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Trail Report

Damp weather in place after a period of dry weather. Total rainfall since Friday morning less than a half inch. Fall is here and signs of it are appearing more and more each day. The leaves should really begin to transform the next 7-10 days and we are expecting a spectacular fall color season thanks to the above average moisture from last winter continuing with weekly rain all throughout the summer and this early fall. 

Couldn’t of asked for better weather for the annual Laddies Loppet mountain bike race over Labor Day weekend. Thanks everyone that came to the event! 

It has been busy summer 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.

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

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!
Sukkerbusk ski trail, August 30th, 2022.
Another unique mushroom along the trail, August 30th, 2022.
First signs of fall present on the forest floor, August 28th, 2022.
Mountain bike Singletrack, August 28th, 2022.
Mountain bike Singletrack, August 28th, 2022.
Members of the local HS MTB team “NW Wolves” out for a practice ride, August 22nd, 2022.
Forest floor staying vibrant with the wide variety of mushrooms sprouting the past few weeks. August 20th, 2022.
Today’s explosion of mushrooms, August 19th, 2022. Has been incredible summer of lichens, moss and mushrooms thanks to consistent moisture this summer. 
Abundant milkweed in Roy’s field off of Skaters Waltz extension, August 17th, 2022.
More wild mushrooms popping up along the ski trails the past few days, August 7th, 2022.
Sunset on Little Sugarbush, August 7th, 2022.
Another beautiful summer sunset, August 2nd, 2022.
Mowing the big hill on Bullhead lake trail, July 21st, 2022.
Leafy carpet on Skaters Waltz, July 21st, 2022.
Summer grooming on Sukkerbusk ski trail, July 15th, 2022.
Basswoods blooming this week and bees arriving almost instantly, July 13th, 2022.
Water lilies blooming on Little Sugarbush this week, July 13th, 2022.

Mountain Bike Trail Report

Trails open. A much welcomed rain shower this morning. Conditions have been very dry otherwise. Track will be rideable when not raining. Trails are open. A few leaves starting to come down otherwise excellent riding. Fantastic fall riding should continue on through the weekend. Get out for some of the best riding of the season!

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 the “Moorhead” Singletrack, September 8th, 2022.
Twin Lakes 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)