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Trail Report

Photos from spring, summer and fall!

Sukkerbusk ski trail after leaf clearing. October 18th, 2014.
Sukkerbusk ski trail after leaf clearing. October 18th, 2014. Ready for early season skiing!
Aspen trees peaking this week with beautiful autumn gold. October 14th, 2014.
Aspen trees peaking this week with beautiful autumn gold. October 14th, 2014.

 

October 8th Trail and Blood Moon Photos

Clearing leaves on Skaters Waltz ski trail. We try to clear at least 15-20km of trail between now and when the snow flies, allowing us to open these trails on 4-6" of snow.

Clearing leaves on Skaters Waltz ski trail. We try to clear at least 15-20km of trail between now and when the snow flies, allowing us to open these trails on 4-6" of snow.

 

DL CC team members heading out on the trails for a trail run

DL CC team members heading out on the trails for a trail run

 

Beginning of the eclipse early morning October 8th

Beginning of the eclipse early morning October 8th

 

Blood moon over Little Sugarbush

Blood moon over Little Sugarbush

 

 

 

Snow squall moving across the Little Sugarbush lake. October 3rd, 2014.
Snow squall moving across the Little Sugarbush lake. October 3rd, 2014.

 

First flakes of snow for the season. October 3rd, 2014.
First flakes of snow for the season. October 3rd, 2014.
Bluejay surrounded by fall color. October 2nd, 2014.
Bluejay surrounded by fall color. October 2nd, 2014.

 

Beautiful afternoon on Wavy Gravy. October 2nd, 2014.
Beautiful afternoon on Wavy Gravy. October 2nd, 2014.
Bluejay  coming in for the landing! October 2nd, 2014.
Bluejay coming in for the landing! October 2nd, 2014.

 

Hudson helping out on the trails. September 30th, 2014.
Hudson helping out on the trails. September 30th, 2014.

 

 

 

Island lake ski trail. September 29th, 2014.
Island lake ski trail. September 29th, 2014.
Start of North Loup ski trail. September 27th, 2014. Some great colors in the woods still.
Start of North Loup ski trail. September 27th, 2014. Some great colors in the woods still.

 

Group of Detroit Lakes high school students set to enjoy the beautiful fall riding conditions. September 28th, 2014.
Group of Detroit Lakes high school students set to enjoy the beautiful fall riding conditions. September 28th, 2014.

 

 

Bringing a rock back to the Maplelag grounds after clearing from the side of twin lakes ski trail. September 25th, 2014.
Bringing a rock back to the Maplelag grounds after clearing from the side of twin lakes ski trail. September 25th, 2014.

 Island lake ski trail. September 25th, 2014.

Island lake ski trail. September 25th, 2014.
Fall color scene near the Finish Log cabin. September 25th, 2014.
Fall color scene near the Finish Log cabin. September 25th, 2014.

 

September 23rd Fall Color Peak Photos

Maplelag driveway near Loon Return

Maplelag driveway near Loon Return

Morning sun lighting up the colored trees on Little Sugarbush

Morning sun lighting up the colored trees on Little Sugarbush

Morning sun lighting up maples by stone wall

Morning sun lighting up maples by stone wall

Red Caboose maples

Red Caboose maples

Panoramic view from lodge entrance. Hudson checking out pumpkins

Panoramic view from lodge entrance. Hudson checking out pumpkins

Switchyard

Switchyard

Stone wall maples

Stone wall maples

Little Sugarbush

Little Sugarbush

Maplelag driveway

Maplelag driveway

 

Start of Sukkerbusk ski trail

Start of Sukkerbusk ski trail

 

Entrance to lodge

Entrance to lodge

Soccer field/ski lesson area

Soccer field/ski lesson area

 

 

Nice blend of fall color around slough near JibFly ski trail. September 19th, 2014.
Nice blend of fall color around slough near JibFly ski trail. September 19th, 2014.

