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Fall Meal Service

October 14, 2022 4:00 pmtoOctober 16, 2022 8:00 am

We will be open to the public for meals the weekends of October 7-9 and 14-16 by reservation only. Pricing varies on meal but lunch is around $15 and supper $22-25. Tip and beverage/coffee/cookie bar included. Please contact us at least 12 hours prior if possible. Please email maplelag@arvig.net to make reservations or any inquires.

Meal times are 8:30 12:30 6:30 served family style. Come hike, bike (or just eat) and enjoy the change of seasons and a delicious home cooked meal before or after!

Friday Evening Menu: Pan Fried Walleye Meal with local wild rice

Saturday Lunch Menu: Home Made Chicken Noodle Soup with Grilled Ham and Cheese, double fudge brownies

Saturday Evening Menu: Slow Cooked Cranberry Roasted Beef Brisket meal

Sunday Scanadianvian Smorgasbord

Gluten Free and Vegetarian options available

Platter of Maplelag’s famous pan fried walleye ready to be served

Fall Meal Service

October 7, 2022 3:00 pmtoOctober 16, 2022 9:00 am

We will be open to the public for meals the weekends of October 7-9 and 14-16 by reservation only. Pricing varies on meal but lunch is around $15 and supper $22-25. Tip and beverage/coffee/cookie bar included. Please contact us at least 12 hours prior if possible. Please email maplelag@arvig.net to make reservations or any inquires.

Meal times are 8:30 12:30 6:30 served family style. Come hike, bike (or just eat) and enjoy the change of seasons and a delicious home cooked meal before or after!

Friday Evening Menu: Pan Fried Walleye Meal with local wild rice

Saturday Lunch Menu: Home Made Chicken Noodle Soup with Grilled Ham and Cheese, double fudge brownies

Saturday Evening Menu: Slow Cooked Cranberry Roasted Beef Brisket meal

Sunday Scanadianvian Smorgasbord

Gluten Free and Vegetarian options available

Platter of Maplelag’s famous pan fried walleye ready to be served

Mountain Bike Trail Report

Trails Open! A great weekend of riding on tap. This week we cleared the starter loop on the inner system, the original Twin Lakes loop to the west, Fargo and Bjorp’s singletrack, Today we plan to clear out Hudson’s Hula singletrack, Moorhead singletrack and the Twin Lakes bridge segment.

Last week we blew out the second half of Twin Lakes that includes Hudson’s Hula and the bridge loop, Feeling Lucky, Bullhead Bootleg and North Loop Gnar singletrak loops/segments. Leaves are coming down fast now but overall great fall riding in place.  

We will blow leaves off the course every 7-10 days on various segments the month of September and October than trails close early November for the dirt season. 

Click here for new map online. The main trail head is near the resort with other trails accessible from the driveway for the Twin Lakes and Sukkerwest loops, county road 110 and hiway 34 for the Bullhead Bootleg loop. Trailforks is also a great resource to use for identifying the Maplelag mountain bike trails. 

Twin Lakes has a “sport” option to bypass the first part that has more roots that leads to Hudson’s Hula loop which is rolling great the end of summer. Feeling Lucky, SukkerWest and the Citizen loop good starter trails/loops for first time riders to Maplelag.

We also have pink signs out for the LagChilada challenge which is one continuous ride of the entire trail system, about 25 miles.

Summer pass can be purchased here. The passes helps offset maintenance costs. The Maplelag trails are privately owned and operated and we receive no grants or assistance for operating.

Click here for information on the Laddies Loppet mountain bike race weekend.

By riding at Maplelag, assume all risk and responsibility for any changing conditions that may alter the riding surface.

