Dale Ball Trails
Dale Ball Trails
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Brian D
Asheville, NC1,826 contributions
Aug 2022
We really enjoyed exploring the Dale Ball Trails. We went early in the morning so it was not too hot. If you go later in the day make sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen. It can get really hot.
Written August 16, 2022
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montanapescado
Albuquerque, NM962 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
There are actually three groups of Dale Ball Trails (North, Central, and South). In general, they get more challenging from North to South. Central has the most exposed areas, so North is a better option on sunny days, where gou get a little more shade. All trails make for good hikes or mountain bike rides. Trails are generally well marked. The area is pretty but not spectacular. On many trails you remain within earshot of the road or in view of adjacent residential areas.
Written July 16, 2022
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Zoom_Gotti
Henderson, NV1,404 contributions
Aug 2022
System of mountain trails both north and south in Santa Fe. Hyde Park Road would be the main access for the north section, then Sierra Del Norte. Parking is available at the trailhead. Best access with parking for south sector would be at St. John's College. Hikes range from dog walks to steep climbs. Many of the trails interconnect with one another. this time I did the north section on about a two mile loop, parking to parking. Nice views and not too taxing. You could come here every day for two weeks or more and do a different hike each time.
Written August 30, 2022
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zombienic
Minnesota1,231 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
We walked on a couple of the trails here. Somehow we got turned around and ended up on a trail that was closed so had to turn around and head back. There were no signs at the start of the trail saying that it just ends abruptly. A lot of reviews state that the trails are well-marked but not the ones we were on! We ended up on another trail that ended up on the road so we had to duck under a fence to get back to the trail. I'm sure if you head up the mountain the trails are probably better but we were on the side with dirt. Trails were interesting tho and lots if levels. The highlight was a very good doggo who was with his owner who was running ahead of him. I took a picture, if this is your dog he was very well behaved and made us smile! Parking was very tight, we had to park sideways as all the spots were taken and it was a bit hairy getting out but we managed!
Written April 2, 2021
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Samhp77
Phoenix, AZ148 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Conveniently located just outside of the city near canyon road. I really enjoyed the challenge of biking on these trails. If you are from lower elevations like me just be aware that the air can be thinner and you become short of breath sooner than you think like I did. I would rate these trails highly for hiking and biking (more for those with at least an intermediate skill level). Great views of the National Forest.
Written July 12, 2020
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Lisa440
Cleveland, OH101 contributions
Oct 2014 • Couples
This is a great place to start hiking to acclimate to the higher altitudes in New Mexico.
We hiked up to Picacho Peak (before doing Atalaya). This is a moderate trail with lots of switch backs. The views of Sante Fe are awesome at the top. We went in the morning so it was not crowded but there are quite a few trails to choose from so it probably would not matter what time of day you go. Take plenty of water and enjoy!!
Written October 20, 2014
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MnVan
Saint Anthony, MN99 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
These hikes are five or ten minutes from downtown/Old Town Santa Fe, so you have lots of company, and most of the views are of the city below. Yet the hike we took - 4-5 miles - felt almost remote in spots and offered a great desert experience. The trails themselves can be a workout (a good thing). The people we met were pleasant, as were the dogs. The mountain bikers we met were very courteous. Perhaps there is an advantage to being around 70 on a trail, or were the people just nice to everyone? No way to know.
Many people on the hiking sites point out that driving another 15 minutes to Santa Fe Ski Mountain gets you into the more remote and amazing vistas of the Sangre de Christos, but those hikes looked too long for the time we had.
Written September 23, 2018
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MaryEllenM27
Kalispell, MT17,242 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
This is a popular hike or run...and actually one of the only Santa Fe hikes that is near to town on the far east edge. Its busy...most of the time, but there are a lot of free-running dogs and owners who do not clean up after them. Views are average and the area scrubby & dusty. We often consider a good long hike along the paved streets and neighborhoods to be more rewarding and interesting. Better hikes are outside of town...Tent Rocks, Bandelier National Monument, Pecos Ruins. Those are worth the drive if you have time. Otherwise...Dale Ball Trails it is.
Written December 17, 2017
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Huhwhatduh
Fort Walton Beach, FL81 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
We are currently living in the FL Panhandle, and hiking at 9000 feet can be a daunting experience with very little preparation. Be a bit wary of your capability, as it can be hard to gather enough molecules of oxygen at this altitude to handle big ascents.
The trailhead was in a well-marked parking area (Get there early... the parking lot is big, but may fill up). We hiked in December, a very warm one, according to everyone. We had a single fleece and base layer, and were warm enough with the exertion to be very comfortable
There is no water on the routes (after the small stream at the start). Bring the appropriate amount of water that you would need. We used poles to stay steady. There are sections with roots, and a small amount of scree.
We climbed Picacho Peak, and had a wonderful view at the summit. All Trails has these trails marked out and there is good cell service to follow you on the trail.
The trailhead is just a few miles out of the center of town...we were parked at the trailhead within 10 minutes of leaving the hotel.
Enjoy!
Written December 22, 2017
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Steve F
Bellevue, WA1,035 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
We had a nice walk here as an alternative to the gallery strolling in town. There is an extensive network of trails (tip: take a photo of the map at the trailhead). The vegetation was pretty even in November.
Written November 24, 2019
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