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Mountain Bike Trail Report

Trails are open. Dry/hardpack conditions. No recent rain. Watch for a few corners being loose, scattered organic matter, otherwise very nice riding.

We continue to fine tune the course to provide the best riding conditions possible with dirt work, brushing and blowing out trail.

This spring we widened bridges on the Bootleg loop, added a few wooden features on the new trails, dirt work on select areas and planted a couple hundred trees along the course. We will continue tuning the trail throughout the spring and summer and blowing out trail as needed. Click here for trail pass

Great seeing new folks and the locals alike out this season. Rider traffic helps compress the deck and ride in the lines! Nice job to all the riders competing the LagChilada challenge so far this year.

Trail head is at flagpole near main lodge. Look for white signs that have “Beginner/Sport/Comp/Expert” or named singletrack segments. There are also red signs at key intersections and pink signs for the LagChilada loop challenge. We have also taped off most intersections. The two way “North Loup Gnar” trail can be accessed of county road 110 just to the east of Maplelag driveway. Bootleg loop accessed from county road 26 via the gravel road 110. Please park in the first parking lot where the recycling bins are located. The main lodge is closed, no services available. Park and ride! Any questions on riding etc., contact Jay at 218-849-7669.

The Maplelag trails are classic “old school” trails, first built in 1990, mirrored off the courses used for racing to provide training opportunities for local racers and feature some of the more technical areas of cross country riding in the Midwest. We hosted a race that fall of 1990 and continue to run an event on Labor day weekend call the Laddies Loppet.

For first timers to Maplelag, best trails first to start on would be Sukkerwest at end of driveway and Feeling Lucky near main start area. Also the Citizen loop which provides options to try the more advanced singletracks segments.

Trails listed on TrailForks. (Please note some routes were added by riders not associated with Maplelag, in particular the lakeside areas but all trails and intersections are marked)

We will be hosting the Laddies Loppet this Labor day weekend. More details available here.

Trail fees are appreciated to help offset trail work, signage and hopefully a new map. These are major expenses and we receive no grants outside funding for the privately maintained trails at Maplelag. Click here for most recent map. (Note: There are a few reroutes on the map but everything will be tapped off. No riding allowed on AMA land and please stay on designated trails at all time. Assume all risk and take responsibility for your actions) We are working on a new trail map that will feature many new trails built last summer and fall.

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Sunrise ride on Twin Lakes singletrack, July 27th, 2021.
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Bridge crossing on Bullhead Bootleg singletrack, July 27th, 2021.
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Twin Lakes singletrack, July 27th, 2021.
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Rolling through on Twin Lakes, July 24th, 2021. Great weekend of riding after rain Friday night, fresher air and a tightening track!
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Dirt work on corner on Twin Lakes singletrack this week, July 22nd, 2021.
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Sunset ride, July 15th, 2021.
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Sharpening the McCloud tool for another day of trail tuning! Great job Keith on all the trail work. July 12th, 2021.
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Another good week of tuning on portions of the trail, July 8th, 2021.
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Bridge segment on Twin Lakes singletrack, July 5th, 2021.
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Ski trail segment on bike course, July 5th, 2021.
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Rolling through “North Star” singletrack, July 1st, 2021.
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Rolling through the rock garden on “North Loup Gnar” singletrack, July 1st, 2021.
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Great conditions on Bullhead Bootleg loop, June 30th, 2021.
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Keith rolling through new berm work earlier in the week, June 27th, 2021.
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North Loup Gnar, June 27th, 2021.
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Original lakeside singletrack, June 25th, 2021. Most of the drops/berms tuned this week. Nice work Keith!

Trail Report

We have been busy mowing, brushing and clearing windfall from wind events. We consistently work on the trails to have in best condition possible before the snow flies. Overall the trails are in great shape!

Wildflowers have been popping out nicely this spring and summer and really exploded when we had hot and warm conditions late May and early June. Many sights and sounds of nature including the frogs, birds and waterfowl in one of the most active times of year for wildlife. Eagles hatching in the eagles nest near the western trails. Bear sign on Twin Lakes and Bullhead area and many deer moving through the woods on the singletrack trails. This spring we also planted 100’s of trees and clearing on the trails as part of our regular forest management.

The mountain bike trails are open for riding. There are no services in the main lodge. Meal service and lodging closed at this time. The Maplelag trails are closed to horse travel and motorized vehicles.

