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Mountain Bike Trail Report

Trails are open. Heavy rain overnight has the course wet and damp but dry weather now in place Tuesday morning. Riding should be good later this afternoon and evening.

We have been busy on the trails the past few weeks clearing some of the overgrown areas, 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 have good riding conditions again with the nature of the trails at Maplelag being classic old style singletrack.

We cleared out the entire mountain bike course over a course of 7-10 days after the snow melted. Few leaves blowing back in after clearing otherwise the deck is in good shape. We also opened up two segments that were closed the last two years (Fargo segment and Jakes’s Snake (AMA segments remain closed)) and have now transitioned to working on new trail near Bullhead lake on the Maplelag property.

Click here for trail map. Trail starts at the Skaters Waltz ski trail. 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. 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 and property taxes. Thank you.

Great riding Sunday afternoon, 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.

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

Rainy pattern in place with around an inch of rain the past three days. Drying out Tuesday morning and looks like summer like weather to move in the rest of the week.

We started mowing on the ski trails this month in addition to the other trail work. Although we’ve had rain off and on the past few weeks, has been plenty dry in between the rain for woods work.

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 have resumed 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.

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.