Trail Reports

Webcam

We post regular updates on our trail conditions, along with some nature observations…

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - Nature

Great October weather! Long streak of sunshine days and dry weather. A light rain shower Wednesday evening basically setting the dust and helping break down the fallen leaves. The dry weather has been great for working in the woods, fine tuning the trails including clearing leaves off the trail. We have made good progress on the leaf clearing and will continue right up until the  snow flies for real! We try to clear 20-25 km of trail so we can be skiing on these trails with minimal snowfall.

The tamarack trees are just past their peak, the only coniferous tree to loose its needles along with the aspen trees. Great swamp scenes in the woods right now.

We hit our peak of fall color around September 23rd, enjoyed a beautiful few weeks of autumn scenes but now with wind and freezing nights, most of the leaves have come down. This year was one of the quicker transitions of fall color we can remember.

Has been a great autumn for our fall tree planting project where we plant potted and tube trees. In the spring we planted over 5000 seedlings. We have been planting for over 40 years with over 100,000  trees planted on the Maplelag property.

The sunrises and sunsets this time of year are some of the best of the year and we have been treated with some great scenes this fall so far.

We have been mowing and clearing deadfall off the trails, preparing them for winter and working on the mountain bike trail.  We have also been “sanitizing” the ski trails, clearing rocks, roots and filling in low spots.  The trails are in fantastic shape for the first part of October!

The mountain bike trail is open.  (click here for latest mountain bike trail reportNo horses and motorized equipment equipment allowed. Thanks!

 

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.

 https://plus.google.com/photos/117475008862763984699/albums/6050046084526284913

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

 

 

Weather


Click for Callaway, Minnesota Forecast

User-Submitted Trail Reports

Event Calendar

October 2014
S M T W T F S
 1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031 

Upcoming Events

Facebook

Twitter