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Mountain Bike Trail Report

Trails are open. Cooler temps than average making for nice riding conditions. We are in the process of fine tuning the course and will continue daily up until Laddies Loppet weekend. As always, heads up for any branches or trees from recent storms. We are clearing on course today.

Next Wednesday, August 28th we will be holding a Timed Trial on the course in advance of the Laddies Loppet race. All courses will be marked. Riders can choose between Kids Comp/Citizen or the Sport/Comp/Marathon/Expert loop. The expert starter loop will also be included for those that want to do a full lap. Meet at 6pm near flag pole, mass start at 6:15pm.

We recently completed a new loop called”Bullhead Bootleg” on the Maplelag property. The new trail loop is around around 3.5 miles in length. The trail is slow tech/flow tech. Very smooth but tight turns with fun berms and rollers on the downhills. The trail is accessed off county hiway 34 about 1/2 south of end of goat ranch road across from blue adopt a highway sign. Limited parking, best to ride to the trail from Maplelag.  Call or text 218-849-7669 if more information needed.  The new trail will not be part of the Laddies Loppet this year but open for riding outside of racing!

We have also been busy on the trails the past few weeks clearing some of the overgrown areas, cutting trees from summer storms, building bridge in low spot, working on new trail and mowing the ski trail segments.

The trail is closed during rain event but usually an hour or two is all it takes to be back on the trail riding with the nature of the trails at Maplelag being classic old style singletrack.

We opened up two segments that were closed the last two years (Fargo segment and Jakes’s Snake (AMA segments remain closed)

Click here for trail map. Trail starts at the Skaters Waltz ski trail. (look for white sign with Citizen, Kids Comp, Sport, Comp/Expert) All main intersections are now marked and signs at the key intersections for beginner (citizen) or advanced (sport/comp/expert). Please park in far parking lot next to blue dumpsters. There are no services available in the lodge at this time when Concordia Language camps going on. Park and ride!

Summer pass can be purchased online, good for whole season. (There is no charge for Maplelag team members). The Maplelag trails are self supported with no grants or outside assistance. Trail pass revenue helps offset trail maintenance, new trail work and property taxes. Thank you.

To access the main loop, look for white sign in between the two log cabins on Maplelag grounds. Stay in between orange tape and follow white or red signs.
Trail tuning, August 21st, 2019.
Evening ride on new Bootleg trail, August 20th, 2019.
Bridge crossing over Bootleg creek on new trail. Flowing strong after morning rain. August 20th, 2019.
Trail tuning, August 19th, 2019. We will be tuning on the course for Laddies Loppet mountain bike race over Labor Day weekend daily until race weekend.
Evening ride on Twin Lakes singletrack, August 13th, 2019. Bit damp from rain earlier in the day but overall nice riding.
Crossing at end of Lakeside drop segment. With the high water tables this summer, bridge has been useful. August 13th, 2019.
High side of lakeside drop segment. Most of the segment brushed out again today. August 14th, 2019.
Beautiful evening ride, new Bootleg loop. August 8th, 2019.
Evening ride on new “Bootleg” loop, August 1st, 2019.
Evening ride on new “Bootleg” loop, August 1st, 2019.

Evening ride on new “Bootleg” loop, August 1st, 2019.
Many Point Scout Camp mountain bike program after a riding session. The scouts are out at least once a week. Many first time riders as well! July 30th, 2019.
Signage at start of new “Bullhead Bootleg” loop.
“Fern Gully” segment on new Bootleg trail, July 28th, 2019.
Berm action on new “Bootleg” trail, July 28th, 2019.
Twin Lakes rock garden, July 28th, 2019. A “B” line option will be added in the next few weeks to avoid the technical section.
Testing out newest addition to new trail “Bootleg”. July 23rd, 2019.
New berm work on final trail segment of new trail. July 23rd, 2019.
Beautiful morning ride, July 20th, 2019.
Switchback climb on Twin Lakes singletrack, July 20th, 2019.
Deck setting up nicely on new trail “Bootleg”, July 20th, 2019.
Rock garden on main loop, July 20th, 2019.

Twin Lakes singletrack, July 20th, 2019.
Nice riding Friday evening on new trail “Bootleg”. July 19th, 2019.
Great riding on the new trail Tuesday evening, July 16th, 2019.

