Dale Ball South - TRAIL

Dale Ball South - Trail, Santa Fe, Mexico

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.

User Reviews (5)

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Skelldify   Cross Country Rider [Jul 11, 2013]

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!

Similar Products Used: Windsor Trail
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2
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5
blainefree   Cross Country Rider [Sep 07, 2009]

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)

Customer Service

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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4
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4
XRAYO   Cross Country Rider [Aug 17, 2005]

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.

Customer Service

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

Similar Products Used: Dale Ball Central and Dale Ball North.
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4
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4
phlbbbbbbbbbbt   Weekend Warrior [Aug 13, 2003]

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.

Customer Service

start at St. Johns and cut over near the powerline

Similar Products Used: Atalaya, Glorieta, Chamisa, Borrego
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5
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5
Peter   [Aug 02, 2002]

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.

Customer Service

Explore all the spurs.

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3
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