Dale Ball Trails North is a 3.9 mile loop trail located near Santa Fe, NM and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round.
Great place! My dog & I loved it! Little nippy today but the sky was wont!
we took the Sierra del Norte trail head for the 3 mile loop and it was fantastic! terrain had slight inclines but totally manageable for even those with minimal fitness ability.
We hiked over 2 miles of this cool trail. Saw a lot of wildlife. Amazing views of the mountains! The air is laced with the smells of piñon and fir trees. Very close to the city so it's convenient. I didn't consider it too challenging however I am fairly active. You may find it a challenge if you aren't fit. My mum (65) and standard poodle (8) slowed down about halfway but enjoyed it. I'd love to go back for a run. I found it better than Chamisa Trail because even though it is windy, I didn't get vertigo or feel like I was in danger of falling if I took a wrong step. The trail is very well marked. You can plot your own course to go for a long or short hike.
Well marked trails close to town. Good views at the upper levels. Lots of sun exposure and can be hot in the summer. Good trail for exercise but nothing spectacular.
I mountain bike this trail by my self, there are lots of beautiful scenes and the trails are great. You will see people hiking and biking too!
It took me about 1.5 hours taking a few breaks. I recommend!
Nice climb. Not really sure if we stayed on this or ventured onto Picacho Peak trail at some point because we just kept going up rather than starting descent at one point, so our hike was an out & back, rather than a loop. But what we did follow of this trail had some beautiful hiking through the wooded foothills before starting to climb. Met some cool people out there (not crowded in anyway, just a few fellow hikers) with their dogs. Amazing views from up towards the top. A moderately easy, very enjoyable few hrs.
We hiked 2.5 miles of these trails after a light snow in January. 28 degrees. We were pleasantly surprised how easily we could track the single path trails. Never worried about wandering astray. Superb maps and markers along the way to confirm your whereabouts. And they have trail stewards who apparently keep the trails well groomed and identified. Quite lovely and supremely quiet in the fresh snow.
So this is a 2nd review on the same trail - I returned this am for a sunrise trail run. Mon. am early Nov - temp ~ 30 deg.
I really enjoyed the run. High desert meets pinon & juniper forest. This is a superb resource just outside of town. Would be 5star for mtn bikes and is equally enjoyable for trail runs. Feels wild and remote but there are homes here and there throughout the area.
Cool day with some patches of snow here and there. Nice trail - easy/moderate for what we did. Beautiful views a plenty!!
Good for mountain biking. Not as good for hiking, but ok if you're in a pinch.
This is a great little trail to take that is close to Santa Fe, and it only takes a couple of hours. Often, there are mountain bike vendors at the trailhead that will allow you to try out their goods on the trail.
Great little short track.
Awesome little trail not a lot of ice..
Great for trail running and hiking most of the year. Not much coverage/shade, so can get quite hot midday in the Summer. This section is just part of the 22-mile system you can access from this point.