Beautiful evening ride after a wet few days, July 11th, 2019.
Bridge crossing on additional new singletrack segment added to new “Bullhead Bootleg” singletrack loop. July 11th, 2019.
Hand building another section of singletrack to be added to new “Bootleg” loop, July 10th, 2019.
Berm action on new trail, July 7th, 2019.
Rolling on the ski trail, July 7th, 2019.
Rolling through on the new trail, July 7th, 2019.
Sunny Saturday ride, July 6th, 2019.
Lakeside singletrack, July 6th, 2019.
Checking out the new trail “Bullhead Bootleg”. July 6th, 2019.
Rolling on the ski trail, July 6th, 2019.
One of the bridges on new trail, July 4th, 2019.
Summer scene along the bike trail, July 4th, 2019.
“Fern Gully” singletrack segment on new mountain bike trail near Bullhead lake, July 3rd, 2019.
Riding through a berm on new trail. July 3rd, 2019.
Bridge crossing on new trail, July 3rd, 2019.
Fun on the new trail, July 3rd, 2019.
Berm tuning on new trail, June 30th, 2019.
Lush singletrack in the deep woods. June 28th, 2019.
Testing trail tuning on new trail, June 25th, 2019. Planning to have “officially” open by the weekend!
Building and tuning last major berm on phase 1 Bullhead Bootleg loop, June 26th, 2019.
Building and tuning last major berm on phase 1 Bullhead Bootleg loop, June 26th, 2019.
Great riding Sunday afternoon, Twin Lakes singletrack June 23rd, 2019.
Great riding Sunday afternoon, June 23rd, 2019.
Testing out new trail, June 23rd, 2019. Getting closer to be officially opened!
Testing out new trail, June 23rd, 2019. Getting closer to be officially opened!
Testing out new trail, June 23rd, 2019. Getting closer to be officially opened!
Berm work on new trail, June 22nd, 2019.
Another gorgeous June evening for riding. June 18th, 2019.
Berm tuning on new trail near Bullhead lake. June 21st, 2019.
Great dirt to work with on new trail “Bootleg” near Bullhead lake on Maplelag property, June 20th, 2019.

Deep woods singletrack, June 18th, 2019.
Brothers on the trail! June 17th, 2019.
Beautiful evening ride, June 13th, 2019.

Twin Lakes singletrack, June 13th, 2019.

Yellow slippers along the side of the singletrack, June 12th, 2019.
Clearing overgrown area, June 12th, 2019.
Singletrack on the doubletrack! Signature Maplelag trails. June 12th, 2019.
Suicide hill mowed today, part of all bike courses. June 12th, 2019.
Evening ride, June 11th, 2019. Even with rain earlier in the day, track absorbs and dries out quickly enough hour or two after.
Rolling down the ski trail, June 5th, 2019.
Deep woods singletrack riding, June 5th, 2019.
Deep woods singletrack riding, June 5th, 2019.
Berm work on new trail, May 31st, 2019.
Pat checking out new trail. May 30th, 2019. We are slowly making progress on new trail. Hope to officially open most of the loop late next month.
Forest road riding on Sugarbush trail, May 30th, 2019.
Working on new trail, May 30th, 2019.
Fun times on the trail! May 28th, 2019.
Riding the berm high. May 28th, 2019.
Pat rolling through the Twin Lakes rock garden, May 28th, 2019.
Pat rolling through the Twin Lakes rock garden, May 28th, 2019.
Checking out new mountain bike trail segment near Bullhead lake, May 20th, 2019. We still have 4-6 weeks of tuning and bridge building before we officially open the trail.
Checking out new mountain bike trail segment near Bullhead lake, May 20th, 2019.
Damp but good riding on the weekend. May 19th, 2019.
Testing out a segment on new trail, May 19th, 2019.
Twin Lakes singletrack, May 18th, 2019.
Weaving along lakeside singletrack, May 18th, 2019.
Hudson’s Hula singletrack, May 17th, 2019.
Trail work on new singletrack. Thanks Denny and Peder for your help! May 17th, 2019.

Tuning on new trail build new Bullhead lake, May 15th, 2019.
Twin Lakes lakeside singletrack, May 14th, 2019.
Woods slowly starting to green up. May 14th, 2019.
New trail work near Bullhead lake. May 13th, 2019.
Rolling along Lakeside singletrack, May 10th, 2019.
Lakeside singletrack Twin Lakes, May 7th, 2019.
Rolling on the singletrack, May 7th, 2019.
Lakeside singletrack Twin Lakes, May 7th, 2019.
Technical section on the singletrack, May 7th, 2019.
Twin Lakes singletrack, May 4th, 2019.
Trail work on new singletrack, May 3rd, 2019.
Keith rolling through the “Fargo” singletrack, May 1st, 2019. This segment has been closed the past few years but now it is cleared and open for riding! Segment branches off near the end of the east side loop.
Trail work on new trail near Bullhead lake. May 2nd, 2019.
Twin Lakes lakeside on “Pete’s Porkie” segment. April 28th, 2019.
Rolling through Twin Lakes rock garden, April 28th, 2019.
Great riding Saturday April 27th, 2019.
Great riding Saturday April 27th, 2019.
Lance S rolling along lakeside, April 25th, 2019.
Trail feature on the singletrack, April 25th, 2019.
Twin Lakes rock garden, April 25th, 2019. Twin Lakes needs a few more days to dry out. Couple low areas holding water.

