8 miles
Distance
986 ft
Climb
-988 ft
Descent
1 miles
High Point

Got an hour lunch and need to get in some singletrack? This loop is easily accessible from downtown Santa Fe and provides a great option for riders looking to explore the Dale Ball trails.

Starting at the Water History Park, this loop climbs Upper Canyon Road and connects to Dale Ball Central via the gate just across the river, which starts with a quite steep, albeit short climb.

You'll meander your way up the mix of rocks, smooth, ledges and head northbound for a few miles, dipping and diving between trees. There is just enough technical to keep things interesting.

After 3 larger climbs, the trail descends near Hyde Park road and turns back towards town, crossing first a driveway, then across Cerros Colorados road. Continue through the swooping turns until a small final climb with views towards downtown.

Here you'll hoot and holler your way down 'the luge'--please be careful, this is popular with hikers--and pop out onto Cerro Gordo road. Pedal down Cerro Gordo, either using the social cut through or hooking up with Gonzales Road and pedalling back up using Alameda to Canyon rd.

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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
    5
More Stats for Dale Ball Outer mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    7,126 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,165 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,165 ft
  • Grade
    -0%
  • Grade max
    -25%
  • Grade min
    40.4%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,836 ft
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      Dale Ball #13 - #14
      Sep 5, 2020 @ 7:09pm
      Sep 5, 2020
      Pretty good conditions a little dry though
      Dale Ball #12 - #18
      Aug 13, 2020 @ 6:50pm
      Aug 13, 2020
      Dale Ball #12 - #13
      Jul 1, 2020 @ 3:43pm
      Jul 1, 2020
      Dale Ball #18 - #20
      Jul 1, 2020 @ 3:43pm
      Jul 1, 2020
      Dale Ball #20 - #24
      Jul 1, 2020 @ 3:43pm
      Jul 1, 2020
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