Maplelag is enrolled in the fee based MN DNR Woodland Stewardship Program as part of conservation efforts and forest management. Please consider donating to our Maplelag Conservation Legacy program to help offset these increased costs. Thank you!

Summer grooming on North Loup trail, July 29th, 2021.
Another beautiful summer sunset over Sugarbush, July 25th, 2021.
Moon over Maplelag! July 23rd, 2021.
Another fresh cutting/summer grooming on Suicide Hill, July 19th, 2021.
Summer grooming on Mother North Star ski trail, July 18th, 2021.
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Sunset with a extra tinge of orange as a result of hazy skies from wildfire smoke in Canada, July 13th, 2021.
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Aspen leaf and snow moth! July 12th, 2021.
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Clearing deadfall on the trails, July 8th, 2021.
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Interesting finds inside the log! July 8th, 2021.
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Ski trail segment on the mountain bike course, July 5th, 2021. Lush and green thanks to steady precipitation the last three weeks.
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Water lily on shore of Little Sugarbush, July 5th, 2021.
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Skaters Waltz ski trail, June 28th, 2021.
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More mushrooms coming to life with recent moisture, June 28th, 2021.
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Wild Iris flower along North Star trail, June 26th, 2021. Just a handful of flowers blooming in this location every year.
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Fresh bear track on Twin Lakes, June 28th, 2021.
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Summer trail work, mowing and clearing deadfall, June 24th, 2021.
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Late afternoon scene at Twin Lakes crossing, June 21st, 2021.
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Super Solstice Strawberry moon over Sugarbush June, 21st, 2021.
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Another beautiful summer sunset over Sugarbush! June 12th, 2021.
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Skaters Waltz ski trail, June 10th, 2021. This of many unique sections of trail we do not mow until the first frost in the fall.
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Second mowing on Suicide Hill for the season, June 9th, 2021.
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Summer grooming on Sap Run, June 9th, 2021.
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Colorful sunset over Sugarbush, June 7th, 2021.
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Tranquil scene on Little Sugarbush, June 2nd, 2021.
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Loon on Little Sugarbush, June 2nd, 2021.
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Mowing on the ski trails, June 1st, 2021. We mow on the trails throughout the summer right up until the ground freezes and first snows!
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Rain droplets on a fallen maple leaf, June 1st, 2021. Overall has been a very dry spring and start to the summer.
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Fresh bloom along the ski trail, May 30th, 2021.
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Morning frost in the switchyard, May 28th, 2021.
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Tamarack trees budding in the local sloughs, May 26th, 2021.
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Loading logs! Clearing deadfall off the trails, May 26th, 2021.
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Clearing on the mountain bike singletrack, May 26th, 2021.
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Another Sugarbush sunset, May 26th, 2021.
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Ferns popping up this week as seen along Bootleg singletrack, May 25th, 2021.
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Beautiful morning scene across Bullhead lake, May 25th, 2021.
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Trail tuning on the mountain bike singletrack, May 25th, 2021.
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Yellow slippers blooming over the weekend, May 23rd, 2021.
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Woods have really filled out the past few days as seen along the mountain bike trail on Twin Lakes, May 23rd, 2021.
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Columbine flowers blooming this weekend, May 23rd, 2021.
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Sukkerbusk ski trail, May 19th, 2021. Woods have really come to life the past few weeks with lush green scenes.
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Maplelag “snow” tree active with bees the past few days, May 19th, 2021.
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“Pig’s feet” wild flowers blooming on the ski trails, May 17th, 2021.
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Another beautiful spring sunset over Suguarbush! May 16th, 2021.
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Maple seedling coming to life, May 13th, 2021.
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Marsh marigolds blooming in recent days, May 12th, 2021.
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Beautiful evening on the mountain bike trail, May 11th, 2021. Forest floor starting to come to life!
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Beautiful spring day hiking on the Twin Lakes singletrack, May 9th, 2021.
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Golden top morning! Sunlight hitting the top of the trees on the west side of Little Sugarbush Lake, May 5th, 2021.
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Creek scene along the “Bootleg” singletrack, May 2nd, 2021.
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Maple leafs starting to pop out, May 2nd, 2021.
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Moss covered rocks on the Bootleg creek, May 2nd, 2021.
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Potted pines ready to be planted at Maplelag! April 30th, 2021. We will also be planting numerous seedlings as well.
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Scene in the Ice skating rink, April 29th, 2021.
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Moon set, April 29th, 2021.
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Clearing large oak that fell recently from wind event, April 26th, 2021. Split wood to be used for the saunas and wood burning stoves at Maplelag.

