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Dale Ball South

Average Rating:    (3.6 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

Mostly a trail for hikers, but if you don't mind some hike-a-bike it is a good trail for mountain bikes as well.
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Latitude
35.685884118398896
Longitude
-105.89584350585937
Trail Directions
Upper Canyon Road, just past the Cerro Gordo trailhead. Take a right up a steep dirt road. There is a single track that take off to the left about 100 feet up the road. After that the trail is well marked, with maps at every junction.
Trail Length
5 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Santa Fe
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
July 11, 2013

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Skelldify ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I'd heard that this was the most technical of the Dale Ball areas, but I was pretty disappointed. Unless you consider very steep, very loose ups and downs to be tech. Ups were nearly impossible due to lack of traction, and downs were a skidfest. On the rare occasion that there was a technical obstacle, I was too gassed from climbing to surmount it. It felt like the entire trail was uphill!

Great for aerobic training though!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Windsor Trail



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Review Date
September 7, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: blainefree ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail has beautiful views of the Santa Fe valley. Like the other reviewers said, it is notably more difficult than the Dale Ball Central and North trails but if you start about a mile up the Camino Cruz Blanca Road from St Johns College you can connect the South-Central-North in a very fun and varied mountain biking experience. The South is steeper, looser, and more technical. It is also prettier and cooler due to the shade. There are a few hike-a-bike areas but 90% of the trail is rideable. It will get your heart rate up quite a bit more than the Central and North though. If you are up against time constraints, ride the Central and North sections as they provide more bang for the buck. When you have 2-3 hours to ride, ride all three (see the 'recommended route' section below)

Recommended Route:
Camino De La Cruz Blanca road about a mile past St Johns University. Ride up to Picacho (sp?) peak and then down to the Central Dale Ball trails and then up to the North. Loop it back to the car near St Johns for a off-the-hook riding experience.



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Review Date
August 17, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: XRAYO ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Rode this trail the first time today (8/17/2005). I got lost once or twice in the maze of the trail system but it was no big deal except, clearly, I started from the wrong direction (at Upper Canyon Road). The first 30 minutes were a combo of workout, pushing, and swearing. The trail monitors had just completed erosion control and there were dozens if not hundreds of those half buried green logs crossing the trail which direct water from the trail when it rains. They were slick and required great care when traversing. I'm not an expert yet I am an aggressive rider in my mid-40's. The first half of my ride was a true work-out and I learned a lot today. There are frequent switchbacks, hard climbs, rock stairs, and daring ledges to navigate. I almost ran over fresh bear scat at least three or four times. I meant to stop and take a couple photos of the trail but the ride was demanding enough that I just wanted to "get there" so I could turn around and descend.

Once I reached the higher elevations, the fun began. The descent was really a blast and fast. Use GREAT care. This is a very fun, difficult trail!

This trail is much more difficult that either the Dale Ball Central or North, IMHO.

Recommended Route:
Start from the other side from Upper Canyon Road, if possible.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Dale Ball Central and Dale Ball North.



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Review Date
August 13, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: phlbbbbbbbbbbt ,  Weekend Warrior , from Albuquerque, NM

Summary:
This has a very hard climb if you start from the north, but it is more fun if you start at St. John's and cut over from the Atalaya network. Expoect some seriously challenging climbs, and you might even have a hiker pass you in parts it is so steep.

It is super fun downhill and you earn every bit of it. If you are in good to great shape give it a whirl. This makes up for all of the flat and non-challengine stuiff on the other DB's.

Recommended Route:
start at St. Johns and cut over near the powerline

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Atalaya, Glorieta, Chamisa, Borrego



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Review Date
August 2, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Peter , from Santa Fe

Summary:
This section is decidedly more difficult than the rest of the Dale Ball system. The designers took existing trails and improved them and then added new construction to link them all. It's not done yet and the County government is stalling. Aside from all that, these trails are good thigh burners. You will develop climbing skills or you will walk. After the steep sections you will be rewarded with some nice sections of contour following single track. Slow the heart rate, enjoy the views and get ready for the next steep switch back. This trail is not for beginners.

Recommended Route:
Explore all the spurs.



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