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Mountain Bike Trail Report

Trails are open but damp/wet from recent rain. Looks to slowly dry out and be better riding middle of the week.

 Leaf bed on the deck otherwise great riding in beautiful fall conditions.  We will blow out the Twin Lakes singletrack in a week or so once more leaves have come  down and again after the majority of leaves are down. Trails will be open through the end of October.

Great weekend of riding and racing for the Laddies Loppet. Thanks to everyone that came.   Saturday cross country racing for Laddies Loppet. (click here for coverage on Skinnyski)   Sunday Short Track (click here for coverage on skinnyski.com)

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.

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. For first time 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 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.  We have been working on new trail on Maplelag property on the Bullhead loop this summer and hope to have completed by the end of fall and open for riding next spring.

Any questions on riding or conditions, email Jay at jrichard@arvig.net or text 218-849-7669. We typically will have the trails open all the time unless we receive excessive rainfall.  The natural singletrack at Maplelag dries and weathers quickly and can be ridden hours after any rain event.

Sukkerbusk ski trail, part of bike course. September 20th, 2017.
Sukkerbusk ski trail, part of bike course. September 20th, 2017.

September 18th MTB Trail Report Photos

?"Pete's Porkie" singletrack segment on Twin Lakes. Be sure to stop and look at all the swans!

?"Pete's Porkie" singletrack segment on Twin Lakes. Be sure to stop and look at all the swans!

 

 

Leaf bed on the singletrack. Solid deck underneath. September 17th, 2017.
Leaf bed on the singletrack. Solid deck underneath. September 17th, 2017.

September 12th MTB Trail Photos

Mountain biking on the ski trail. September 12th, 2017.

Mountain biking on the ski trail. September 12th, 2017.

Twin Lakes Singletrack

Twin Lakes Singletrack

 

 Twin Lakes singletrack, September 9th, 2017.
Twin Lakes singletrack, September 9th, 2017.

September 4th and 5th Mountain Bike Trail Report Photos

Singletrack segment on main loop. Tacky and firm! September 5th, 2017.

Singletrack segment on main loop. Tacky and firm! September 5th, 2017.

 

Outside random organic forest matter, track is in great shape. Five day dry spell!

Outside random organic forest matter, track is in great shape. Five day dry spell!

Tree since removed after photo taken. Always heads up for any deadfalls. Lots of trees in the woods!

Tree since removed after photo taken. Always heads up for any deadfalls. Lots of trees in the woods!

Lakeside dropping on Labor day!

Lakeside dropping on Labor day!

Twin Lakes lakeside

Twin Lakes lakeside

 

Bermin'!

Bermin'!

Fun in the dirt jump track

Fun in the dirt jump track

Trail Report

Beautiful time of the year in the woods.  Leaves are changing and fall color is in full swing. Some trees hitting their peak already and we are maybe 1-3 days from the full peak.   .25″ of rain Sunday morning. September rainfall so far recorded just over 4″. A wet August with nearly 7″ of total rainfall during the month. We have been on the trails every day we can,  mowing, cutting brush, clearing singletrack, building new trail and repairing trail.

Trumpeter swans dominant presence with over 25 currently residing on Twin Lakes. Good trail to hike or bike to observe them.

Mountain bike trails are open.  Park in far parking lot please. More info and latest report on bike trail report page.

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Sukkerbusk ski trail, September 20th, 2017.
Sukkerbusk ski trail, September 20th, 2017.
Fall scene on Sukkerbusk, September 15th, 2017.
Sukkerbusk ski trail, September 15th, 2017.

September 12th Trail Report Photos

First fall color near the cabooses, September 11th, 2017

First fall color near the cabooses, September 11th, 2017

Maplelag driveway, September 11th, 2017

Maplelag driveway, September 11th, 2017

 

Morning scene on Little Sugarbush, lake Maplelag is next to. September 11th, 2017

Morning scene on Little Sugarbush, lake Maplelag is next to. September 11th, 2017

 

Start of Sukkerbusk ski trail. The woods still very much green with a splattering of fall color. September 12th, 2017

Start of Sukkerbusk ski trail. The woods still very much green with a splattering of fall color. September 12th, 2017

Late afternoon near the main grounds, September 12th, 2017.

