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Bike Trail Report

Trails open.  Great week of riding. Deck is mostly tacky and riding great. Windy conditions bringing leaves down but still nice riding.  Entire Twin Lakes singletrack cleared the past few days. The east side or main loop has layer of leaves but still riding very nice. Good sight lines in the woods with most leaves down from the trees but still some great pockets of fall color including the tamarack trees in the ponds and sloughs.

Trails will be closed after sunset on October 28th.  Trails will open again around Thanksgiving for the fat bike season.

Click here for trail map.

The mountain bike trails are open outside of rain/wet conditions.  The “nature” of the mountain bike trails at Maplelag allow for quick drying and rideable conditions 6-12 hours after any precip. The trails can be described as classic, old school singletrack. Some sections are very technical with roots and rocks and a great test of skills! The Twin Lakes loop is recommended first for first time visitors to Maplelag with mountain bike experience and for first time or beginner riders, the Citizen loop is recommended.

Season pass is $10. Park in far parking lot, click in and enjoy! Maplelag maintains, builds, manages and funds the trails privately with no outside assistance (grants etc.)  but we are happy to share the trail. We appreciate season pass purchases to keep the trails maintained and build new for others to enjoy.

Click here for trail map. Trail starts just past the flag pole, head towards skaters waltz ski trail for access to both the beginner loop (Citizen/TT) and advanced loop (sport/comp/expert). Singletrack sections can be bypassed on the east side. Bike signs are red and there are also big white signs at key intersections. To access Twin Lakes loop, take either the east side or main loop and follow red signs or head down the driveway and look for orange cones just past the gate and red signs indicating the start of Twin Lakes singletrack.  Any questions on riding or conditions, email Jay at jrichard@arvig.net or text 218-849-7669. We typically will have the trails open sooner than expected after wet weather, feel free to contact us for more information.

Colorful local forest road, October 19th, 2018.
Area tamarack trees in peak color right now, October 19th, 2018.
Twin Lakes singletrack, October 19th, 2018.
Fresh cleared singletrack on Twin Lakes. October 18th, 2018. Entire loop cleared past two days.
Twin Lakes singletrack cleared of leaves. October 17th, 2018.
Island Lake trail, October 17th, 2018. Part of Twin Lakes loop.
Evening ride, Twin Lakes lakeside, October 16th, 2018.
Despite recent wet weather, riding has been good on the mountain bike course. October 14th, 2018.
Surreal riding conditions, October 12th, 2018.

Surreal riding conditions, October 12th, 2018.

Surreal riding conditions, October 12th, 2018.
Start of Twin Lakes singletrack after leaf/snow clearing. October 11th, 2018.
Singletrack scene, October 7th, 2018.
End of Twin Lakes singletrack, October 7th, 2018.

 

Singletrack after fresh clearing, October 6th, 2018.
Twin Lakes singletrack lakeside, October 5th, 2018. Trail bit damp from recent moisture but open for riding!
Singletrack after clearing, October 2nd, 2018. Leaves falling down continuously covering the surface but still great fall riding.
Chilly and damp day didn’t stop a great day of riding. September 29th, 2018.

Blowing out singletrack, September 30th, 2018. We will blow out most of the course again before this weekend.
Rolling through Twin Lakes singletrack, September 28th, 2019.
Beautiful fall color scene at end of Twin Lakes singletrack. September 28th, 2018.
Peder Arneson on Hudson’s Hula segment, September 28th, 2018.
Lakeside Twin Lakes singletrack. September 28th, 2018.
Fall riding September 22nd, 2018.
Fall riding September 22nd, 2018.
Jake and Ben Olson original lakeside singletrack,September 22nd, 2018.
Testing new trail near Bullhead Lake on Maplelag property, September 20th, 2018.
Testing new trail near Bullhead Lake on Maplelag property, September 20th, 2018.
Denny Barry helping out with trail work on new trail. September 19th, 2018. We hope to open the new trail yet this fall.
Testing new trail near Bullhead lake. September 19th, 2018.
Start of Roy’s Run and North Loup ski trails. September 19th, 2018.

