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Mountain Bike Trail Report

The trails are open. Tacky/dry conditions. The foliage has exploded the past week making for a nice deep woods feel.  Wednesday we mowed all the ski trail segments of the bike course including the entire Suicide Hill. Yesterday and today we finished blowing out the rest of the Twin Lakes loop. Monday we cleared out segments of the singletrack that had leaf coverage etc. on various segments including the Bente’sBump, Hudson’s Hula and Pete Porkie sections. Great weekend of riding on tap!

Good to see all the riders out this spring enjoying the excellent conditions. Scroll down for photos.

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.

No charge to ride early season. No services available in lodge. Park in far parking lot, click in and enjoy! Season pass is $10. Maplelag maintains, builds and manages trails privately but we are happy to share the trail and appreciate contributions 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, advanced loop 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. 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.  

We have resumed work on new trail near Bullhead lake on the Maplelag property. We will also be building new beginner trails for winter riding this summer and fall.

Singletrack riding, May 25th, 2017.
Singletrack riding, May 25th, 2017.
Clearing singletrack on Twin Lakes loop. The entire loop cleared this week as well as select segments on the main loop. May 25th, 2017.
Clearing singletrack on Twin Lakes loop. The entire loop cleared this week as well as select segments on the main loop. May 25th, 2017.
Mowing on a ski trails segment of the bike course, May 24th, 2017.
Mowing on a ski trails segment of the bike course, May 24th, 2017.
Mowing on Suicide Hill May 24th, 2017
Mowing on Suicide Hill May 24th, 2017

May 23rd Mountain Bike Trail Report Photos

Bente's Bump singletrack segment after clearing. May 22nd, 2017

Bente's Bump singletrack segment after clearing. May 22nd, 2017

 

Hudson's Hula segment after clearing

Hudson's Hula segment after clearing

Lakeside, Twin Lakes

Lakeside, Twin Lakes

Bridge section early afternoon before rain moved in. May 20th, 2017.
Bridge section early afternoon before rain moved in. May 20th, 2017.

May 16th MTB Trail Report Photos

Lakeside singletrack Twin Lakes. May 16th, 2017

Lakeside singletrack Twin Lakes. May 16th, 2017

 

 

Testing new mountain bike trail near Bullhead lake. May 11th, 2017. We hope to have the new trail completed and open by fall.
Testing new mountain bike trail near Bullhead lake. May 11th, 2017. We hope to have the new trail completed and open by fall.

May 5th Mountain Bike Trail Report Photos

Riding ther berm on "Hudson's Hula" segment of Twin Lakes singletrack

Riding ther berm on "Hudson's Hula" segment of Twin Lakes singletrack

Twin Lakes singletrack

Twin Lakes singletrack

 

Dirt work on new trail. May 1st, 2017.
Dirt work on new trail. May 1st, 2017.
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Hard not to think about riding new trail when building it!

April 29th and 30th Mountain Bike Trail Report Photos

Sunday morning riders, April 30th, 2017.

Sunday morning riders, April 30th, 2017.

Long time Maplelag team rider  climbing and cleaning "kamikaze" hill

Long time Maplelag team rider climbing and cleaning "kamikaze" hill

 

 

Beautiful Sunday morning

Beautiful Sunday morning

 

 

Peder Arneson rolling through the Twin Lakes rock garden

Peder Arneson rolling through the Twin Lakes rock garden

 

 

 

 

Ben Olson lakeside Twin Lakes singletrack

Ben Olson lakeside Twin Lakes singletrack

 

Trail Report

Pleasant weather in place after a chilly and wet start to the week. Just over an inch of rain the past week which was welcomed after a dry spring. We have begun mowing on the trails and clearing deadfall etc.

Few more wildflowers popping up and waterfowl active as ever. Great to hear the loons calling at night! More birds migrating through showing up at the feeders. We are in the woods when we can working clearing deadfall, tuning trails and planting trees.  We are also building new mountain bike trail.  Mountain bike trail has been active with mountain bikers.

Mountain bike trails are open.  Park in far parking lot and ride there are no services available and no fee required until June. 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.

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

 

Bottomless Cookie Jars

The coffee bar at Maplelag featuring the famous five bottomless cookie jars. Available 24 hours a day!

Chef Deb and the kitchen staff make all the cookies from scratch. During the winter season we serve 10’s of thousands of cookies, all part of the Maplelag package and the philosophy of making everyone feel like at home! All meals are prepared from scratch using fresh and as many local ingredients as possible. We are able to accommodate all dietary needs with advance notice. Food is something we take very serious at Maplelag!