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Dale Ball Outer Limits

 27 votes


9.7 Miles 15.7 Kilometers




1,303' 397 m


-1,302' -397 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (10°)

7,767' 2,367 m


7,303' 2,226 m




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A Santa Fe classic with lots of rocky technical pieces and smooth fast singletrack.

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This ride incorporates the two most bikeable sections of the Dale Ball trail system: Dale Ball North Loop and Dale Ball Central Loop. All the trails in these sections are good mtb trails. DB North has more fast trails with fewer technical rocky sections. It is also favored by hikers and dog walkers. The DB Central has a higher concentration of fun technical rocky sections.
Dogs: Leashed


This trail is great fun in either direction. You can begin the loop at any point where the trail intersects a road, but this description begins on Cerro Gordo Rd at the arroyo at the sharp turn in the road. Another starting point is .4 miles east near a larger parking area.

The trail heads north in and out of the arroyo for .7 mi to Junction 20 where you turn left. After .1 mi, you'll come to a climbing left turn that is the hardest technical feature of the whole ride. It's really just one big step, but it's somewhere between tough and impossible.

Continue straight past Junction 19 another .45 mi to Junction 11 where you'll turn left. This turn and marker are obstructed by trees so they're easy to zip by.

It's downhill to the steep-banked arroyo paralleling Hyde Park Rd. Coss the arroyo and the paved road and start climbing.

The switchbacks provide most of the technical challenges on this climb with the toughest coming after .2 mi.

Continue straight past Junction 10, and stay left at Junction 5 and begin descending. The section between these 2 junctions have great views. It's a .7 mi descent to Sierra del Norte Rd.

Cross the road and begin climbing. Stay straight at Junction 3. After .8 mi, a new (2012) trail without a Junction sign splits off to the left. Stay straight/right at this intersection.

Continue .7 mi to Junction 2 where you'll go left.

As you near the Corral parking lot, stay straight on the trail that takes you around the lot to the left. At the far end of the lot, the trail is next to the split rail fence. Don't enter the lot, but take the lightly used trail to the intersection of Sierra del Norte and Hyde Park Rd.

Cross Hyde Park Rd into Cerros Colorados subdivision. Just past the subdivision sign take the trail to the left. The trail will parallel Hyde Park Rd for .3 mi, crossing one paved driveway before turning to climb.

The climb is .5 mi with a few short descents mixed in. The last part of the climb turns through 6 switchbacks that will have you wondering when you'll get to the top!

From there, the trail descends and climbs out of 2 major drainages before the final descent to Cerro Gordo Rd. Lots of fun technical rock puzzles along the way.

Turn left at Junction 14, and make a hard left at Junction 15. Get ready for technical rocky steps down to the arroyo and a quick climb out.

Stay left at Junction 16, and again at Junction 22.

Continue straight at Junction 23 and begin a steep-ish descent through cobbly rock. Bikes have smoothed a path through most of the cobble so it rides well.

Make a sharp left at Junction 25.

Start downhill at Junction 26. This can be a fast descent, but be aware that there is a locked gate across the bottom of the hill. There is a narrow opening to the right of the gate to access Cerro Gordo Rd.

Turn right on the pavement, and ride .4 miles to the start of the ride.


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Nov 11, 2017
Logan Mikus
Lots of rewarding downhills, lots of loose rocks on the trail which is probably normal around here. Really challenging obstacles on the climbs. 9.7mi
Oct 22, 2017
Manny Rodrigues
Oct 17, 2017
Matt Rettmer
Trail was a blast. Ride it clockwise or you won't like it as much. 9.7mi
Oct 12, 2017
Andrew Bivins
Sep 4, 2017
CIndy Gerk
Best trail markings/maps! Great trails. Sweet downhill with switchbacks.
Sep 3, 2017
Hunter Ruth
Nice flowing challenging singletrack. Cactus pink rock awesome views! 8mi
Jul 10, 2017
Blake Kahlich
Jul 10, 2017
Michael Gibson

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A majority of folks ride this loop in the opposite direction than recommended. The " normal" loop is to climb through the gate by the Canyon rd parking lot and exit on Cerro Gordo. It is harder ( the first saddle is known locally as "Puke Hill"), but it allows the hard climbing to be done while fresh. Further, the descent as recommended spends a lot of altitude on a utility road. Sep 21, 2014

Rode this trail in both directions. The clockwise direction is a much tougher uphill climb. The trail is not technical with a few exceptions in some steep tight uphill/downhill switchback turns and some dry loose rock on downhill going counterclockwise direction. Fun trail with great view of Santa Fe at the top of the climb. Extremely well marked and don't need a map on hand to ride. Jun 29, 2016
Visited Sante Fe, rode here two days in a row! All the trails are great, get to any of the parking areas and hop on this phenomenally signed trail's so simple to find your way around and the riding is so fun. Jul 30, 2017

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