Rolling through “Bjorp’s” singletrack, cleared earlier in day. September 29th, 2022.
Ramp feature on Bjorp’s Singletrack, September 29th, 2022.
Rolling over rock feature on Bjorp’s singletrack, September 29th, 2022.
Heading into Fargo singletrack after being cleared earlier in the day, September 28th, 2022.
Twin Lakes clearing, September 27th, 2022.
Heading out for a early evening ride among beautiful fall color, September 26th, 2022.
Rolling through Hudson’s Hula, September 24th, 2022.
Rolling through Hudson’s Hula singletrack segment on Twin Lakes loop, September 22nd, 2022.
North Loop Gnar segment rolling great after leaf clearing today, September 23rd, 2022.
Feeling Lucky freshly cleared today, September 23rd, 2022.
Leaf clearing at end of Twin Lake singletrack, September 22nd, 2022. We will continue to clear select segments during the fall.
Twin Lakes bridge loop riding superb after leaf clearing earlier in the day, September 21st, 2022.
Rolling through “Moorhead” rock garden, September 19th, 2022. Fantastic conditions for late September! 
Ski trail portion of bike course. September 18th, 2022. Still very “green” in the woods for late September. We are 5-6 days behind the usual peak of fall color at Maplelag. 
Twin Lakes rock garden, September 18th, 2022.
Saturday riders, September 17th, 2022. Always good to see first time riders on course! 
Sun popping out periodically on Saturday, September 17th, 2022.
Rolling through Twin Lakes Singletrack, September 16th, 2022.
Rolling through the “Moorhead” Singletrack, September 8th, 2022.
Thumbs up from Sam Elson out on trail today, September 8th, 2022.
Great riding Monday, September 5th, 2022. One of the best times of the year to ride are the days after the mountain bike race weekend!
Short track awards ceremony, September 4th, 2022. Incredible weather over the weekend making for fantastic riding conditions. 
Maplelag team member Steve Wenzel rolling through the “Moorhead” rock garden, September 3rd, 2022. Steve has competed in every race since 1990!
Start of the Kids Competitive cross country, September 3rd, 2022.
Sunday short track racing action, September 4th, 2022. (Matt Johnson photo)

Trail Report

Slightly warmer temps moving in end of the week for the weekend after the first frost of the season Wednesday morning. Quick moving shower on Thursday afternoon resulting in .09″ of rain.

Beautiful fall colors started to emerge more and more each day with some trees around the lodge and cabins close to their peak. The woods still very lush and green with not as much color as seen around the lodge. 

Mountain bike trails are open, weather permitting. Click on the mountain bike report for latest conditions. Trails are closed to horses and motorized use.

It has been busy summer and start to fall on the ski and mountain bike trails mowing/brushing and constantly clearing deadfall and cutting/splitting firewood. We will continue working on the trails up until the snow flies! A few storms and wind events this summer bringing down the usual amount of trees, no structural damage to any buildings. Overall, the summer has been slightly above precipitation with average temperatures at Maplelag making for great conditions for trail work.

Fall color scene in the switchyard, September 29th, 2022.
Last climb on Twin Lakes ski trail, September 29th, 2022.
Fall color across from the Brant cabin, September 29th, 2022.
Rock wall at Maplelag, September 29th, 2022.
First frost of the year, September 28th, 2022.
Fall grooming on Skaters Waltz ski trail, September 27th, 2022.
Enjoying the spectacular fall colors via early evening bicycle ride, September 26th, 2022.
Maplelag Driveway, September 26th, 2022.
Fall color morning scene in the Switchyard September 26th, 2022.
Sunrise over Island lake, September 26th, 2022.
Fall grooming on Sap Run trail, September 23rd, 2022.
Marshmallow mushroom! 
Sukkerbusk ski trailhead, September 22nd, 2022.
Fall color scene on the Maplelag driveway, September 21st, 2022.
Fall color scene along Mother North Star trail, September 21st, 2022.
Mountain bike Singletrack, September 21st, 2022. We randomly clear segments during the fall. Check the bike trail report for latest report.
Fall color appearing along the Maplelag driveway, September 18th, 2022.
Early fall color near the caboose, September 18th, 2022.
Mother North Star ski trail, September 18th, 2022. Woods still very green for this time of year at Maplelag. Typically the peak deep in the woods will be later 
First phase of fall grooming and leaf clearing this week, September 14th, 2022.
Twin Lakes ski trail, September 14th, 2022.
Fall color flowers at Twin Lakes crossing, September 14th, 2022.
Touch of fall color around the lodge, September 8th, 2022.
Final awards ceremony on Sunday, September 4th. Incredible weather for the Laddies Loppet mountain bike race weekend!