Mountain Bike Trail Report

Trails are open! No rain from storms that rolled through, just a little wind that brought down a little forest matter. Riding is super after the races this past weekend, track is ridden in and buffed!

Great weekend of riding and racing for the Laddies Loppet. Thanks to everyone that came.   Saturday cross country racing for Laddies Loppet. (click here for coverage on Skinnyski)   Sunday Short Track (click here for coverage on skinnyski.com)

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.

September 1st MTB Trail Report Photos

Singletrack Thursday afternoon after "buffing" The entire course will be blown out by early  Friday afternoon. Windy conditions will bring a few leaves down after otherwise the track is in great shape for race weekend!

Singletrack Thursday afternoon after "buffing" The entire course will be blown out by early Friday afternoon. Windy conditions will bring a few leaves down after otherwise the track is in great shape for race weekend!

Corner/berm tuned. Dry surface!

Corner/berm tuned. Dry surface!

Tacky in the low spots making for excellent grip!

Tacky in the low spots making for excellent grip!

"Bente's Bump" singletrack segment

"Bente's Bump" singletrack segment

Ski trail start

Ski trail start

 

Keith Moors on course this week

Keith Moors on course this week

Twin Lakes rock garden. Tuned earlier this week.

Twin Lakes rock garden. Tuned earlier this week.

Northwest Composite school cycling team on the trail for a evening practice. August 28th, 2017.
Northwest Composite school cycling team on the trail for a evening practice. August 28th, 2017.
Riders lined up before Tuesday night time trial, August 22nd, 2017.
Riders lined up before Tuesday night time trial, August 22nd, 2017.

 

Riders from the Alexandria MTB team checking out the course, August 22nd, 2017.
Riders from the Alexandria MTB team checking out the course, August 22nd, 2017.

 

Rolling down the bridge section. August 22nd, 2017.
Rolling down the bridge section. August 22nd, 2017.
Blowing out the singletrack, August 22nd, 2017. We will blow out the entire course again just days before race weekend as leaves are starting to fall.
Blowing out the singletrack, August 22nd, 2017. We will blow out the entire course again a few days before race weekend as leaves are starting to fall.

August 16th MTB Trail Report Photos

The clippers may be small the but work performed is huge. Thanks Denny for your help this week!

The clippers may be small the but work performed is huge. Thanks Denny for your help this week!

It has been a great week for berm work, soil is damp and packs nicely.

It has been a great week for berm work, soil is damp and packs nicely.

August 10th MTB Trail Work Report Photos

Working on new trail on the Maplelag property off the existing main loop. We hope to have this new loop open for riding within a few weeks, weather and conditions permitting, and part of the race course this year.

Working on new trail on the Maplelag property off the existing main loop. We hope to have this new loop open for riding within a few weeks, weather and conditions permitting, and part of the race course this year.

 

 

 

Members of the Northwest Composite Cycling team practicing on the course, August 7th, 2017.
Members of the Northwest Composite Cycling team practicing on the course, August 7th, 2017.

August 4th and 5th MTB Trail Report Photos

Team rider Ben Olson training on course, August 4th, 2017.

Team rider Ben Olson training on course, August 4th, 2017.

 

Heading out for a Saturday ride. August 5th, 2017.

Heading out for a Saturday ride. August 5th, 2017.

 

 

 

Trail work, August 3rd, 2017.
Trail work, August 3rd, 2017.

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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