Ski trail segment on bike course, April 25th, 2019.
Riding into sunset, April 25th, 2019.
Keith dropping in for the first dirt ride of the year, April 23rd, 2019.
Singletrack, April 23rd, 2019.
Clearing singletrack, April 22nd, 2019.

Trail Report

Crisp and cool conditions and beautiful weather in place after a wet start Monday which saw over an inch of rain. August has been a wet month so far with over 9″ of rain the first half! Woods are as green and lush as ever.

We have been busy mowing on the trails in addition to other trail work. Although we’ve had rain more frequently this summer, has been plenty dry in between the rain for woods work. A handful of trees coming down in recent storms, typical of most summers. 

Other trail work includes cleaning deadfall along the side of the trails and cutting firewood for next season for the wood burning stoves at Maplelag. We also planted nearly a 1000 trees earlier this spring and continue to plant potted pines.

We have also been working on the existing mountain bike singletrack clearing and removing deadfall and finished new trail build on Maplelag property near Bullhead lake. We will also be making new tweaks to select ski trails including Mother Hen and Double green for new beginner loops for next season.

Little Sugarbush, lake Maplelag is next to, went ice free Thursday April 25th.

Final ski of the year on Friday, April 19th before warm weather moved in melting off all the snow.

Thanks to everyone that came to Maplelag this past season!! A great year with seven months of grooming and skiing!

Mountain bike trails are now open: Latest report click here.

Total snowfall this past season from November 1st at 96″  Total snowfall from October 1st at 102″.  Opening day for the ski season on November 12th after skiing a few days in October and grooming in October. Last day of skiing on April 19th, 2019.

 

Afternoon summer scene in the switchyard, August 14th, 2019.
Moon rise paddle, August 12th, 2019.

 

Another load of deadfall to be split for the sauna! August 6th, 2019.

 

First signs of fall! Aspen leaf on the bike trail, July 31st, 2019.

 

Another mowing on Suicide Hill, July 29th, 2019.

 

Calm evening for a paddleboard, July 22nd, 2019.

 

Wild rice on Little Sugarbush, July 22nd, 2019.

 

Fish in action! July 22nd, 2019.

 

Mushrooms exploding everywhere on the forest floor after all the rain this summer. July 20th, 2019.

 

Summer sunset, July 16th, 2019.

 

Great riding on the new mountain bike trail Tuesday evening, July 16th, 2019.

 

Lush green carpet on the ski trail forest floor! July 5th, 2019.

 

Clearing deadfall on ski trail, July 5th, 2019.

 

Wild iris flowers near Mother North Star ski trail, July 5th, 2019.

 

Summer scene along the bike trail, July 4th, 2019.

 

“Fern Gully” singletrack segment on new mountain bike trail near Bullhead lake, July 3rd, 2019. The loop is now open for riding! Check out mountain bike trail report for more info.

 

Calm waters on Little Sugarbush, June 30th, 2019.

 

Beautiful evening to paddleboard, June 30th, 2019.

 

Summer sunset over Bullhead Bay (Skaters Waltz to the left). June 23rd, 2019.

 

Many mushrooms popping up in recent weeks thanks to damp conditions. June 24th, 2019.

 

Another gorgeous June evening for riding. June 18th, 2019.

 

Great dirt to work with on new trail “Bootleg” near Bullhead lake on Maplelag property, June 20th, 2019.

 

Fresh tracks on Mother North Star ski trail! June 17th, 2019.

 

Singletrack on the doubletrack! Rootin Tootin ski trail after clearing. Also part of the bike course. June 12th, 2019.

 

First mowing of the year on Suicide Hill. June 12th, 2019.

 

Yellow slippers along the side of the singletrack, June 12th, 2019.

 

Clearing mountain bike singletrack. Quickly overgrown! June 12th, 2019.

Baby snapping turtles on the move, June 3rd, 2019.