Beautiful fall riding, September 18th, 2018.
Ski trail segment, September 16th, 2018.
Colorful singletrack, September 16th, 2018.
Scattered leaves on the bike trail, September 14th, 2018.
New singletrack segment, “North Star Extension” cleared out yesterday. New section has set up nicely over the summer and riding superb. September 14th, 2018.
Fantastic early fall riding continues. Twin Lakes lakeside, September 11th, 2018.
Fall grooming on Lucky’s Loype part of the bike trail, September 11th, 2018.
Fall scene on the bike course, September 9th, 2018.
Singletrack segment on bike course, September 9th, 2018.
Great forest riding on local trails this time of year, Sugar Creek rd. September 6th, 2018.
Sugarbush trail north of Maplelag, September 6th, 2018.

 

Forest road riding north and east of Maplelag. September 8th, 2018.
Early fall color as seen on Sukkerbusk ski trail which is part of the bike course. September 5th, 2018.
Steve Wenzel rounding a turn in the singletrack, Laddies Loppet September 1st, 2018. Steve the only rider to compete in every Laddies Loppet since 1990!
Great night for the Wednesday night time trial, August 29th, 2018.
Great fall like riding, August 28th, 2018.
Trail check later afternoon on Friday found tacky and firm conditions. The areas we tuned (as above) the past few weeks benefited greatly from the rain. August 24th, 2018.

Twin Lakes singletrack tuned and riding well. August 22nd, 2018.

Trail tuning at the start of Twin Lakes, August 20th, 2018.
Great riding on Sunday with cooler temps and light rain shower. Surface remains hardpacked and dry. August 19th, 2018.
Corey out for a long distance training ride. August 18th, 2018.
Section of Twin Lakes singletrack after trail tuning/buffing. White ribbon of hardened clay indicator of hard and fast conditions! August 16th, 2018.
Trail tuning. August 10th, 2018.
Great riding over the weekend, August 5th, 2018.

Great riding over the weekend, August 5th, 2018.

 

Singletrack tuning, August 7th, 2018.
NW Wolves high school cycling team practicing Thursday evening. August 2nd, 2018. (Ben Olson photos)

NW Wolves high school cycling team practicing Thursday evening. August 2nd, 2018.
Great conditions for evening ride, hours before downpour came through. July 31st, 2018.
Beautiful morning ride, July 28th, 2019.

Lush forest floor on the ski trail, July 28th, 2019.

Beautiful morning ride, July 28th, 2018.
Tuning berm on the singletrack, July 27th, 2018.

Blowing out a section of singletrack, July 27th, 2018.
Another beautiful evening ride. July 24th, 2018.

Another beautiful evening ride. July 24th, 2018.
Keith rolling Twin Lakes lakeside, July 21st, 2018.

Morning ride, July 21st, 2018.
Main loop Lakeside drops, July 17th, 2018.
Ski trail riding Kohlepp’s pond. July 17th, 2018.
Riders from Oregon visiting the area, out for ride. Great to see new faces on the trail. July 5th, 2018.
Beautiful evening and great conditions July 5th, 2018. Pat back on trail.
Twin Lakes rock garden. July 5th, 2018.
Jake rolling through rock garden on Twin Lakes singletrack, July 3rd, 2018.
Having fun on Hudson’s Hula segment, July 3rd, 2018

Pat Climbing Suicide Hill, July 1st, 2018.

Pat lakeside, July 1st, 2018.
Forest singletrack, July 1st, 2018.

Clearing deadfall off the trail, June 30th, 2018.
Rolling through Twin Lakes rock garden, June 30th, 2018.
Kieth rolling through Twin Lakes rock garden, June 30th, 2018.
Beautiful evening ride. June 26th, 2018.

Twin Lakes, June 26th, 2018.
Into the woods! June 26th, 2018.
Trail check late afternoon found hard and tacky conditions on majority of the trail. June 18th, 2018.
Singletrack segment east side, June 18th, 2018.
Rolling along lakeside, main loop. June 12th, 2018.
Keith Twin Lakes lakeside, June 12th, 2018.
Brushing/blowing out the bridge section, June 12th, 2018.
Ready to blow out the trail after brushing the sides. The main lakeside segments on both the main and western loops completed this week. June 7th, 2018.
Clearing deadfall from wind on Tuesday night, June 7th, 2018.

Keith out for midweek ride, May 30th, 2018.
Memorial day riding, May 28th, 2018.
Forest road riding north of Maplelag, May 28th, 2018.
Memorial day riding, May 28th, 2018. Deep woods feel in the forest!
Maplelag team members Matt and Steve out on the trail for a training ride Saturday morning. May 26th, 2018.
Denny Barry on course Saturday morning. May 26th, 2018.

