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Mountain Bike Trail Report

The trails are open.  Mostly dry surface, more tacky on Twin Lakes loop. Great riding conditions.

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.

Every Labor day weekend we host a mountain bike race. 2017 marks the 27th 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 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 mid fall. We are also tuning on the original loop when we can.

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. 

July 26th Mountain Bike Trail Report Photos

Pat Crary rolling though lakeside singletrack,  Twin Lakes. , July 26th, 2017.

Pat Crary rolling though lakeside singletrack, Twin Lakes. , July 26th, 2017.

 

 

 

Forest road riding to the north

Forest road riding to the north

Trail work on Twin Lakes bridge section, July 24th, 2017. We are tuning on various sections of the course.
Trail work on Twin Lakes bridge section, July 24th, 2017.
Rolling through the Twin Lakes rock garden, July 12th, 2017.
Rolling through the Twin Lakes rock garden, July 12th, 2017.

July 9th Mountain Bike Trail Report Photos

Christian Logan on course Sunday, June 9th, 2017

Christian Logan on course Sunday, June 9th, 2017

 

 

 

Twin Lakes singletrack, lakeside. July 7th, 2017.
Twin Lakes singletrack, lakeside. July 7th, 2017.

July 7th Trail Report Photos

Josh Bauer lakeside, Twin Lakes singletrack

Josh Bauer lakeside, Twin Lakes singletrack

Callum Gordon

Callum Gordon

June 27th MTB Trail Report Photos

Great riding on the mountain bike course, June 25th, 2017.

Great riding on the mountain bike course, June 25th, 2017.

Technical section on Twin Lakes singletrack

Technical section on Twin Lakes singletrack

Fresh blown trail! June 27th, 2017.

Fresh blown trail! June 27th, 2017.

 

June 18th MTB Trail Report Photos

 

 

 

 

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Trail Report

Dry start to the week after 1.25″ of rain over the weekend. Overall has been a great summer with nice weather. We have been on the trails every day we can,  mowing, cutting brush, clearing singletrack, building new trail and repairing trail.

A wet end to the month of June and start of July with around 4.6″ of total rainfall after a dry start to the summer.  The rain welcomed as it has been a dry spring. No big storms, a couple smaller wind events bringing a few trees down which is typical for this time of year.

Overall the woods and forest is as lush as we have ever seen.   Forest floor colored with different  wild flowers throughout the spring and summer.

Waterfowl active as ever. Great to hear the loons calling at night! Trumpeter swans have moved to smaller lakes now that boat traffic has increased.   Exhilarating bear encounter earlier this summer! Scroll down for photos.

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

Snow the end of April that stuck around for a few days allowed for one more ski.  We haven’t missed skiing at least one or two days in April so we had to keep tradition going!

The official ice out date April 8th this year.

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

 

Mountain Bike Trail Report

The trails are open.  Light rain shower early this morning will have the track damp but rain ending and riding is possible.

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 riders, the Citizen loop is recommended.

Every Labor day weekend we host a mountain bike race. 2017 marks the 27th 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 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.  

Twin Lakes singletrack, lakeside. July 7th, 2017.
Twin Lakes singletrack, lakeside. July 7th, 2017.

July 7th Trail Report Photos

Josh Bauer lakeside, Twin Lakes singletrack

Josh Bauer lakeside, Twin Lakes singletrack

Callum Gordon

Callum Gordon

June 27th MTB Trail Report Photos

Great riding on the mountain bike course, June 25th, 2017.

Great riding on the mountain bike course, June 25th, 2017.

Technical section on Twin Lakes singletrack

Technical section on Twin Lakes singletrack

Fresh blown trail! June 27th, 2017.

Fresh blown trail! June 27th, 2017.

 

June 18th MTB Trail Report Photos

 

 

 

 

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June 16th MTB Trail Report Photos

Hudson's Hula segment, Twin Lakes singletrack. June 16th, 2017.

Hudson's Hula segment, Twin Lakes singletrack. June 16th, 2017.

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Twin Lakes

Clearing trail.

Clearing trail.

 

 

June 12th MTB Trail Photos

Brushing and clearing trail!

Brushing and clearing trail!

Clearing on Twin Lakes lakeside

Clearing on Twin Lakes lakeside

Pete's Porkie singletrack segment after brushing, June 12th, 2017

Pete's Porkie singletrack segment after brushing, June 12th, 2017

June 10th MTB Trail Report Photos

Luke hitting up the lakeside drops for the first time, June 10th, 2017.

Luke hitting up the lakeside drops for the first time, June 10th, 2017.

 

 

June 6th MTB Trail Report Photos

Clearing mountain bike trail, June 6th, 2017

Clearing mountain bike trail, June 6th, 2017

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

 

Logan Christian, Tucker and Mandi Hibbert on trail cranking out a few laps, evening June 5th, 2017.

Logan Christian, Tucker and Mandi Hibbert on trail cranking out a few laps, evening June 5th, 2017.

June 5th MTB Trail Report Photos

Twin Lakes ski trail before entering singletrack near Pete's Porkie. June 4th, 2017.

Twin Lakes ski trail before entering singletrack near Pete's Porkie. June 4th, 2017.

Peder Arneson lakeside singletrack Twin Lakes. June 2nd, 2017.

Peder Arneson lakeside singletrack Twin Lakes. June 2nd, 2017.

Twin Lakes singletrack, June 2nd, 2017. The woods are as lush as ever and the sensation of riding in the forest is like riding through a green tunnel.

Twin Lakes singletrack, June 2nd, 2017. The woods are as lush as ever and the sensation of riding in the forest is like riding through a green tunnel.