 

Cedar Waxwings making a rare appearance at Maplelag this week, enjoying the blooming “snow tree”. May 31st, 2019.

 

Beautiful spring scene at Twin Lakes crossing, May 20th, 2019.

 

Trail work on new singletrack. Thanks Denny and Peder for your help! May 17th, 2019.

 

Marsh marigolds blooming in full force the past few days in local sloughs. May 16th, 2019.

 

Tuning work on new mountain bike trail, May 17th, 2019.

 

Another beautiful spring sunset, May 8th, 2019.

 

Slowly spring, May 8th, 2019.

 

Tree planting along the bike trail, May 8th, 2019.

 

Tree planting along the bike trail, May 8th, 2019.

 

Beautiful evening lakeside Twin Lakes mountain bike singletrack, May 7th, 2019.

 

Bloodroot flower trying to stay warm, May 4th, 2019.

 

Calm waters as seen on the south side of Bullhead Lake looking towards Suicide Hill, May 2nd, 2019.

 

MTB trail work on new trail near Bullhead lake. May 2nd, 2019.

 

Great time of year to clear deadfall for sauna firewood. April 27th, 2019.

 

Wild flowers sprouting up with warm weather. Back to dormant mode now with cooler weather in place. April 26th, 2019.

 

Little Sugarbush free of ice, April 25th, 2019. Loons returned shortly after as usual!

 

Poplar blooms floating on low area holding water. April 25th, 2016.

 

First wild flower of the season popping up along the singletrack, April 23rd, 2019.

 

Keith dropping in for the first dirt ride of the year, April 23rd, 2019. The east side loop now open for the season under early season conditions.

 

Clearing singletrack, April 22nd, 2019. Ideal drying conditions has  allowed us to work on the mountain bike trail. Getting very close to having portion of the trail open!

 

East side of Skaters Waltz,April 19th, 2019 providing enough snow for the last ski of the year.

 

Top of Suicide Hill, April 19th, 2019.

 

Bottom of Suicide Hill, April 19th, 2019.

 

East side of Skaters Waltz,April 19th, 2019.

 

Flooded water at start of JibFly, April 19th, 2019.

 

Few ponds open water now. April 19th, 2019.

 

JibFly at dusk, April 19th, 2019.

 

Little Sugarbush lake, lake Maplelag is next to, still 95% covered in ice. April 19th, 2019.

 

Start of Sap Run ski trail, April 14th, 2019.

 

Denny and Aaron out for a morning ski. April 10th, 2019.

 

One more ski! Just Ski! April 10th, 2019.

 

Skirting across a thin area, April 10th, 2019.

 

Grooming on Skaters Waltz, April 9th, 2019.

 

Grooming on Skaters Waltz, April 9th, 2019.

 

Sapsicle. April 9th, 2019.

 

Grooming on Suicide HIll, April 9th, 2019.

 

Skaters Waltz early evening, April 7th, 2019.

 

North Loup early evening, April 7th, 2019.

 

Spring skiers! Glenn and Knute heading out to Twin Lakes for a late season ski, April 6th, 2019.

 

Nice section of trail on JibFly, April 5th, 2019.

 

Single green with plenty of coverage, April 5th, 2019.

 

Nice section of Skaters Waltz, April 5th, 2019. A few thin areas on the west side otherwise nice wet corn snow skiing. (Best to avoid the Kamikaze segment and use Poki Loki as a connector)

 

JibFly ski trail, April 5th, 2019.

 

North Loup, April 5th, 2019. 95% of North Loup with very good coverage. Always the last trail to lose snow.

 

Mary on JibFly, heading down the hill! April 3rd, 2019.

Mary on JibFly! Great morning on the trails. April 3rd, 2019.

 

Fantastic skate skiing, morning April 3rd, 2019.

 

Great crust skiing on North Loup, April 3rd, 2019.

 

Cutting new track on Rootin Tootin at dusk, April 2nd, 2019.

 

Snowy morning on Sukkerbusk, (S.Schumacher photo) April 2nd, 2019.

 

Rootin Tootin with a fresh dusting of snow, April 2nd, 2019.

 

Cutting new track on Sap Run, April 1st, 2019.

 

Combing skate lane on North Loup, April 1st, 2019.

 

Combing Skaters Waltz, April 1st, 2019.

 

North Loup, April 1st, 2019.

 

Fresh tracks! April 1st, 2019.

 

Sunset spring ski on Sap Run, March 31st, 2019.

 

Sunset spring ski on Sap Run, March 31st, 2019.

