Dale Ball North Loop

 5 votes

3.5 Miles 5.7 Kilometers


Singletrack

471' 144 m

Ascent

-447' -136 m

Descent

7,838' 2,389 m

High

7,579' 2,310 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

All Clear

23 days agoUpdate

A nice little workout loop.

Jared Hagerman

Overview

Dogs: Leashed

Description

The North Loop takes a counter-clockwise route from the parking lot, following trail junctions 9 to 1. It's a fun trail that 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" 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. 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, there'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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Jun 16, 2016
Tom Fraser
Dry and warm, Lots of stops and piddling around. Who knows when I'll pass this way again. Fun, nice trail system 3.9mi
Mar 28, 2015
Charles Reynolds

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Locals overwhelmingly ride this section right to left (counterclockwise). I ride the outer loop three to four times a week and seldom meet a local taking the north parking hill left to right. It's a lot more fun counterclockwise and you won't risk hitting a local. Sep 21, 2014


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