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Mountain Bike Trail Report


Trails are open. Good to very good early season riding conditions and a great weekend of riding on tap with dry/tacky surface. Just a few minor low areas soft. One of the best times of the year to ride with great sight lines, no bugs and pleasant temps. Rainfall this week was minimum and only enhanced the surface deck and accentuated the forest floor. We have been clearing on the trail the past few weeks and have cleared the entire course with the leaf blowers.

Most of the course has been marked and signed.

We are working on a new trail map and should have completed by June 1st. Click here for link to old maps. The main trail head is near the resort with other trails accessible from the driveway, county road 110 and hiway 34 for the Bullhead Bootleg loop. We will also have the LagChilada challenge in place again for this season. Pink signs will be placed marking the course.

Great dirt and great riding, May 20th, 2022.
Beautiful morning and conditions, May 20th, 2022.
Twin Lakes crossing, May 18th, 2022.
Moss coming to life along the the singletrack, May 18th, 2022.
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Rolling through “Fargo” singletrack, May 15th, 2022.
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Beautiful day and riding on the mountain bike trails, May 14th, 2022.
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Bullhead Bootleg singletrack, May 14th, 2022.
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Moss coming to life this week on the trails, May 14th, 2022.

Trail Report

Pleasant spring weather for a special time of the year when the woods and forest come back to life after the long winter. Total rainfall this week around .12″. Woods starting to come vibrant after warmer temps moving in. The first wildflowers and greenery sprouting from the forest floor. Leaves are the trees budding and slowly beginning the process to come full circle. More birds migrating in and fun to see scarlet tanagers in the forest recently. We have been clearing on the trails and also planting trees for spring trail work.

Ice off Little Sugarbush lake on May 6th.

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

Fresh bloom along the ski trail, May 20th, 2022.
Spring sunset, May 18th, 2022.
Marsh marigolds blooming this week, May 18th, 2022.
Scene at Twin Lakes crossing, May 18th, 2022.
Scarlet tanager sighted multiple times yesterday, May 14th, 2022.
Bellwort flower exploding on the forest floor the past few days, May 14th, 2022.
Moss coming to life on the ski trails, May 12th, 2022.
High water at start of JibFly, May 10th, 2022.
Enjoying the fresh bloom, May 10th, 2022.
Last remains of a tree stump, May 11th, 2022.
Maple tree burl along Rootin Tootin trail, May 11th, 2022.
Seedling on the singletrack, May 10th, 2022.
Nature scene in the woods May 10th, 2022.
Moss along the freshly cleared mountain bike trail, May 10th, 2022.
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Tree planting this week, May 9th, 2022. Every year Maplelag plants from hundreds to thousands of trees with nearly a half million trees planted since the beginning.

Trail Report

Pleasant spring weather. Woods starting to come to life after warmer temps moving in. The first wildflowers and greenery sprouting from the forest floor. Leaves are the trees budding and slowly beginning the process to come full circle. More birds migrating in and fun to see scarlet tanagers in the forest Saturday. We have been clearing on the trails and also planting trees for spring trail work.

Ice off Little Sugarbush lake on May 6th.

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

Beautiful spring day as seen from Mother North Star trail looking towards Kohlepp’s slough, May 14th, 2022.
Scarlet tanager sighted multiple times yesterday, May 14th, 2022.
Bellwort flower exploding on the forest floor the past few days, May 14th, 2022.
Moss coming to life on the ski trails, May 12th, 2022.
High water at start of JibFly, May 10th, 2022.
Enjoying the fresh bloom, May 10th, 2022.
Last remains of a tree stump, May 11th, 2022.
Maple tree burl along Rootin Tootin trail, May 11th, 2022.
Seedling on the singletrack, May 10th, 2022.
Nature scene in the woods May 10th, 2022.
Moss along the freshly cleared mountain bike trail, May 10th, 2022.
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Tree planting this week, May 9th, 2022. Every year Maplelag plants from hundreds to thousands of trees with nearly a half million trees planted since the beginning.
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Maplelag creek flowing strong after another inch of rain, May 9th, 2022.
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Ice going off Little Sugarbush, May 6th, 2022.
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Little Sugarbush lake, May 4th, 2022. 97% ice covered but starting to melt out quick!
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Ruffed grouse on the Maplelag driveway, May 2nd, 2022.
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May snow! Dusting of white on the decks, May 2nd, 2022.
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First signs of new foliage on the forest floor, May 2nd, 2022.
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Trumpeter swans enjoying small area of open water on Little Sugarbush lake, May 1st, 2022.

Mountain Bike Trail Report

Trails are open. Good to very good early season riding conditions. Dry/tacky surface, just a few low areas soft. One of the best times of the year to ride with great sight lines, no bugs and pleasant temps. Some of the low areas softer and holding water on select segments but represent a small portion of the whole course and easy to ride around. We have been clearing on the trail the past few weeks and have most of the course cleared with the leaf blowers.

Best loops to ride include the starter loop, (Feeling Lucky and Lakeside) Bears Pass, Bentes Bump, North Loup and Bullhead Bootleg. Twin Lakes is rideable, bit softer.

We are in the process of putting out signs and course tape to mark the trails which will take a few weeks to complete, weather permitting.

We are working on a new trail map and should have completed by June 1st. Click here for link to old maps. The main trail head is near the resort with other trails accessible from the driveway, county road 110 and hiway 34 for the Bullhead Bootleg loop. We will also have the LagChilada challenge in place again for this season. Pink signs will be placed marking the course.

Rolling through “Fargo” singletrack, May 15th, 2022.
Beautiful day and riding on the mountain bike trails, May 14th, 2022.
Bullhead Bootleg singletrack, May 14th, 2022.
Moss coming to life this week on the trails, May 14th, 2022.
Twin Lakes rock garden, May 14th, 2022.
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Bear Pass singletrack, May 12th, 2022.
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“Bente’s Bump” singletrack, May 11th, 2022.
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Low area on “Bjorp’s” singletrack holding water, May 11th, 2022. Ride around on edge to connect to dry segment again.
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Clearing on “Fargo” singletrack, May 10th, 2022.
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Moss along the Twin Lakes singletrack, May 10th, 2022.
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Tree planting along the bike course, May 9th, 2022.