 

Striding on Sukkerbusk, March 29th, 2019.

 

Still some track definition on Sap Run, March 29th, 2019.

 

Feeder to Skaters Waltz with lots of snow, March 29th, 2019.

 

Setting new track on Sap Run, March 29th, 2019.

 

Grooming kamikaze hill section on Skaters Waltz, March 29th, 2019.

 

Peder A climbing Single Green trail, March 22nd, 2019. The Thursday evening groomed trails skiing fast until 11am or so.

 

Cruising on Skaters Waltz extension, March 22nd, 2019. Trails not recently groomed are best crust skiing from sunrise to 11am.

 

Crust skiing on Dry Lake off North Loup, March 22nd, 2019. The lakes and ponds great from sunrise to 1pm.

 

Twin Lakes ski trail, March 22nd, 2019. Still track definition from grooming last week. Still some great spring skiing to be had. Best in the morning.

 

Grooming on Skaters Waltz at dusk, March 21st, 2019.

 

Cutting new track on Sap Run, March 21st, 2019.

 

Cutting new track on Sukkebusk, March 21st, 2019.

 

Peder A. enjoying a spring ski, March 16th, 2019.

 

Heading down Eagle View, March 16th, 2019.

 

Spring skate skiing, March 15th, 2019.

 

Jonell enjoying the spring conditions on JibFly, March 15th, 2019.

 

Setting track on Twin Lakes, March 15th, 2019. All the classic trails groomed today singletrack except the two way segments.

 

Grooming on Skaters Waltz, March 15th, 2019.

 

Setting track on Sukkerbusk, March 15th, 2019.

 

Area ponds and sloughs should be some great crust skiing the next few weeks provided it freezes hard at night. March 15th, 2019.

 

Grooming Mother North Star for fat biking, March 15th, 2019.

 

Skiing in dusting of new snow, March 14th, 2019.

 

Late season ski fun with chef Deb! March 11th, 2019.

 

Afternoon ski on Sukkerbusk, March 11th, 2019.

 

Sunset grooming on Poki Loki, March 11th, 2019.

 

Skied in track on Mother North Star, March 11th, 2019.

 

Chef Deb out for a ski after last day in the kitchen for the winter season. March 11th, 2019.

 

Top of Suicide Hill, March 10th, 2019.

 

JibFly, March 10th, 2019.

 

Turning on Suicide Hill, March 10th, 2019.

 

Skiing through the skinny field, March 9th, 2019. Great winter scenes with all the fresh snow!

 

Grooming Saturday afternoon, March 9th, 2019. Didn’t take long for the grooming to get covered up!

 

Great groomed classic skiing today, March 7th, 2019.

 

Snow getting deep! March 7th, 2019.

 

Even though not recently groomed, nice skiing on Lucky’s Loype. March 7th, 2019.

 

Even though not recently groomed, nice skiing on Lucky’s Loype. March 7th, 2019.

 

Twin Lakes ski trail, March 6th, 2019. Single tracked for the weekend.

 

Grooming on North Loup, March 6th, 2019.

 

Combing North Loup for skating and fat biking, March 5th, 2019.

 

Combing Skaters Waltz for skating, March 5th, 2019.

 

Cutting new double track on Sukkerbusk, March 5th, 2019.

 

Fresh snow on North Loup before grooming, March 5th, 2019.

 

Grooming for skate and fat biking on North Loup, March 4th, 2019.

 

Setting double track on Sap Run, March 4th, 2019. Dusting of snow with areas of wind blown after grooming. Grooming on tap for more classic trails Wednesday and Thursday.

 

Lucky’s Loype March 3rd, 2019.

 

Wavy Gravy with 2-3″ new snow on top of recent grooming. March 2nd, 2019.

 

Twin Lakes February 28th, 2019. Double tracked until the main loop than single tracked on main loop.

 

Dr Bob finishing up a recovery skate ski, February 28th, 2019. Congrats Bob on the second place finish in the 70-74 age category at the Birkie 50km skate race. Bob put a lot of hours on the Maplelag trails this season.

 

Grooming Skaters Waltz, February 27th, 2019.

 

Grooming North Loup for skate and fat biking, February 27th, 2019.

 

Coating of gliss on the trail, February 27th, 2019.

 

Paulo and GiGi heading out. February 27th, 2019.

 

Skaters Waltz at dusk. Firm deck but slow snow with cold temps. February 27th, 2019.

 

Start of Twin Lakes filled in with snow after blizzard like conditions. February 24th, 2019. Trails not recently groomed will be good skiing with variable snow cover conditions.