Hiking The Dale Ball Trail System
The 32nd most popular hiking trail in New Mexico.
Friday 20 October 2017 05:20 GMT
East of Santa Fe, the Dale Ball Trail system is a 20+ mile network of short interconnected hiking trails rolling over Sangre de Cristo foothills through dense pinon pine forest. The winding trails are mostly a packed dirt surface that can be rocky at times. They are neatly spaced between several housing developments built into the hills.
To reach the Upper Canyon Road Trailhead from Albuquerque, head north on US25 to the Old Pecos Trail Exit. Head north towards the city center. At Paseo de Peralta (there is a stoplight here) take a right. Go round the bend and take a right on East Alameda (the next light). Alameda Road will wind along for about a mile until it ends at a three-way stop. Take a left heading east on Upper Canyon Road for 1.3 miles. Turn left heading north on Cerro Gordo Road for 100 feet and turn right into the parking area. To reach the trails, head back out the parking area and turn right on Cerro Gordo Road. The first trail entrance is about 100 feet on the right. The second trail entrance is about 0.7 miles further up Cerro Gordo Road on the right heading up a wash. Generally, the trail entrances can be hard to find, but once in the trail system, the hiking routes are well marked with maps at each intersection.
To reach the Hyde Park Road trailhead from Santa Fe, head north on Washington Avenue for a half mile from the Santa Fe Plaza. Turn right onto Artist Road, which becomes SR475, for 2.6 miles. Turn left on Sierra Del Norte (across from Cerros Colorados) heading north for 100 feet to the parking area on the right. The southern section of trails starts across SR475 and is not well signed -- it crosses Cerros Colorados within the first 50 feet from SR475. The northern section of trails starts right from the parking lot and is signed.
Overall, Dale Ball Trail System is the 32nd most popular hiking trail of all 39 hikes in New Mexico. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Dale Ball Trail System including Cochiti Backcountry and Windsor Trail.