Mountain Bike Trail Report

With deer hunting season now ending, the mountain bike trails will be open for fat biking until more snow. We are hoping to maintain around 10km of trail for fat biking during the winter months. 

A great weekend on the mountain bike trails with the 24th running of the Laddies Loppet mountain bike race. Thanks to everyone who came and participated, sponsored, volunteered, and helped make it another great weekend. Coverage from Sunday and  coverage from Saturday’s racing on skinnyski.com

The current loop being maintained, rated intermediate to advanced (Sport/Comp/Expert), is around 9 miles.   The sections of singletrack on the main loop branch off the ski trail to adjust desired loop accordingly. Follow citizen signs to get directly back to lodge. The west loop or Twin Lakes singletrack is 100% intermediate to advanced singletrack and is 3 miles in length (part of the 9 mile loop) this loop can be accessed off the driveway by the wooden bridge. The sport comp expert loop is around 9 miles and features over 1200 ft of climbing on the lap. The KidsComp/ citizen loop is just under 3 miles.

The Sport/Comp/Expert loop starts lakeside by the Northern Pacific building adjacent to the Lucky’s Loype ski trail near the lakeside.  The advanced loop can also be accessed by starting left on Skaters Waltz to bypass the lakeside section. Please note that the section of trail that follow Bullhead bay is closed for riding. This section is marked off.  The majority of the Maplelag trail system runs on our property. We are riders and racers that hand built all the trail with help from other riders and racers. We maintain the trails privately with no funding or assistance but we are glad to share our dirt!  Please contact us at maplelag@arvig.net if you plan to ride or call 218-375-4466 if any questions on conditions or riding. Thanks and Enjoy!

Keep the wheels moving!!

 

Mike Hess enjoying beautiful late fall conditions. October 21st, 2014.
Mike Hess enjoying beautiful late fall conditions. October 21st, 2014.

 

Enjoying a beautiful October day on the mountain bike trail. October 19th, 2014.
Enjoying a beautiful October day on the mountain bike trail. October 19th, 2014.

 

Section of singletrack recently cleared from leaves. October 18th, 2014. We have started clearing a few sections and will do more before the snow flies.
Section of singletrack recently cleared from leaves. October 18th, 2014. We have started clearing a few sections and will do more before the snow flies.

 

 

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.

September 23rd Mountain Bike Trail Photos

Beautiful fall color on the trails

Beautiful fall color on the trails

Leafy singletrack

Leafy singletrack

 

 

September 17th MTB Trail Photos

Early fall color at trailhead

Early fall color at trailhead

Beautiful weather this week for riding

Beautiful weather this week for riding

Scattered leaves on the singletrack

Scattered leaves on the singletrack

Ski trails in great shape

Ski trails in great shape

 

 

Mike Hess finishing up the "Fargo" section of singletrack. September 9th, 2014.
Mike Hess finishing up the “Fargo” section of singletrack. September 9th, 2014.
Twin lakes singletrack, September 9th, 2014.
Twin lakes singletrack, September 9th, 2014.

 

 

 

Racing on the Maplelag mountain bike trails, August 30th, 2014.
Racing on the Maplelag mountain bike trails, August 30th, 2014. (skinnyki.com photo)

 

Start of one of the Comp class races. Laddies Loppet 2014. (skinnyski.com photo)
Start of one of the Comp class races. Laddies Loppet 2014. (skinnyski.com photo)

 

 

NW MN has started a High School mountain bike team, led by Maplelag teamer Anne Ellefson. First practice was at Maplelag. August 25th, 2014.
NW MN has started a High School mountain bike team, led by Maplelag teamer Anne Ellefson. First practice was at Maplelag. August 25th, 2014!

 

August 20th MTB Time Trial Photos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 19th Mountain Bike Trail Photos

Deep woods singletrack

Deep woods singletrack

Rock garden on Twin Lakes singletrack

Rock garden on Twin Lakes singletrack

Lakeside twin lakes

Lakeside twin lakes

Climbing "Kamikaze"

Climbing "Kamikaze"

Bear Pass singletrack

Bear Pass singletrack

 

Bente's Bump

Bente's Bump

 

 

New singletrack "Pete's Porkie"

New singletrack "Pete's Porkie"

 

 

Rider checking out the mtb course. August 14th, 2014.
Rider checking out the mtb course. August 14th, 2014.

 

August 13th MTB Time Trial Photos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 13th Mountain Bike Trail Report Photos

 

 

Lakeside on Twin Lakes singletrack

Lakeside on Twin Lakes singletrack

 

John Sandberg rolling through Pete's Porkie, new singletrack on Twin Lakes

John Sandberg rolling through Pete's Porkie, new singletrack on Twin Lakes

Tucker Hibbert coming through

Tucker Hibbert coming through

 

Tom Camp coming up from the Twin Cities for a ride on the course Saturday August 9th, 2014. Tom rode four laps of the sport/expert loop, each lap taking around 1 hour.
Tom Camp coming up from the Twin Cities for a ride on the course Saturday August 9th, 2014. Tom rode four laps of the sport/expert loop, each lap taking around 1 hour.