September 16th First Fall Color Photos

View from west tower in lodge

View from west tower in lodge

Maplelag driveway near Loon Return ski trail crossing

Maplelag driveway near Loon Return ski trail crossing

Start of JibFly ski trail near Sukkerbusk

Start of JibFly ski trail near Sukkerbusk

Switchyard

Switchyard

Stone wall in soccer field

Stone wall in soccer field

 

 

Fallen maple leaf with a touch of frost. September 16th, 2014.
Fallen maple leaf with a touch of frost. September 16th, 2014.

 

First frost of the year in the Maplelag ice skating rink. September 13th, 2014
First frost of the year in the Maplelag ice skating rink. September 13th, 2014

 

 

With cooler nights, the leaves have slowly started to change color. A handful of leaves already making their way to the ground. September 5th, 2014.
With cooler nights, the leaves have slowly started to change color. A handful of leaves already making their way to the ground. September 5th, 2014.

 

Tube trees ready to be planted. A mix of spruce, tamarack and Norway pine. September 5th, 2014.
Tube trees ready to be planted. A mix of spruce, tamarack and Norway pine. September 5th, 2014.
Potted pines ready to be planted. September 4th, 2014.
Potted pines ready to be planted. September 4th, 2014.

 

 

 September 1 trail photos

Sunrise over the Goat Ranch road

Sunrise over the Goat Ranch road

Beautiful rainbows over an area lake

Beautiful rainbows over an area lake

 

Sunset over Little Sugurbush

Sunset over Little Sugurbush

 

 

Fog rolling off the lake this morning, thanks to temps in the lower 40's. August 26th, 2014.
Fog rolling off the lake this morning, thanks to temps in the lower 40’s. August 26th, 2014.

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Grassy sections of ski trail in great shape and prepared for upcoming winter months!

Grassy sections of ski trail in great shape and prepared for upcoming winter months!

Sukkerbusk ski trail

Sukkerbusk ski trail

Skinny field mowed multiple times this summer. Used for snow farming for early season!

Skinny field mowed multiple times this summer. Used for snow farming for early season!

Snow berries!!

Snow berries!!

Colorful mushroom on the side of the trail. July 31st, 2014.
Colorful mushroom on the side of the trail. July 31st, 2014.

 

Coral like mushroom on the side of the trail. July 31st, 2014.
Coral like mushroom on the side of the trail. July 31st, 2014.

 

July 24th Trail Photos

Top of Suicide Hill

Top of Suicide Hill

Intersection of Loon Return and Sukkerbusk

Intersection of Loon Return and Sukkerbusk

 

Sukkerbusk

Sukkerbusk

 

Riding on the mountain bike trail

Riding on the mountain bike trail

 

 

 

Beautiful July day as seen over a slough near Roy's Run. July 3rd, 2014.
Beautiful July day as seen over a slough near Roy’s Run. July 3rd, 2014.

 

Sunset from the top of "Pete's Porkie" on south end of Twin Lakes. July 2nd, 2014.
Sunset from the top of “Pete’s Porkie” on south end of Twin Lakes. July 2nd, 2014.

 

Submerged deadfall with new life growing from it in a pond with high water. June 27th, 2014
Submerged deadfall with new life growing from it in a pond with high water. June 27th, 2014
Nice bunch of wild roses along twin lakes ski trail. June 27th, 2014.
Nice bunch of wild roses along twin lakes ski trail. June 27th, 2014.
A wide variety of mushrooms, moss and lichens in the woods from the wet spring. June 27th, 2014.
A wide variety of mushrooms, moss and lichens in the woods from the wet spring. June 27th, 2014.

June 25th Trail Report Photos 

New mountain bike trail work on Maplelag property

New mountain bike trail work on Maplelag property

Great crop of wild roses this year

Great crop of wild roses this year

Fresh maple seedlings

Fresh maple seedlings

Lots of intersting lichens and moss in woods right now

Lots of intersting lichens and moss in woods right now

 

Forest tent caterpillar. Just a handful in the woods this year. Not like some years where they are so numerous they strip the leaves of basswood and poplar trees.

Forest tent caterpillar. Just a handful in the woods this year. Not like some years where they are so numerous they strip the leaves of basswood and poplar trees.