Late afternoon near the main grounds, September 12th, 2017.

 

Mountain biking on the ski trail. September 12th, 2017.

Mountain biking on the ski trail. September 12th, 2017.

August 31st Trail Report Photos

Few of the maple tops showing color, August 30th.

Few of the maple tops showing color, August 30th.

Tons of different mushrooms popping up throughout the forest this week after a mositure laden month

Tons of different mushrooms popping up throughout the forest this week after a mositure laden month

 

 

 

August 25th Trail Report Photos

Tuesday night Time Trial riders

Tuesday night Time Trial riders

Mushroom and lichen explosion in the woods after all the rain this month

Mushroom and lichen explosion in the woods after all the rain this month

Wild flowers along the side of Mother North Star. The mowers have been busy keeping the trails mowed!

Wild flowers along the side of Mother North Star. The mowers have been busy keeping the trails mowed!

We didn't see the eclipse last week, just old man winter ready to bring lots of snow this winter!

We didn't see the eclipse last week, just old man winter ready to bring lots of snow this winter!

 

Blowing off the singletrack on the Laddies Loppet mountain bike course.

Blowing off the singletrack on the Laddies Loppet mountain bike course.

Early signs of fall, August 15th, 2017.
Early signs of fall, August 15th, 2017.
Removing rocks and filling in low spots on Sukkerbusk. July 7th, 2017. Trail tuning will continue through the summer and fall until the snow flies.
Removing rocks and filling in low spots and improving drainage on Sukkerbusk. July 7th, 2017. Trail tuning will continue through the summer and fall until the snow flies.

June 27th Trail Report Photos

Beautiful June day, June 26th, 2017.

Beautiful June day, June 26th, 2017.

Wild Iris near slough on Mother North Star

Wild Iris near slough on Mother North Star

Mowing on Mother North Star, June 26th, 2017. The mowers have been running almost daily on the ski trails.

Mowing on Mother North Star, June 26th, 2017. The mowers have been running almost daily on the ski trails.

 

Gorgeous evening, June 26th, 2017.

Gorgeous evening, June 26th, 2017.

Twin Lakes at dusk, June 16th, 2017.
Twin Lakes before an evening rain shower moved in.  June 16th, 2017.

June 6th Trail Report Photos

Yellow slippers in full force this year, scattered all over the forest floor. June 6th, 2017

Yellow slippers in full force this year, scattered all over the forest floor. June 6th, 2017

Also a good crop of columbine flowers this year. June 6th, 2017

Also a good crop of columbine flowers this year. June 6th, 2017

Clearing mountain bike trail, June 6th, 2017

Clearing mountain bike trail, June 6th, 2017

Beautiful summer scene in the woods. June 4th, 2017.
Summer scene in the forest. June 4th, 2017.

June 3rd Trail Report Photos

Bear along JibFly ski trail, June 3rd, 2017.

Bear along JibFly ski trail, June 3rd, 2017.

Up into the tree!

Up into the tree!

 

Sunset over Little Sugarbush, June 2nd, 2017.
Sunset over Little Sugarbush, June 2nd, 2017.
Various mushrooms popping up throughout the forest floor. May 30th, 2017.
Various mushrooms popping up throughout the forest floor. May 30th, 2017.
View of Twin Lakes. May 28th, 2017.
View of Twin Lakes. May 28th, 2017.
Trumpeter swans on South Twin, May 28th, 2017.
Trumpeter swans on South Twin, May 28th, 2017. Swans more visible on smaller lakes now boat traffic has increased on larger lakes.

May 25th Trail Report Photos

Mowing on the ski trails, May 24th, 2017.

Mowing on the ski trails, May 24th, 2017.

Yellow slippers popping up this week in full force.

Yellow slippers popping up this week in full force.