Mountain Bike Trail Report

Trails are open. Great riding conditions in place. Rain early Saturday morning helped freshen up the deck, drying out again with hardpack conditions. Few corners loose otherwise very nice riding.

We continue to fine tune the course to provide the best riding conditions possible with dirt work, brushing and blowing out trail.

This spring we widened bridges on the Bootleg loop, added a few wooden features on the new trails, dirt work on select areas and planted a couple hundred trees along the course. We will continue tuning the trail throughout the spring and summer and blowing out trail as needed. Click here for trail pass

Great seeing new folks and the locals alike out this season. Rider traffic helps compress the deck and ride in the lines! Nice job to all the riders competing the LagChilada challenge so far this year.

Trail head is at flagpole near main lodge. Look for white signs that have “Beginner/Sport/Comp/Expert” or named singletrack segments. There are also red signs at key intersections and pink signs for the LagChilada loop challenge. We have also taped off most intersections. The two way “North Loup Gnar” trail can be accessed of county road 110 just to the east of Maplelag driveway. Bootleg loop accessed from county road 26 via the gravel road 110. Please park in the first parking lot where the recycling bins are located. The main lodge is closed, no services available. Park and ride! Any questions on riding etc., contact Jay at 218-849-7669.

The Maplelag trails are classic “old school” trails, first built in 1990, mirrored off the courses used for racing to provide training opportunities for local racers and feature some of the more technical areas of cross country riding in the Midwest. We hosted a race that fall of 1990 and continue to run an event on Labor day weekend call the Laddies Loppet.

For first timers to Maplelag, best trails first to start on would be Sukkerwest at end of driveway and Feeling Lucky near main start area. Also the Citizen loop which provides options to try the more advanced singletracks segments.

Trails listed on TrailForks. (Please note some routes were added by riders not associated with Maplelag, in particular the lakeside areas but all trails and intersections are marked)

We will be hosting the Laddies Loppet this Labor day weekend. More details available here.

Trail fees are appreciated to help offset trail work, signage and hopefully a new map. These are major expenses and we receive no grants outside funding for the privately maintained trails at Maplelag. Click here for most recent map. (Note: There are a few reroutes on the map but everything will be tapped off. No riding allowed on AMA land and please stay on designated trails at all time. Assume all risk and take responsibility for your actions) We are working on a new trail map that will feature many new trails built last summer and fall.

Sunrise ride on Twin Lakes singletrack, July 27th, 2021.
Bridge crossing on Bullhead Bootleg singletrack, July 27th, 2021.
Twin Lakes singletrack, July 27th, 2021.
Rolling through on Twin Lakes, July 24th, 2021. Great weekend of riding after rain Friday night, fresher air and a tightening track!
Dirt work on corner on Twin Lakes singletrack this week, July 22nd, 2021.
Sunset ride, July 15th, 2021.
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Sharpening the McCloud tool for another day of trail tuning! Great job Keith on all the trail work. July 12th, 2021.
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Another good week of tuning on portions of the trail, July 8th, 2021.
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Bridge segment on Twin Lakes singletrack, July 5th, 2021.
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Ski trail segment on bike course, July 5th, 2021.
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Rolling through “North Star” singletrack, July 1st, 2021.
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Rolling through the rock garden on “North Loup Gnar” singletrack, July 1st, 2021.
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Great conditions on Bullhead Bootleg loop, June 30th, 2021.
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Keith rolling through new berm work earlier in the week, June 27th, 2021.
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North Loup Gnar, June 27th, 2021.
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Original lakeside singletrack, June 25th, 2021. Most of the drops/berms tuned this week. Nice work Keith!

Trail Report

A much welcomed half inch of rain early Saturday morning, dry and pleasant summer weather the remainder of the weekend. We have been busy mowing, brushing and clearing windfall from wind events. We consistently work on the trails to have in best condition possible before the snow flies. Overall the trails are in great shape!

Wildflowers have been popping out nicely this spring and summer and really exploded when we had hot and warm conditions late May and early June. Many sights and sounds of nature including the frogs, birds and waterfowl in one of the most active times of year for wildlife. Eagles hatching in the eagles nest near the western trails. Bear sign on Twin Lakes and Bullhead area and many deer moving through the woods on the singletrack trails. This spring we also planted 100’s of trees and clearing on the trails as part of our regular forest management.

The mountain bike trails are open for riding. There are no services in the main lodge. Meal service and lodging closed at this time. The Maplelag trails are closed to horse travel and motorized vehicles.

