We post regular updates on our trail conditions, along with some nature observations…
Monday, October 20, 2014 - Nature
Great October weather! Long streak of sunshine days and dry weather until a welcomed rain shower last Thursday afternoon. 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! The tamarack trees are in 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 and quite a few leaves have come down since then. This year was one of the quicker transitions of fall color we can remember. However, there is still some nice autumn scenes with great colors still deep in the woods on the trails. Good to see all the folks out on the trails this weekend hiking, biking and running!
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 report) No horses and motorized equipment equipment allowed. Thanks!
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.
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
Beginning of the eclipse early morning October 8th
Blood moon over Little Sugarbush
Snow squall moving across the Little Sugarbush lake. October 3rd, 2014.
First flakes of snow for the season. October 3rd, 2014.
Bluejay surrounded by fall color. October 2nd, 2014.
Beautiful afternoon on Wavy Gravy. October 2nd, 2014.
Bluejay coming in for the landing! October 2nd, 2014.
Hudson helping out on the trails. September 30th, 2014.
Island lake ski trail. September 29th, 2014.
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.
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.
Fall color scene near the Finish Log cabin. September 25th, 2014.
Maplelag driveway near Loon Return
Morning sun lighting up the colored trees on Little Sugarbush
Morning sun lighting up maples by stone wall
Red Caboose maples
Panoramic view from lodge entrance. Hudson checking out pumpkins
Stone wall maples
Start of Sukkerbusk ski trail
Entrance to lodge
Soccer field/ski lesson area
Nice blend of fall color around slough near JibFly ski trail. September 19th, 2014.
View from west tower in lodge
Maplelag driveway near Loon Return ski trail crossing
Start of JibFly ski trail near Sukkerbusk
Stone wall in soccer field
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
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.
Potted pines ready to be planted. September 4th, 2014.
Sunrise over the Goat Ranch road
Beautiful rainbows over an area lake
Sunset over Little Sugurbush
Fog rolling off the lake this morning, thanks to temps in the lower 40′s. August 26th, 2014.
Grassy sections of ski trail in great shape and prepared for upcoming winter months!
Sukkerbusk ski trail
Skinny field mowed multiple times this summer. Used for snow farming for early season!
Colorful mushroom on the side of the trail. July 31st, 2014.
Coral like mushroom on the side of the trail. July 31st, 2014.
Top of Suicide Hill
Intersection of Loon Return and Sukkerbusk
Riding on the mountain bike trail
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.
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.
A wide variety of mushrooms, moss and lichens in the woods from the wet spring. June 27th, 2014.
New mountain bike trail work on Maplelag property
Great crop of wild roses this year
Fresh maple seedlings
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.
First yellow slippers of the year. May 29th, 2014.
Calm waters on Little Sugarbush. May 26th, 2014.
Spring has sprung!
Rainbow in the mix last nights passing rain shower
Great evening on the lake at sunset looking west
Vibrant colors to the south
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.
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.
Blood root flowers emerging from the forest floor. May 6th, 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.
Bald eagle taking in the scene on the shores of Little Sugarbush
Ready to take flight!
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
Patchy ice segments on north end