The woods and trails are very lush and green after rainfall measuring about 8″ the last three weeks. Another .2″ today, the 14th. We have been mowing select ski trails and continue clearing deadfall etc. The spring and start of summer had been very dry with only around 1″ of precipitation. The recent rain and warmer temps exploding the forest floor with flora. Many different wildflowers coming out throughout the summer.
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 enjoyed the last of the snow skiing the entire Twin Lakes loop on April 7th for the last official ski of the year.
We will continue to update the trails page with photos and text as we transition to spring and summer.
Trails open! Damp conditions from morning rain. Drying out now, riding be good in the afternoon. Bugs are out (deer flies)…keep the wheels moving! We are tuning on the Twin Lakes singletrack today. Overall the course is riding very good thanks to steady maintenance this summer.
We have a low key challenge in place, called the “LagChilada Challenge”. The challenge is simply to ride the entire trail system in one ride/day. We are collaborating with a local business to provide a t-shirt for anyone that completes this challenge. We are keeping track of everyone that has completed the challenge so far. More details or contact us at 218-849-7669 for more information if interested.
We have been working on three new trail loops called “Bjorp’s Stump”, “SukkerWest” and “North Loup Gnar”. We have the first two loops fully completed and open to ride. Bjorp’s Stump is accessed off the sport comp expert loop and SukkerWest is accessed from the end of the driveway. Look for signage. We continue to work when we can on “North Loup Gnar”, a loop across the Goat Ranch rd on Maplelag property that will feature many “slow tech” features. We hope to complete this loop late summer.
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. There are beginner segments but most of the riding is intermediate/expert rating.
There is no trail fee at this time but ask folks to donate to offset trail maintenance costs and property taxes by purchasing a 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 fall and winter grows. We appreciate those that have reached out regarding the status of Maplelag and have made reservations for this upcoming winter season! This gives us hope and encouragement. (More information on winter reservations below) We continue to keep positive and control the things we can control, physically and mentally.
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.
We are accepting new reservations for the upcoming season and continue to hold all existing reservations. We will be sending deposit letters out later this summer, like usual. 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. 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.
A decision on hosting this years race will be made on August 1st, if not earlier. We are working with all officials and monitoring guidelines and regulations on how to handle the event safely and responsibly with the current COVID situation. The health and safety of all is number one priority.
We have a low key challenge in place called the “LagChilada”. This is an opportunity to ride all trails at Maplelag on one ride/day. A the end of the challenge (October 15th), all participants will receive a free t-shirt! More information here.
We have a low key challenge in place, called the “LagChilada Challenge”. The challenge is simply to ride the entire mountain bike trail system in one ride/day! With racing on hold for now, the challenge provides an opportunity to test skill and endurance. The total mileage including the connector to Bullhead Bootleg is around 21 miles. There is a specific Strava segment but the Challenge can be completed riding all trails at various sequence. If not on Strava, simply contact us to share your ride information. The Strava segment starts with the Expert starter loop and continues on riding all the singletrack segements, staying to the right including access to Bootleg than back on the main loop using the connector. After the main loop segments, cross over to Twin Lakes for the singletrack loop than back across the road to finish!
We are collaborating with a local business to create a t-shirt and give to anyone that completes this challenge. The Challenge will run until October 15th. Later this fall, we hope to have a get together to recognize riders that completed the challenge and celebrate 30 years of mountain biking at Maplelag! We are keeping track of everyone that has completed the challenge so far (photos below of some of those riders). Contact Jay at 218-849-7669 if any questions. We will also have Maplelag team members available to guide riders on limited days and times. Contact to set up a time.
There is no fee to enter the challenge other than the season pass which is also open for anyone interested in helping out with trail maintenance to keep the self funded Maplelag trail in best riding condition possible. Riders assume all responsibilities and actions when riding knowing unmarked obstacles exist and conditions can change at anytime.
Riders that have completed the challenge:
Greg Ames, James Burg, Ben Olson, Bryan Schoenberger, Bob Tolliver, Steve Hausman, Ryan Schutte, Peder Arneson, Steve Wenzel, Matt Engen, Wayne Carlson, Keith Moors, Jake Richards
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