.

As a side note... I don't really consider this a black diamond trail, but the trail is pretty narrow, and I wouldn't really recommend you take a beginner/newbie on it, as there are parts where your bike handling does need to be on point.

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Shared By:

Jared Hagerman

Trail Ratings

  3.8 from 17 votes

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  3.8 from 17 votes
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#160

in New Mexico

#7,952

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Photos

Heading CCW on the Dale Ball Outer Limits.
Mar 29, 2018 near Santa Fe, NM
A fast, cobbly descent.
Nov 9, 2013 near Santa Fe, NM
Rocky steps into the arroyo.
Nov 9, 2013 near Santa Fe, NM
Sharp left at Junction 11
Nov 8, 2013 near Santa Fe, NM
Rock Stair/Stepdown  = FUN!
Aug 10, 2013 near Santa Fe, NM
Whew.  Top of the 6-Switchback climb.
Nov 9, 2013 near Santa Fe, NM

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Aug 20, 2021
Noah Gapsis
Jul 6, 2021
Chris Furlong
Partial (left side)
May 1, 2021
Jeff Curry
Mar 29, 2021
Haley Smallwood
Oct 25, 2019
MICHAEL KING
Dec 31, 2017
Kelsey Riddle
We did a little bit of a variation on this but did approx 6 miles of dell bale. Great scenery, but rocky! 6mi
Nov 12, 2017
Janine DiSalvatore
janine hurting so steve did all the spurs off the Central Loop while Janine stuck to Central loop. 5.8mi
Sep 5, 2017
Oscar P