Beautiful fall weather in place. Leaves starting to change more and more each day. Cooler weather back in place with a touch of frost Thursday morning.
We have been mowing select ski trails and continue clearing deadfall etc. Overall a wet summer with around 16″ of rain the past 7-8 weeks.
Even though we are closed due to “COVID” we have been busy mowing on the ski trails preparing for the winter, clearing deadfall off the trails and cutting firewood for the wood burning stoves, planting trees and also working on the mountain bike trails. For latest updates on the mountain bike trail conditions, click here.Trails are closed to horse and motorized travel.
We will continue to update the trails page with photos with updates as we transition from fall and prepare for winter.
Trails are open. Surface conditions mix of dry/tacky. Great fall riding in place. Toot, Fargo and Moorhead singletrack cleared with leaf blower Monday, bridge section, starter loop cleared on Tuesday and Bente’s Bump and Toot Singletrack cleared on Wednesday.
We have been clearing on the trails almost daily the past two weeks to stay on top of the wind events. As always, use caution if venturing out.
Good job to all the riders completing the LagChilada challenge the past few weeks! The challenge is simply to ride most of trail system on a loop created on Strava in one ride/day. We have special custom t-shirts for anyone that completes this challenge. More details or contact us at 218-849-7669 for more information if interested.
The lodge is closed and no services are available. Park in the far parking lot where blue recycling dumpsters are located and ride. Porta bathroom available. Trails are closed to horses and motorized equipment.
Trailhead starts near the flagpole in the middle of the cabins for the inner loop. Twin Lakes singletrack loop can be accessed from the driveway. Bootleg singletrack loop is accessed to the east from Hiway 34. Look for orange Maplelag tape at entrance and ride the loop clockwise for Bootleg. For all other trails, look for red signs and white signs for Kids Comp/Citizen (beginner) and Sport/Comp/Expert (intermediate/advanced) options. The Maplelag trails are old school/classic cross country with many slow tech features with roots and rocks. There are beginner segments but most of the riding is intermediate/expert rating. Latest trail map, new map to be released this fall.
Three new loops of trail completed this spring and summer on the Maplelag property now open. “Bjorp’s Stump” (1.75 miles) is accessed off the sport comp expert loop and “SukkerWest” (.4miles) is accessed from the end of the driveway. Look for signage. Phase one of “North Loup Gnar”, a loop across the Goat Ranch rd on Maplelag property features many “slow tech” features. We will work on phase two this fall. The phase one loop is just under 2 miles.
There is no trail fee at this time but ask folks to donate to offset trail maintenance costs and property taxes by purchasing a $15 summer pass on our website. The Maplelag trails are self funded on private property and do not receive any grants or outside funding. We love to mountain bike and are happy and glad to share the trail with others!
As the landscape continues to change, day by day, our anticipation for winter grows. We appreciate those that have reached out regarding the status of Maplelag and have made reservations for this upcoming winter season.
We are accepting new reservations for the upcoming season and continue to hold all existing reservations. We will be sending deposit letters out in later September. We understand people might not be comfortable making a deposit with the uncertainty that lies ahead but like always, we will honor all deposits fairly based on changes with occupancy and accommodating guests this winter. We rely on the deposit revenue to maintain operations and this fall will be especially critical with the loss of business from cancelling so many events during this pandemic.
The Maplelag family is all-encompassing; we are guests, staff, friends, neighbors, partners, and community. Our family and our Maplelag family (guests) is our life. We are going to do everything we can to protect their health, safety, livelihoods, and trust.
As these times remain uncertain, we are closely monitoring advisories and updates regarding COVID-19 from the CDC, WHO, MDH, OSHA and a variety of healthcare and regulatory organizations. We are prepared to make changes as necessary to our protocols and procedures. The safety and health of our guests and staff are our top priority while maintaining balance.
An exact plan has not been set or put in place as we are still months away from winter operations but we know we will most likely have to have less occupancy. At this point it does not look like we will be able to host ski teams for ski camps.
We will most likely not have the hot tub, sauna or steam room in operation. There will be adjustments in serving food and other lodge services. We will continue to update this page with latest plans and of course we ask anyone with specific questions to reach out. Thank you and be well!
We have made the decision to cancel this years 30th Laddies Loppet mountain bike race weekend and postpone the 30th celebration until next year. The health, comfort, and safety of our staff and guests has always been our number one priority.
The Laddies Loppet weekend is a very special event to us as we have been hosting for 30 year, meeting so many wonderful people along the way and forging life long friendships and meeting new people each year. We look forward to the same for our 31st year of mountain biking at Maplelag in 2021 hosting the 30th Laddies Loppet!
We continue to have the “LagChilada” challenge in place and the mountain bike trails remain open daily for riding until early November. More details on the LagChilda can be found here. As we enter some of the best months of the season to ride, stay tuned for information on group rides, tech lessons and feel free to reach out if interested in a guided ride. 218-849-7669.
Thank you to everyone that has supported the Laddies Loppet and mountain biking at Maplelag. Keep the wheels moving!
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