Maplelag team members on course Saturday morning. May 26th, 2018.
Peder evening ride lakeside, May 23rd, 2018.
Steve rolling out of new singletrack segment, May 23rd, 2018.
Wayne lakeside Twin Lakes, May 23d, 2018.

 

Wednesday night group ride. Keep the wheels moving…the mosquitoes are out! May 23rd, 2018.
Keith rolling through Twin Lakes lakeside on a beautiful evening. May 22nd, 2018.

Start of singletrack lakeside, May 20th, 2018. The woods have filled out with deep lush green.
Peder Arneson rolling along lakeside on main loop. May 18th, 2018.

Peder rolling along Twin Lakes singletrack lakeside, May 18th, 2018.
Jake at start of new trail “North Star Extension”. May 18th, 2018.
Final berm, May 18th, 2018.
North Star segment, May 18th, 2018.

Bente’s Bump segment, May 18th, 2018.
Ski trail segment on bike course. May 17th, 2018.
Berm work on new trail. We completed enough tuning to have this new segment open. We will continue to fine tune but the more riders to ride in the better! May 14th, 2018.
Another great weekend of early season riding, May 13th, 2018.
Ideal riding Wednesday late afternoon, May 9th, 2018.
Fresh clearing on Hudson’s Hula segment, west side on Twin Lakes singletrack. May 8th, 2018.
Fresh clearing on Hudson’s Hula segment, west side on Twin Lakes singletrack. May 8th, 2018.
Fresh clearing on Hudson’s Hula segment, west side on Twin Lakes singletrack. May 8th, 2018.
Fresh clearing on Hudson’s Hula segment, west side on Twin Lakes singletrack. May 8th, 2018.
David J on trail, May 7th, 2018.

Ben O on trail, May 7th, 2018.
Ben on Lakeside drop, May 7th, 2018.
Weekend riding, May 6th, 2018.
Fresh cleared singletrack on the east side, May 6th, 2018.
Group of riders heading out to the trail, May 6th, 2018.
Twin Lakes lakeside, May 3rd, 2018.
New course tape! May 3rd, 2018.
Ski trail segment, May 3rd, 2018. Ski trail portions of course in great shape.

Checking out Twin Lakes singletrack, lakeside. April 25th, 2018. Most singletrack segments are dry and ready for riding but the ski trails need a few more days to dry out.
Clearing leaves from singletrack, April 23rd, 2018.
Cleared!
Moss growing on the side, April 23rd, 2018.
Singletrack drying out nicely, April 23rd, 2018. Weather permitting, we hope to open the trails by May 3rd weekend.
One last winter ride on the Twin Lakes singletrack, April 21st, 2018.

Trail Report

Beautiful end to the week after a cold start to October. We have been taking advantage of the nice weather this week, working on the trails and final trail prep before the winter.

One of the coldest and snowiest first halves of October on record. Another dusting of snow Tuesday night and temps down to the mid twenties.  Friday morning temps in the lower teens freezing the ponds and even some of the smaller lakes like Twin Lakes and Island Lake.  Around 2-3″ of snow Wednesday evening.  With cold temps on Thursday (mid 20’s) and enough fresh snow, we took the opportunity to groom a segment of the early season trails.  Snow has melted off and a more drier pattern looks to be in place with seasonable temps.

Out of the first 15 days of October there has been at least a trace of snow seven of those days and temps running 10-12 degrees below average. Total snowfall has been 4-6″. Despite the wet conditions, we have been able to be on the trails fine tuning before the snow flies for real. We have begun blowing/clearing leaves off the main trails preparing for low snow/early season skiing.

We have been on the trails almost every day mowing, clearing deadfall/brush and trail tuning. We will continue working on the trails right up until the snow flies!

Mountain bike trails open.  Click on the bike trail report for latest update and photos. Ski trails open for hiking/trail running. Contact us for available use. The trails are closed to horses and motorized traffic.

Tamarack trees in peak. October 18th, 2018.