Bluejays frequent visitors at the feeders

Bluejays frequent visitors at the feeders

Mowing on Suicide Hill May 24th, 2017

Mowing on Suicide Hill May 24th, 2017

Trail running on the singletrack, May 24th, 2017

Trail running on the singletrack, May 24th, 2017

 

 

 

 

May 23rd Trail Report Photos

Lakeside, Twin Lakes

Lakeside, Twin Lakes

Pond near Rootin Tootin, May 22nd

Pond near Rootin Tootin, May 22nd

Busy woodpecker on a old birch tree

Busy woodpecker on a old birch tree

Spring scene on a local pond, May 18th, 2017.
Spring scene on a local pond, May 18th, 2017.
Scarlet Tanager making a short appearance on the Maplelag grounds, May 16th, 2017.
Scarlet Tanager making a short appearance on the Maplelag grounds, May 16th, 2017.

 

Twin Lakes singletrack lakeside. May 16th, 2017. The foliage has exploded the past week!
Twin Lakes singletrack lakeside. May 16th, 2017. The foliage has exploded the past week!

May 3rd Trail Report Photos

Morning scene over Little Sugarbush

Morning scene over Little Sugarbush

 

Marsh marigold flowers in full force this week

Marsh marigold flowers in full force this week

 

Water droplet after morning shower pushed through on tamarack bud

Water droplet after morning shower pushed through on tamarack bud

Skaters Waltz greening up

Skaters Waltz greening up

Spring scene over Kohlepp's pond

Spring scene over Kohlepp's pond

Getting ready for tree planting

Getting ready for tree planting

Thanks Kira and friends for helping plant trees this week!

Thanks Kira and friends for helping plant trees this week!

Norway pine seedling

Norway pine seedling

Pines in the skinny field planted as seedlings 10 and 25 years ago growing nicely

Pines in the skinny field planted as seedlings 10 and 25 years ago growing nicely

Riders taking in the beautiful Sunday morning on the mountain bike course. April 30th, 2017.
Riders taking in the beautiful Sunday morning on the mountain bike course. April 30th, 2017.
Singletrack in great shape after drying out from snow earlier in the week. April 28th, 2017.
Singletrack in great shape after drying out from snow earlier in the week. April 28th, 2017. Mountain bike trail open for riding.
April skiing! Skiing through the skinny field, April 27th, 2017.
April skiing! Skiing through the skinny field, April 27th, 2017.
 Frozen pond, April 27th, 2017. Ducks were still nesting on the edge, riding out the cold weather.
Frozen pond, April 27th, 2017. Ducks were still nesting on the edge, riding out the cold weather.

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Suicide Hill, April 27th, 2017.
Suicide Hill, April 27th, 2017.
Mother North Star ski trail with dusting of snow. April 26th, 2017.
Mother North Star ski trail with dusting of snow. April 26th, 2017.

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Marsh marigolds on hold after wintry weather. April 26th, 2017.
Marsh marigolds on hold after wintry weather. April 26th, 2017.

 

Trail work on new mountain bike trail. April 24th, 2017.
Trail work on new mountain bike trail. April 24th, 2017.
Snow Sunday morning April 23rd, 2017 as seen from the Sap Run trail cam.
Snow Sunday morning April 23rd, 2017 as seen from the Sap Run trail cam.
Ski trails starting to green up after rain over the weekend. April 19th, 2017.
Ski trails starting to green up after rain over the weekend. April 19th, 2017.
Early spring flowers, April 13th, 2017.
Early spring flowers, April 13th, 2017.
With not much greening (still early in the spring) mossy areas sticking out nicely. April 13th, 2017.
With not much greening (still early in the spring) mossy areas sticking out nicely. April 13th, 2017.
After a windy few days during the ice out phase, calm conditions Monday night, April 10th, 2017. Official ice out date was April 8th this year.
After a windy few days during the ice out phase, calm conditions Monday night, April 10th, 2017. Official ice out date was April 8th this year.

April 7th Trail Report Photos

Sukkerbusk ski trail, April 7th, 2017.

Sukkerbusk ski trail, April 7th, 2017.

South end of Little Sugarbush still ice covered as of Friday noon, April 7th, 2017.

South end of Little Sugarbush still ice covered as of Friday noon, April 7th, 2017.

Twin Lakes singletrack, April 7th, 2017. Mountain bike trails now open.

Twin Lakes singletrack, April 7th, 2017. Mountain bike trails now open.

Mayflowers in April! April 7th, 2017

Mayflowers in April! April 7th, 2017