Category Archives: Bike Trail

Mountain Bike Trail Report

Happy International Mountain Bike Day! Trails are open! A ride Saturday morning found good conditions, few damps spots from morning rain but clearing and with lower dew points everything was drying out fast. The course has weathered all the rain this week nicely and a great rest of the weekend of riding is on tap!

Despite daily rain this week, we have been working on the new trail “Bootleg” and getting close to completing the final segment to be added to the current loop that is now open for riding.

A productive summer working on new trail. We are excited to open phase one of the new loop called “Bullhead Bootlegger”. The new loop is around 3 miles. The trail is slow tech/flow tech. Very smooth but tight turns with fun berms and rollers on the downhills. We are in the process of building another segment of hand build singletrack to the loop we hope to open by the end of this month. For accessing the trail, call or text 218-849-7669 for directions and more information. The new trail will not be part of the Laddies Loppet this year but open for riding outside of racing!

We have also been busy on the trails the past few weeks clearing some of the overgrown areas, cutting trees from summer storms, 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 be back on the trail riding with the nature of the trails at Maplelag being classic old style singletrack.

We opened up two segments that were closed the last two years (Fargo segment and Jakes’s Snake (AMA segments remain closed)

Click here for trail map. Trail starts at the Skaters Waltz ski trail. (look for white sign with Citizen, Kids Comp, Sport, Comp/Expert) 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 when Concordia Language camps going on. 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, new trail work and property taxes. Thank you.

To access the main loop, look for white sign in between the two log cabins on Maplelag grounds. Stay in between orange tape and follow white or red signs.
Beautiful morning ride, July 20th, 2019.
Switchback climb on Twin Lakes singletrack, July 20th, 2019.
Deck setting up nicely on new trail “Bootleg”, July 20th, 2019.
Rock garden on main loop, July 20th, 2019.

Twin Lakes singletrack, July 20th, 2019.
Nice riding Friday evening on new trail “Bootleg”. July 19th, 2019.
Great riding on the new trail Tuesday evening, July 16th, 2019.

Beautiful evening ride after a wet few days, July 11th, 2019.
Bridge crossing on additional new singletrack segment added to new “Bullhead Bootleg” singletrack loop. July 11th, 2019.
Hand building another section of singletrack to be added to new “Bootleg” loop, July 10th, 2019.
Berm action on new trail, July 7th, 2019.
Rolling on the ski trail, July 7th, 2019.
Rolling through on the new trail, July 7th, 2019.
Sunny Saturday ride, July 6th, 2019.
Lakeside singletrack, July 6th, 2019.
Checking out the new trail “Bullhead Bootleg”. July 6th, 2019.
Rolling on the ski trail, July 6th, 2019.
One of the bridges on new trail, July 4th, 2019.
Summer scene along the bike trail, July 4th, 2019.
“Fern Gully” singletrack segment on new mountain bike trail near Bullhead lake, July 3rd, 2019.
Riding through a berm on new trail. July 3rd, 2019.
Bridge crossing on new trail, July 3rd, 2019.
Fun on the new trail, July 3rd, 2019.
Berm tuning on new trail, June 30th, 2019.
Lush singletrack in the deep woods. June 28th, 2019.
Testing trail tuning on new trail, June 25th, 2019. Planning to have “officially” open by the weekend!
Building and tuning last major berm on phase 1 Bullhead Bootleg loop, June 26th, 2019.
Building and tuning last major berm on phase 1 Bullhead Bootleg loop, June 26th, 2019.
Great riding Sunday afternoon, Twin Lakes singletrack 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.
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.