Trail tuning on Sukkerbusk, October 18th, 2018.
Eagle view on Twin Lakes trail. October 17th, 2018.
Island Lake trail, October 17th, 2018.
Clearing leaves on Sukkebusk, October 17th, 2018.
Clearing deadfall, Sukkerbusk ski trail in the skinny field. October 17th, 2018.
Sukkerbusk ski trail cleared! October 17th, 2018.
View of Bulhead lake, morning sun highlighting tamarack trees on north end. October 15th, 2018.

 

Sukkerbusk ski trail, October 15th, 2018.
Suicide Hill, October 15th, 2018.
October 15th, 2018.
Despite recent wet weather, riding has been good on the mountain bike course. October 14th, 2018.
Twin Lakes ski trail, October 12th, 2018.
Great to see the sun and blue sky! Fall and winter scene. October 12th, 2018.
JibFly field, October 12th, 2018.
Sod Roof cabin, October 12th, 2018.
Island Lake frozen over completely, October 12th, 2018.
Navigating frozen waters, October 12th, 2018.
First grooming of the year, Suicide Hill October 11th, 2018.
Checking out the grooming! October 11th, 2018.
Autumn and winter scene. October 11th, 2018.
Dusting of wet snow as seen lakeside near Sod Roof cabin, October 10th, 2018.
Skaters Waltz ski trail, October 10th, 2018.
Lucky’s Loype ski trail, October 10th, 2018.
Sukkerbusk ski trail, October 8th, 2018.
Singletrack after fresh clearing, October 6th, 2018.
Wintry weather continues. Another light dusting of scattering lingering flurries! October 6th, 2018,
Fall/winter scene on Sukkerbusk! October 5th, 2018.
Skiing through the skinny field, October 5th, 2018.
Skinny field, October 5th, 2018.

 

Branches over on Rootin Tootin from wet snow. Should rebound completely after a day or two. October 5th, 2018.
Frosty scene at Twin Lakes crossing, October 4th, 2018.
Start of JibFly ski trail, October 4th, 2018.
Frost coating at the trail head, October 4th, 2018.
Great to see the sun today! Maplelag driveway, October 4th, 2018.

Sun filtering through the colorful maples on Twin Lakes, October 4th, 2018.
Clearing on Sukkerbusk, October 2nd, 2018.
One of the cabooses surrounded in fall color, October 2nd, 2018.
Toot and Toot bypass, October 2nd, 2018.
Skaters Waltz extension, October 2nd, 2018.
Mother North Star Ski trail, October 2nd, 2018.
Bullhead Lake, October 2nd, 2018.
Singletrack after clearing, October 2nd, 2018. Leaves falling down continuously covering the surface but still great fall riding.
Top of Suicide Hill, October 2nd, 2018.
Sukkerbusk ski trail, October 1st, 2018.
Fall scene near the Sod Roof cabin, September 26th, 2018.

 

Fall color along Maplelag driveway. September 27th, 2018.
Fall color along Maplelag driveway. September 27th, 2018.
Fall color along Maplelag driveway. September 27th, 2018.
Fall color along Maplelag driveway. September 27th, 2018.
Fall color scene in front of main lodge. September 27th, 2018.
Fall scene as seen through the dining room windows. September 25th, 2018.
Fall scene near Finish Log and Sava Sauna cabins, September 25th, 2018.
Fall grooming on Skaters Waltz, September 25th, 2018.
Fall grooming on Skaters Waltz, September 25th, 2018.
Fall color scene lakeside of main lodge, September 24th, 2018.
Twin Lakes ski trail, September 23rd, 2018.
Sunrise at Island Lake, September 22nd, 2018.
Fall colors along forest road north of Maplelag, September 22nd, 2018.
Fall colors as seen looking down Maplelag driveway, September 22nd, 2018.
Fall colors as seen looking down Maplelag driveway, September 22nd, 2018.
Skaters Waltz ski trail, September 22nd, 2018.
Start of Roy’s Run and North Loup ski trails. September 19th, 2018.
September sunset, September 19th, 2019.
Scattered leaves on the trails, September 14th, 2018.
Fall color in front of the lodge lakeside. September 14th, 2018.
Top of maple trees displaying fall color, September 12th, 2018.
Fall grooming on Sukkerbusk ski trail, leaves changing and falling already! September 11th, 2018.
Fall grooming on Lucky’s Loype, September 11th, 2018.
Fall color across from the Maplelag driveway near the start of North Loup ski trail. September 9th, 2018.
Touch of color on top of maples near Red Caboose. September 9th, 2018.
Early fall color as seen on Sukkerbusk ski trail, September 5th, 2018.
Suicide Hill after fresh mowing, August 13th, 2018.
Early signs of fall from poplar tree. August 13th, 2018.
Acorns starting to fall, August 13th, 2018.
Early fall color near the Brant cabin, August 13th, 2018.
Wood for the sauna! August 8th, 2018.
Singletrack tuning, August 7th, 2018.
Orange sulfur shelf fungi on side of trail. August 7th, 2018.
Hauling a deadfall birch out for sauna firewood. August 5th, 2018.