 

First yellow slippers of the year. May 29th, 2014.
First yellow slippers of the year. May 29th, 2014.

 

Calm waters on Little Sugarbush. May 26th, 2014.
Calm waters on Little Sugarbush. May 26th, 2014.

 

May 23rd Nature Photos

Spring has sprung!

Spring has sprung!

Rainbow in the mix last nights passing rain shower

Rainbow in the mix last nights passing rain shower

Great evening on the lake at sunset looking west

Great evening on the lake at sunset looking west

Vibrant colors to the south

Vibrant colors to the south

Paul and Chaska, the weekend's weddin couple taking in the gorgeous sunset

Paul and Chaska, the weekend's weddin couple taking in the gorgeous sunset

 

Hen mallard nesting deep in the woods off the ski trail. May 20th, 2014.
Hen mallard nesting deep in the woods off the ski trail. May 20th, 2014.

 

Mallard nest deep in the woods, May 19th, 2014. Note: we stumbled across the nest by accident. Took a quick picture and happy to see the hen return and nesting today.
Mallard nest deep in the woods, May 19th, 2014. Note: we stumbled across the nest by accident. Took a quick picture and happy to see the hen return and nesting today.

 

May 14th Nature Photos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blood root flowers emerging from the forest floor. May 6th, 2014.
Blood root flowers emerging from the forest floor. May 6th, 2014.

 

Blue Jay enjoying the rare sunny day this week. April 29th, 2014.
Blue Jay enjoying the rare sunny day this week. April 29th, 2014.

 

As usual, the loons were back as soon as the ice was going off the lake. April 26th, 2014.
As usual, the loons were back as soon as the ice was going off the lake. April 26th, 2014.

April 24th Nature Photos

Bald eagle taking in the scene on the shores of Little Sugarbush

Bald eagle taking in the scene on the shores of Little Sugarbush

Ready to take flight!

Ready to take flight!

 

South end of lake ice covered mid day Thursday

South end of lake ice covered mid day Thursday

First loon of the year enjoying the open water in the middle as a seagull passes by

First loon of the year enjoying the open water in the middle as a seagull passes by

Patchy ice segments on north end

Patchy ice segments on north end

 

 

Trail Report

After a warm start to the weekend, Sunday cooling off and more seasonable temps in place.  The ice is off the lakes and have been busy with waterfowl. The trumpeter swans are happy to see the open water and excited to tell everyone about it! Waterfowl is flying all over the place as well as other migratory birds. Few trees starting to bud and grass starting to green on some of the ski trails.

The mountain bike trails are open and riding has been fantastic for early season. There is no mud or low spots with water like other years. The recent rains have actually improved the conditions. The dry fall combined with warm temps, and snow cover preventing frost from going very deep allowing for the early opening of mountain bike trails.

March 23rd Trail Report Photos

Top of Suicide Hill. Free of snow for first time since November 18th!

Top of Suicide Hill. Free of snow for first time since November 18th!

Green grass already starting to appear on Suicide!  We will begin mowing as soon as it is long, keeping it in best condition possible for the early snows!

Green grass already starting to appear on Suicide! We will begin mowing as soon as it is long, keeping it in best condition possible for the early snows!

Twin lakes free of ice. Bullhead and Island also free of ice. Little Sugarbush remains 95%  covered

Twin lakes free of ice. Bullhead and Island also free of ice. Little Sugarbush remains 95% covered

Fresh beaver cutting on oak trees near twin lakes

Fresh beaver cutting on oak trees near twin lakes

Spring contrast

Spring contrast

March 18th Trail Report Photos

Fog hovering on the lake Saturday morning

Fog hovering on the lake Saturday morning

Late season skating on the lake Saturday morning. Amazingly the surface was good before detoriating with wind and warmer temps on Sunday.

Late season skating on the lake Saturday morning. Amazingly the surface was good before detoriating with wind and warmer temps on Sunday.

Fog rolling off the lake Sunday morning

Fog rolling off the lake Sunday morning

Twin lakes singletrack in excellent condition for mountain biking for early season.

Twin lakes singletrack in excellent condition for mountain biking for early season.