 

Riding the corkscrew on Twin Lakes singletrack. August 4th, 2014.
Riding the corkscrew on Twin Lakes singletrack. August 4th, 2014.

 

August 1st Mountain Bike Trail Work Photos

 

Blowing out new singletrack built last fall. Nearly overgrown completely before recent trail work.

Blowing out new singletrack built last fall. Nearly overgrown completely before recent trail work.

First time dusty conditions all year

First time dusty conditions all year

 

 

 

 

Riding on Twin Lakes singletrack. July 24th, 2014.
Riding on Twin Lakes singletrack. July 24th, 2014.

 

July 16th Mountain Bike Trail Photos

Hudson checking out the new singletrack

Hudson checking out the new singletrack

 

Fresh trail!

Fresh trail!

 

 

Before and after trail work on "Fargo" singletrack. July 18th, 2014.
Before and after trail work on “Fargo” singletrack. July 18th, 2014.

 

 

Steve and friend after a morning ride on the Maplelag course. July 3rd, 2014. A great Holiday weekend of riding on tap!
Steve and friend after a morning ride on the Maplelag course. July 3rd, 2014. A great Holiday weekend of riding on tap!

Work on new mtb singletrack, July 3rd, 2014.Work on new mtb singletrack, July 3rd, 2014.

 

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

 

New mountain bike trail work on Maplelag property, June 25th, 2014.
New mountain bike trail work on Maplelag property, June 25th, 2014.
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Blowing out “Pete’s Porkie” singletrack. New trail off the main twin lakes loop. June 25th, 2014.

 

June 20th Trail Report Photos

Singletrack riding

Singletrack riding

Top of Suicide Hill. Mowed twic already this year!

Top of Suicide Hill. Mowed twic already this year!

 

Rock garden on Bente's Bump singletrack section

Rock garden on Bente's Bump singletrack section

 

Sunshine filtering through. Seems to be rare this month!

Sunshine filtering through. Seems to be rare this month!

 

Wet area on ski trail at bottom of Toot. Brake before than stay on side until dries up.

Wet area on ski trail at bottom of Toot. Brake before than stay on side until dries up.

 

 

Twin Lakes singletrack

Twin Lakes singletrack

 

 

 

June 13th MTB Trail Photos

"Fargo" section of singletrack cleared after a two year hiatus.

"Fargo" section of singletrack cleared after a two year hiatus.

Big maple tree down on singletrack on Bente's Bump singeltrack

Big maple tree down on singletrack on Bente's Bump singeltrack

 

Clearing trees!

Clearing trees!

 

 

June 9th Mountain Bike Trail Report Photos

Ski trail riding

Ski trail riding

 

Deep woods singletrack

Deep woods singletrack

 

Grass growing on Suicide Hill but mowed today!

Grass growing on Suicide Hill but mowed today!

 

Bridge over to Twin Lakes singletrack

Bridge over to Twin Lakes singletrack

Sugarbush creek crossing

Sugarbush creek crossing

Twin Lakes singletrack

Twin Lakes singletrack

 

Evening ride on Twin Lakes singletrack. June 5th, 2014.
Evening ride on Twin Lakes singletrack. June 5th, 2014.

 

 

 

June 2nd MTB Trail Report Photos

 

Deep woods singletrack

Deep woods singletrack

Full on foliage!

Full on foliage!

 

Stefan Helgeson heading out for a afternoon ride. May 22nd, 2014.
Stefan Helgeson heading out for a afternoon ride. May 22nd, 2014.
Greg Ames loading up after a beautiful Thursday evening ride. May 22nd, 2014.
Greg Ames loading up after a beautiful Thursday evening ride. May 22nd, 2014.

 

Singletrack riding on the mountain bike course. May 14th, 2014.
Singletrack riding on the mountain bike course. May 14th, 2014.

 

May 12th Bike Trail Report Photos

Rolling through a rock section on Twin Lakes singletrack

Rolling through a rock section on Twin Lakes singletrack

The bridge on Twin Lakes singletrack

The bridge on Twin Lakes singletrack

Rolling on the ski trail. Grass slowly emerging on the trails.

Rolling on the ski trail. Grass slowly emerging on the trails.

May 8th Trail Report Photos

Twin Lakes singletrack cleared Thursday afternoon

Twin Lakes singletrack cleared Thursday afternoon

 

Bear pass singletrack on east side

Bear pass singletrack on east side

Riding on a fresh blown section of singletrack. May 7th, 2014.
Riding on a fresh blown section of singletrack. May 7th, 2014.

 

Signature moss section on the Maplelag mountain bike course. May 7th, 2014.
Signature moss section on the Maplelag mountain bike course. May 7th, 2014.

 

Blowing leaves off the singletrack. May 7th, 2014.
Blowing leaves off the singletrack. May 7th, 2014.

 

Discovering a group of snakes underneath a pile of embedded leaves! May 7th, 2014.
Discovering a group of snakes underneath a pile of embedded leaves! May 7th, 2014.