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Bike Trail Report

The mountain bike trails are open for riding. Great day of riding Friday. (scroll down for photos) Very light rain Thursday morning and a few sprinkles Friday afternoon otherwise dry. Cooler temps on tap for the weekend with great riding conditions. Loamy/tacky surface. Not muddy or greasy.

We finished blowing out the west side singletrack (Twin Lakes) last week bringing the entire 10 mile  Laddies Loppet bike loop  cleared with the leaf blower. We have begun fine tuning new trail built last fall off the main loop and now have this segment open and marked into the course. This new segment is near the end of the main loop on the east side off Mother North Star ski trail and is called North Star extension on the Strava segments. It will be part of all courses. We will resume new trail building near Bullhead lake and the Bootleg Extension ski trail after a little more fine tuning on the new segment. We hope to open the new trail near Bullhead trail (3 mile loop) later this summer/early fall.

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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 or beginner riders, the Citizen loop is recommended.

Every Labor day weekend we host a mountain bike race. 2018 marks the 28th 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.

Peder Arneson rolling along lakeside on main loop. May 18th, 2018.

Peder rolling along Twin Lakes singletrack lakeside, May 18th, 2018.
Jake at start of new trail “North Star Extension”. May 18th, 2018.
Final berm, May 18th, 2018.
North Star segment, May 18th, 2018.

Bente’s Bump segment, May 18th, 2018.
Ski trail segment on bike course. May 17th, 2018.
Berm work on new trail. We completed enough tuning to have this new segment open. We will continue to fine tune but the more riders to ride in the better! May 14th, 2018.
Another great weekend of early season riding, May 13th, 2018.
Ideal riding Wednesday late afternoon, May 9th, 2018.
Fresh clearing on Hudson’s Hula segment, west side on Twin Lakes singletrack. May 8th, 2018.
Fresh clearing on Hudson’s Hula segment, west side on Twin Lakes singletrack. May 8th, 2018.
Fresh clearing on Hudson’s Hula segment, west side on Twin Lakes singletrack. May 8th, 2018.
Fresh clearing on Hudson’s Hula segment, west side on Twin Lakes singletrack. May 8th, 2018.
David J on trail, May 7th, 2018.

Ben O on trail, May 7th, 2018.
Ben on Lakeside drop, May 7th, 2018.
Weekend riding, May 6th, 2018.
Fresh cleared singletrack on the east side, May 6th, 2018.
Group of riders heading out to the trail, May 6th, 2018.
Twin Lakes lakeside, May 3rd, 2018.
New course tape! May 3rd, 2018.
Ski trail segment, May 3rd, 2018. Ski trail portions of course in great shape.

Checking out Twin Lakes singletrack, lakeside. April 25th, 2018. Most singletrack segments are dry and ready for riding but the ski trails need a few more days to dry out.
Clearing leaves from singletrack, April 23rd, 2018.
Cleared!
Moss growing on the side, April 23rd, 2018.
Singletrack drying out nicely, April 23rd, 2018. Weather permitting, we hope to open the trails by May 3rd weekend.
One last winter ride on the Twin Lakes singletrack, April 21st, 2018.