Good sight lines through the woods

Good sight lines through the woods

Ski trails free of snow after weekend warmth

Ski trails free of snow after weekend warmth

Lakeside singletrack on main loop dry and excellent condition

Lakeside singletrack on main loop dry and excellent condition

Kamikaze section

Kamikaze section

Bottom of kamikaze hill on skaters waltz ski trail

Bottom of kamikaze hill on skaters waltz ski trail

Lucky's Loype ski trail

Lucky's Loype ski trail

 

March 16th Trail Report Photos

Heading out to the snow

Heading out to the snow

Suicide Hill still holding snow Friday morning for some up and down action

Suicide Hill still holding snow Friday morning for some up and down action

Skaters Waltz. Few patches of snow here and there remaining on the trails Friday morning

Skaters Waltz. Few patches of snow here and there remaining on the trails Friday morning

Intersections of  trails on double green trail. Example how we are able to ski on minimal snow

Intersections of trails on double green trail. Example how we are able to ski on minimal snow

Patches of snow on Mother North Star and Skaters Waltz

Patches of snow on Mother North Star and Skaters Waltz

Skaters Waltz

Skaters Waltz

Carlos checking out the scene in the woods. Misses the skiers!

Carlos checking out the scene in the woods. Misses the skiers!

Twin lakes singletrack in good riding condition. Dry conditions and warm temps, little frost and good snow cover allowing the trails to dry out quickly this spring

Twin lakes singletrack in good riding condition. Dry conditions and warm temps, little frost and good snow cover allowing the trails to dry out quickly this spring

 

March 14th Trail Report Photos

Section of Skaters Waltz with good coverage Wednesday afternoon making for some fun late season skiing

Section of Skaters Waltz with good coverage Wednesday afternoon making for some fun late season skiing

Carving up the last bit of snow on Suicide. Slushy snow on top of icy base, perfect combination for some good fun!

Carving up the last bit of snow on Suicide. Slushy snow on top of icy base, perfect combination for some good fun!

Another trip up Suicide Hill!

Another trip up Suicide Hill!

Enjoying the last few days of snow!

Enjoying the last few days of snow!

Skaters Waltz extension

Skaters Waltz extension

 

Picking way through a thin spot!!

Picking way through a thin spot!!

Trail Report

The trees around the lodge and cabins have hit their peak. It has been a fantastic season of fall color. Combined with the incredible late September weather, one of the best times of the year to be in the woods. We can’t recall a September that has been as tranquil, weather wise, as this one. Won’t be long until things change…FAST!  The trails in the woods still have some days until they hit their peak.

The ski trails are in excellent conditions and looking great for the winter.  We flagged a new loop for the snowshoe trail and it is now cleared and ready for snow!   All the trails that can be accessed for mowing have been mowed and we will continue to touch up until the snow starts flying!  We have also been cutting trees cleared from the ski trail and splitting for the old sauna and warming house. The mountain bike course is riding nicely and in great shape.  Latest bike trail report.

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Switchyard

Switchyard

 

Start of Sukkerbusk ski trail

Start of Sukkerbusk ski trail

 

 

Twin lakes trail at road crossing

Twin lakes trail at road crossing

Maplelag driveway

Maplelag driveway

 

 

 

One of the most scenic basketball courts in the world

One of the most scenic basketball courts in the world

 

End of September has been absolutely amazing

End of September has been absolutely amazing

 

 

 

Beach area

Beach area

 

 

 

September 23rd Trail Report Photos

 

 

 

 

Heading down the driveway to Twin Lakes. Doesn't get any better for Fall riding.

Heading down the driveway to Twin Lakes. Doesn't get any better for Fall riding.