Maplelag is enrolled in the fee based MN DNR Woodland Stewardship Program as part of conservation efforts and forest management. Please consider donating to our Maplelag Conservation Legacy program to help offset these increased costs. Thank you!

Another beautiful summer sunset over Sugarbush, July 25th, 2021.
Moon over Maplelag! July 23rd, 2021.
Another fresh cutting/summer grooming on Suicide Hill, July 19th, 2021.
Summer grooming on Mother North Star ski trail, July 18th, 2021.
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Sunset with a extra tinge of orange as a result of hazy skies from wildfire smoke in Canada, July 13th, 2021.
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Aspen leaf and snow moth! July 12th, 2021.
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Clearing deadfall on the trails, July 8th, 2021.
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Interesting finds inside the log! July 8th, 2021.
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Ski trail segment on the mountain bike course, July 5th, 2021. Lush and green thanks to steady precipitation the last three weeks.
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Water lily on shore of Little Sugarbush, July 5th, 2021.
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Skaters Waltz ski trail, June 28th, 2021.
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More mushrooms coming to life with recent moisture, June 28th, 2021.
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Wild Iris flower along North Star trail, June 26th, 2021. Just a handful of flowers blooming in this location every year.
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Fresh bear track on Twin Lakes, June 28th, 2021.
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Summer trail work, mowing and clearing deadfall, June 24th, 2021.
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Late afternoon scene at Twin Lakes crossing, June 21st, 2021.
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Super Solstice Strawberry moon over Sugarbush June, 21st, 2021.
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Another beautiful summer sunset over Sugarbush! June 12th, 2021.
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Skaters Waltz ski trail, June 10th, 2021. This of many unique sections of trail we do not mow until the first frost in the fall.
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Second mowing on Suicide Hill for the season, June 9th, 2021.
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Summer grooming on Sap Run, June 9th, 2021.
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Colorful sunset over Sugarbush, June 7th, 2021.
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Tranquil scene on Little Sugarbush, June 2nd, 2021.
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Loon on Little Sugarbush, June 2nd, 2021.
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Mowing on the ski trails, June 1st, 2021. We mow on the trails throughout the summer right up until the ground freezes and first snows!
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Rain droplets on a fallen maple leaf, June 1st, 2021. Overall has been a very dry spring and start to the summer.
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Fresh bloom along the ski trail, May 30th, 2021.
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Morning frost in the switchyard, May 28th, 2021.
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Tamarack trees budding in the local sloughs, May 26th, 2021.
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Loading logs! Clearing deadfall off the trails, May 26th, 2021.
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Clearing on the mountain bike singletrack, May 26th, 2021.
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Another Sugarbush sunset, May 26th, 2021.
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Ferns popping up this week as seen along Bootleg singletrack, May 25th, 2021.
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Beautiful morning scene across Bullhead lake, May 25th, 2021.
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Trail tuning on the mountain bike singletrack, May 25th, 2021.
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Yellow slippers blooming over the weekend, May 23rd, 2021.
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Woods have really filled out the past few days as seen along the mountain bike trail on Twin Lakes, May 23rd, 2021.
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Columbine flowers blooming this weekend, May 23rd, 2021.
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Sukkerbusk ski trail, May 19th, 2021. Woods have really come to life the past few weeks with lush green scenes.
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Maplelag “snow” tree active with bees the past few days, May 19th, 2021.
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“Pig’s feet” wild flowers blooming on the ski trails, May 17th, 2021.
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Another beautiful spring sunset over Suguarbush! May 16th, 2021.
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Maple seedling coming to life, May 13th, 2021.
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Marsh marigolds blooming in recent days, May 12th, 2021.
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Beautiful evening on the mountain bike trail, May 11th, 2021. Forest floor starting to come to life!
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Beautiful spring day hiking on the Twin Lakes singletrack, May 9th, 2021.
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Golden top morning! Sunlight hitting the top of the trees on the west side of Little Sugarbush Lake, May 5th, 2021.
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Creek scene along the “Bootleg” singletrack, May 2nd, 2021.
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Maple leafs starting to pop out, May 2nd, 2021.
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Moss covered rocks on the Bootleg creek, May 2nd, 2021.
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Potted pines ready to be planted at Maplelag! April 30th, 2021. We will also be planting numerous seedlings as well.
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Scene in the Ice skating rink, April 29th, 2021.
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Moon set, April 29th, 2021.
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Clearing large oak that fell recently from wind event, April 26th, 2021. Split wood to be used for the saunas and wood burning stoves at Maplelag.

