Dale Ball Outer Limits
Dale Ball Outer Limits is a must-try route in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
This one includes the two most popular parts of the Dale Bale trail system: Dale Ball North Loop and Dale Ball Central Loop. All are worth trying.
Dale Ball North has a lot of fast trails with a few technical rocky stretches. It also welcomes hikers and dog walkers. The Dale Bale Central are more challenging with fun technical rocky parts.
Dale Ball Outer Limits can be ridden in either direction.
The singletrack is full of rocky sections and smooth fast terrain.
Choose any starting point you find most convenient, which intersect with a road. Here you may begin on Cerro Gordo Road at the arroyo at the sharp bend in the road. Park at Cerro Gordo Trailhead nearby.
Food and drink
You can drop off the trail at Kachina Heights Drive near the intersection of Sierra Del Norte and Hyde Park Road, where you jump on the Road and ride to the Izanami Restaurant.
Otherwise, there is no eatery along the way, so make sure to bring enough water and food.
From the sharp bend where you start the ride, head north. You will come to a climbing left turn which is considered the hardest part of the entire trail. It’s just one big step, but it’s quite tough to handle. Keep going to past Junction 19, then Junction 11 and turn left.
Go downhill and cross an arroyo and the paved road, then start to climb. Switchbacks will appear from here. Stay straight, past Junction 10. Bear on left at Junction 5. Enjoy the view between two Junctions. You then drop down to Sierra del Norte Road. Cross the road, climb again, and keep straight at Junction 3.
Once you almost reach the Corral parking lot, stay straight and go 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 Road. Cross the road into Cerros Colorados subdivision. Past the subdivision sign, cross one paved driveway, and climb. The climb is mixed with some short descents and several switchbacks. The trail goes up and down out of two major drainages before the last drop to Cerro Gordo Road. Enjoy tons of fun technical rock puzzles on the way.
Turn left at Junction 14 and Junction 15. It will be a rocky down section to the arroyo. After going straight at Junction 23, you will ride a steep descent through cobbly rock. Head downhill fast and watch for the locked gate which is across the bottom of the hill. You will see a narrow opening to the right of the gate where it leads to Cerro Gordo Road.
Turn right on the pavement and roll back to the parking.
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