 

Clearing oak deadfall off Skaters Waltz, August 8th, 2018.
Lush green on the ski trail forest floor, July 28th, 2019.
Colorful ski after passing storm, July 23rd, 2018.
Awesome evening paddleboard under rising moon. July 25th, 2018.
Clearing deadfall off Lucky’s Loype ski trail. Typical summer of clearing. July 27th, 2018.
Variety of mushrooms popping up on the forest floor. July 28th, 2018.

Tuning berm on the singletrack, July 27th, 2018.
Another mowing on Suicide Hill. June 27th, 2018.
Summer sunset, June 19th, 2018.
Rootin Tootin ski trail after fresh mowing. We have been busy mowing the ski trails almost daily. June 19th, 2018.
Mowing on Sukkerbusk ski trail. We have been mowing daily on the trails when dry. June 13th, 2018.
Another great batch of pink slippers this year near Bullhead lake trail.  June 19th, 2018.

Beautiful summer sunset, June 12th, 2018.
Color in the woods! June 8th, 2018.

Trail run. June 8th, 2019.
Bumblebee on wild raspberry, June 8th, 2018.
Vibrant forest floor. June 8th, 2018.
Columbine flowers in bloom, June 3rd, 2018.
Beautiful evening on Little Sugarbush, May 30th, 2018.
Yellow slippers blooming in recent days, May 27th, 2018.
Sunset over Little Sugarbush, May 23rd, 2018.
Spring clouds, May 13th, 2018.
Peder rolling along Twin Lakes singletrack lakeside, May 18th, 2018. Great riding this spring.
Wild flowers on the forest floor. May 13th, 2018.
Marsh marigolds popping up in recent days. May 13th, 2018.
Spring sunset, May 12th, 2018.
Ski trails greening up and leaves starting to fill out on the trees. Sukkerbusk ski trail, May 11th, 2018.
Blood root flowers emerging from the forest floor. May 9th, 2018.
Turtles making a presence the past few days thanks to warmer temps. Snapping turtle crossing the road this afternoon, May 8th, 2018.
Sukkerbusk ski trail, May 3rd, 2018.
Pair of trumpeter swans on local slough. Many swans again this year and other species of waterfowl. April 27th, 2018.
Snow cleared on mossy segment of Skaters Waltz. April 25th, 2018.
Wild flowers popping up from the warm day on Monday, April 23rd, 2018.
Clearing leaves from singletrack, April 23rd, 2018.
Mountain bike singletrack drying out nicely after clearing, April 23rd, 2018. We hope to open the trails for mountain biking May 4th.
One last ski, April 21st, 2018.

One more ski on North Loup, April 20th, 2018.
Great early morning transition skiing on North Loup, April 19th, 2018.
Great early morning transition skiing on North Loup,April 19th, 2018.
Great early morning transition skiing on North Loup, April 19th, 2018.
Outside of one south facing area, most of North Loup still holding excellent coverage, morning April 19th, 2018.
Late afternoon ski on Sukkerbusk, April 18th, 2018.
Grooming on Skaters Waltz, early evening April 18th, 2018.
Grooming on North Loup, early evening April 18th, 2018.
Grooming on North Loup, early evening April 18th, 2018.
Late afternoon ski on Sukkerbusk, April 18th, 2018.

Fall Scene Winter Reservations

Tamarack trees in peak fall color. Only coniferous tree to lose its needles! October 18th, 2018.

Cool weather and first snowfalls of the year  has us excited for the fall and winter seasons. Thanks to everyone that has made and confirmed winter reservation. If you would like to make a reservation online, check availability, confirm open dates via e-mail To confirm reservations, Deposits can be done online through this website. Trail report and fall color photos on the trail report page.