Mountain Bike Trail Report

Trails are open. Conditions remain dry and hardpack. Despite the dry conditions the deck is maintaining integrity with just a few corners loose and overall everything is riding great. Deer flies are out but not as bad this year compared to other July’s. Keep the wheels moving!

We continue to fine tune the course to provide the best riding conditions possible with dirt work, brushing and blowing out trail.

This spring we widened bridges on the Bootleg loop, added a few wooden features on the new trails, dirt work on select areas and planted a couple hundred trees along the course. We will continue tuning the trail throughout the spring and summer and blowing out trail as needed. Click here for trail pass

Great seeing new folks and the locals alike out this season. Rider traffic helps compress the deck and ride in the lines! Nice job to all the riders competing the LagChilada challenge so far this year.

Trail head is at flagpole near main lodge. Look for white signs that have “Beginner/Sport/Comp/Expert” or named singletrack segments. There are also red signs at key intersections and pink signs for the LagChilada loop challenge. We have also taped off most intersections. The two way “North Loup Gnar” trail can be accessed of county road 110 just to the east of Maplelag driveway. Bootleg loop accessed from county road 26 via the gravel road 110. Please park in the first parking lot where the recycling bins are located. The main lodge is closed, no services available. Park and ride! Any questions on riding etc., contact Jay at 218-849-7669.

The Maplelag trails are classic “old school” trails, first built in 1990, mirrored off the courses used for racing to provide training opportunities for local racers. and feature some of the more technical areas of cross country riding in the Midwest. We hosted a race that fall of 1990 and continue to run an event on Labor day weekend call the Laddies Loppet.

For first timers to Maplelag, best trails first to start on would be Sukkerwest at end of driveway and Feeling Lucky near main start area. Also the Citizen loop which provides options to try the more advanced singletracks segments.

Trails listed on TrailForks. (Please note some routes were added by riders not associated with Maplelag, in particular the lakeside areas but all trails and intersections are marked)

We will be hosting the Laddies Loppet this Labor day weekend. More details available here.

Trail fees are appreciated to help offset trail work, signage and hopefully a new map. These are major expenses and we receive no grants outside funding for the privately maintained trails at Maplelag. Click here for most recent map. (Note: There are a few reroutes on the map but everything will be tapped off. No riding allowed on AMA land and please stay on designated trails at all time. Assume all risk and take responsibility for your actions) We are working on a new trail map that will feature many new trails built last summer and fall.

Dirt work on corner on Twin Lakes singletrack this week, July 22nd, 2021.
Sunset ride, July 15th, 2021.
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Sharpening the McCloud tool for another day of trail tuning! Great job Keith on all the trail work. July 12th, 2021.
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Another good week of tuning on portions of the trail, July 8th, 2021.
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Bridge segment on Twin Lakes singletrack, July 5th, 2021.
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Ski trail segment on bike course, July 5th, 2021.
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Rolling through “North Star” singletrack, July 1st, 2021.
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Rolling through the rock garden on “North Loup Gnar” singletrack, July 1st, 2021.
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Great conditions on Bullhead Bootleg loop, June 30th, 2021.
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Keith rolling through new berm work earlier in the week, June 27th, 2021.
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North Loup Gnar, June 27th, 2021.
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Original lakeside singletrack, June 25th, 2021. Most of the drops/berms tuned this week. Nice work Keith!
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Recent rain bringing the mossy areas to life, June 21st, 2021.
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Twin Lakes singletrack, June 20th, 2021. Damp start to the day after rain on Sunday but drying out nicely. The rain on Sunday will make for great conditions this week!
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Twin Lakes rock garden, June 20th, 2021. Easier option around to the right before the rock garden. Also a easier line to the left.
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Twin Lakes singletrack, June 19th, 2021.
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Start of Moorhead singletrack, June 19th, 2021.
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Rolling through on Bootleg singletrack, June 19th, 2021.
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Rolling through on Bootleg singletrack, June 19th, 2021.
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Bear pass singletrack, June 19th, 2021.
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Lagchilada Sunday for Ben! Bjorp’s singletrack, June 13th, 2021.
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Wood feature on Bjorp’s, June 13th, 2021.
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Bridge crossing on “North Loup Gnar”, June 12th, 2021.
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Before brushing on North Loup Gnar, June 12th, 2021.
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After!!