New mountain bike trail sign

New mountain bike trail sign

 

 

September 22nd Early Fall Color Photos

 

 

Most of the smaller sloughs have dried up but this one near Bullhead lake remains high

Most of the smaller sloughs have dried up but this one near Bullhead lake remains high

Early color along Goat Ranch Rd at Skaters extension crossing

Early color along Goat Ranch Rd at Skaters extension crossing

 

Early underbrush color at end of Maplelag driveway

Early underbrush color at end of Maplelag driveway

 

Very little color change on the ski trails

Very little color change on the ski trails

Maplelag driveway

Maplelag driveway

Start of JibFly ski trail

Start of JibFly ski trail

Friends of Judy's painting retreat enjoying the eary color walking on the ski trails

Friends of Judy's painting retreat enjoying the eary color walking on the ski trails

Color near the "stone wall"

Color near the "stone wall"

 

Parking lot at Maplelag

Parking lot at Maplelag

Entrance to main lodge

Entrance to main lodge

 

Trail Report

Rain on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday totaling around 1.5″.  Rain good for the pine seedlings and giving the grass a drink. The leaves are really starting to change and some trees have already hit their peak of fall color. We are around 38% of trees hitting the peak. One of the most beautiful times of the year at Maplelag.

Great conditions to be in the woods. We flagged a new loop for the snowshoe trail and will begin clearing it for the winter.  The ski trails are in excellent condition.  All the trails that can be accessed for mowing have been mowed and we will continue to touch up until the snow starts flying!  We have also been cutting trees cleared from the ski trail and splitting for the old sauna and warming house. The mountain bike course is riding nicely and in great shape.  Latest bike trail report.

September 16th Trail Report Photos

Marking new loop for snowshoe trail

Marking new loop for snowshoe trail

Piece of birch tree suspended

Piece of birch tree suspended

Single green trail in great shape

Single green trail in great shape

 

September 14th Trail Report Photos

Sukkerbusk trail

Sukkerbusk trail

Hazy conditions in the back bowl from smoke from the north shore fires Tuesday morning

Hazy conditions in the back bowl from smoke from the north shore fires Tuesday morning

Carlos checking out the trails

Carlos checking out the trails

New snowshoe trail sign

New snowshoe trail sign

New mountain bike trail signs. Posted at major intersections and labeled for either Citizen/Beginner loop or Sport/Expert more advanced loop

New mountain bike trail signs. Posted at major intersections and labeled for either Citizen/Beginner loop or Sport/Expert more advanced loop

 

 

Double green trail. Overall the ski trails are in excellent condition

Double green trail. Overall the ski trails are in excellent condition

 

Signs of Fall!

Signs of Fall!

 

Frost on the roof Wednesday morning being burned off by morning sun

Frost on the roof Wednesday morning being burned off by morning sun

Grass touched by frost Wednesday morning

Grass touched by frost Wednesday morning

 

 

Leaves slowly changing each day

Leaves slowly changing each day

Early color by the Brant cabin

Early color by the Brant cabin

 

 

Trail Report

A wet start to the week with over an inch of rain on Monday and light showers on Tuesday morning. The woods have exploded big time as far as greening and the leaves coming out. Lot of new wild plants and flowers coming to life. Cooler temps middle of the week last week slowing things down a bit but beautiful time in the woods. The mountain bike course is riding nicely and in good shape. Latest bike trail report. Spring is in full swing with wildlife quite active and birds filling the forest with chirps and calls.

 

Yellow lady slippers latest wild flower to bloom in the woods around Maplelag.

 

 

May 25th Trail Report Photos

 

Woods exploding this week with leaves!

Woods exploding this week with leaves!

Lucky's Loype seeing green action

Lucky's Loype seeing green action

Pair of loons on the edge of Little Sugarbush

Pair of loons on the edge of Little Sugarbush

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lucky's Loype

Lucky's Loype

Pigs feet on Suicide HIll

Pigs feet on Suicide HIll

Mountain bike singletrack near bear creek pass.

Mountain bike singletrack near bear creek pass.

 

Weaving through the poplars on Twin Lakes singletrack

Weaving through the poplars on Twin Lakes singletrack

 

Grass growing good at end of Twin and Island lake trails. Soon we will begin mowing the trails, preparing them for winter!

Grass growing good at end of Twin and Island lake trails. Soon we will begin mowing the trails, preparing them for winter!

Twin Lakes singletrack

Twin Lakes singletrack