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Bike Trail Report

Trails are open.  Mostly dry conditions with a few tacky areas where shaded. Cooler temps today after cold front moved through. No rain.

We have been fine tuning on the course the past few weeks  in preparation of the Laddies Loppet mountain bike race Labor day weekend.  The course is in great shape and riding very nice.

Last week we completed a new starter loop for the full Laddies Loppet loop which will be used in the Expert race but is open for riding to all classes/riders the remainder of the season for daily riding. The new starter loop heads out on Mother North Star ski trail than right on Skaters Waltz ski trail , heading up to Kamikaze hill before picking up singletrack than making way to the lakeside singletrack.  Starter loop includes a little bit of new and existing singletrack, doubletrack and singletrack ski trail. The starter loop can be bypassed by heading left on Skaters Waltz. The starter loop is around 2 miles in length. The loop is signed and marked.

New trail segment open and marked into the course. This new segment is near the end of the main loop on the east side off Mother North Star ski trail and is called North Star extension on the Strava segments. It will be part of all courses. We have resumed new trail building near Bullhead lake and the Bootleg Extension ski trail. The trail will be a combination of machine and hand built. We hope to open the new trail near Bullhead trail (3 mile loop) later this  fall.

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.

Every Labor day weekend we host a mountain bike race. 2018 marks the 28th year of hosting this event. We are proud to be part of the Minnesota Mountain Bike series. A fun weekend, click here for more information.

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 the beginner loop (Citizen/TT), advanced loop (sport/comp/expert) starts near start of Sap Run and Lucky’s Loype ski trails. Singletrack sections can be bypassed on the east side.  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.

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

Cooler weather welcomed today after a hot and humid weekend and Monday.  Woods are lush and green with a relatively wet summer but showing signs of fall and getting drier.

Over 10″ of rain in the month of July.  We have been busy on the ski trails mowing and clearing any day we can and also tuning the mountain bike trails and building a new mtb trail on Maplelag property near Bullhead lake.

Lakes busy with loons, swans and other waterfowl during the week when no pressure from boaters.  Good seeing people Maplelag guests out on the trails this spring and early summer.

We had an incredible run of spring skiing, skiing until April 23rd and logging the last grooming on April 20th. Great seeing everyone out the end of the season to enjoy the special end of year conditions. Thanks everyone that helped make it a memorable season!

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.

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.