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Mountain Bike Trail Report

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!

Wooden berm on new trail, Bjorp’s Stump, July 12th, 2020.
Berm/dirt work on Bootleg trail, July 10th, 2020.
Beautiful evening ride, July 9th, 2020.
Trail tuning, July 9th, 2020. We continue to tune on the course weekly on random segments of trail.
Trail tuning, July 9th, 2020
Wood berm feature added to new trail “Bjorp’s Stump”, July 7th, 2020.
Keith putting the finishing touches on feature added to the new trail Bjorp’s Stump, July 7th, 2020.
Air time on the singletrack! July 5th, 2020.
Lush conditions on the singletrack as seen at access to Twin Lakes, July 5th, 2020.
Berm action on new trail, “Bjorps Stump”, July 3rd, 2020.
Bridge crossing on Bootleg trail, creek running gently from recent rain. July 1st, 2020.
Berm action on Bootleg, July 1st, 2020.
Great riding the last day of June! Keep the wheels moving as bugs are bad when stopping!
Riding on the new trail “Bjorp’s Stump”, June 26th, 2020.
Rock feature on new trail “Bjorp’s Stump”, a ride around option possible. June 26th, 2020.
Rock garden on Moorhead, June 26th, 2020.
Great midweek riding! June 25th, 2020.
Twin Lakes rock garden, June 25th, 2020.
Excellent surface conditions, June 23rd, 2020.
Corner on Twin Lakes singletrack before brushing, June 23rd, 2020.
Fern Gully segment on Bootleg singletrack, June 20th, 2020.
Twin Lakes singletrack, June 20th, 2020.
Rock feature on new singletrack, Bjorp’s Stump! June 20th, 2020.
Fargo Singletrack segment in great riding condition after brushing and clearing this week, June 18th, 2020.
Before brushing out overgrown area on Fargo Singletrack, June 18th, 2020.
Bear Pass singletrack brushed and cleared this week, June 18th, 2020. Stay high left on bottom part.
Beautiful riding conditions Saturday morning, June 13th, 2020.
Bootleg creek crossing, June 13th, 2020.
Lush forest surrounding the trail, June 13th, 2020.
“Fern Gully” on Bootleg singletrack loop, June 12th, 2020.
Brushing out overgrown areas on Lakeside drop segment, June 9th, 2020.
Signage for start of new “Bjorp’s Stump” singletrack, June 6th, 2020.
Look for mushrooms along the trail!
Mowing on Suicide Hill, ski trail segment of bike course. All ski trail segments mowed today, June 4th, 2020.
Hudson’s Hula segment on the Twin Lakes singletrack after blowing out,, June 3rd, 2020.
Ski trail segment, June 3rd, 2020. The woods are very green!
Rolling on the ski trail, May 29th, 2020.
Navigating Twin Lakes garden… reverse direction! May 29th, 2020.
Nature scene along the singletrack on Bente’s Bump singletrack, May 29th, 2020.
Be on the look for wild flowers exploding in the woods. May 29th, 2020.
Deep lush woods singletrack, warm temps and rain bring the forest to life! May 27th, 2020.
Rolling on the mossy ski trails, May 25th, 2020.
Navigating the singletrack, May 25th, 2020.
Navigating the singletrack, May 25th, 2020.
Twin Lakes singletrack, May 25th, 2020.
Flora exploding in recent days as seen on Twin Lakes singletrack, May 23rd, 2020.
Rolling down ski trail start of course, May 23rd, 2020.
Bootleg singletrack lakeside, May 23rd, 2020.
Bootleg singletrack, May 22nd, 2020.
Checking out new trail “Bjorg’s Stump”, May 21st, 2020.
Ferns emerging from the forest floor on “Fern Gully” segment on Bootleg singletrack, May 20th, 2020.
Twin Lakes singletrack, May 20th, 2020.
Twin Lakes singletrack, May 20th, 2020.
New singletrack “Bjorg’s Stump”, May 20th, 2020.
Spring flowers along a creek crossing on Bootleg trail, May 17th, 2020.
Optional line rock feature on new Bjorg’s Stump singletrack, May 17th, 2020.
Spring scene along the bike trail, May 17th, 2020.
Twin Lakes singletrack, May 13th, 2020. The main loop of Twin Lakes blown free of leaves in the afternoon.
Twin Lakes singletrack lakeside, May 12th, 2020.
Hudson’s Hula segment, Twin Lakes singletrack, May 12th, 2020.
Mossy edges, May 12th, 2020.
Testing out new trail “Bjorg’s Stump”, May 10th, 2020.
Navigating rock garden on new “Moorhead” singletrack, May 10th, 2020.
Berm action on new trail “Bjorg’s Stump”. May 10th, 2020.
Snowy singletrack ride, May 9th, 2020.
Testing berm on new trail build “Bjorg’s Stump”, May 5th, 2020.
Rolling through Twin Lakes rock garden, May 3rd, 2020.
Early evening lakeside, April 29th, 2020.
Steve navigating rock garden on new “Moorehead” singletrack, April 29th, 2020. Steve helped build some of the original singletrack the first year of mountain biking at Maplelag back in 1990. Still riding strong 30 years later!
Wayne rolling through, April 29th, 2020.
Jacob and Tyler out on trail, April 26th, 2020.
Working on new trail “Bjorg’s Stump”. April 27 2020. This new 1.25 mile loop will branch of the existing original singletrack on the main loop and will also be accessed off the gravel road “Goat Ranch Rd.”. We hope to complete the trail and open for riding by late May.
Berm tuning on Bootleg loop, April 27th, 2020.
Bridge on Bootleg, April 26th, 2020.
Mossy ski trail on inner loop, April 25th, 2020.
Berm action on Bootleg loop, April 25th, 2020.
Bridge crossing on Bootleg loop, April 25th, 2020.
Tuning berms on Bootleg loop, April 24th, 2020.
Dirt season opener! Twin Lakes lakeside, April 23rd, 2020.
Bootleg singletrack loop, April 23rd, 2020.
Bootleg singletrack, April 23rd, 2020.
Bridge segment, inner loop, April 23rd, 2020.
Bootleg singletrack, April 23rd, 2020.
Rock garden on new “Moorhead” singletrack loop. April 23rd, 2020. This new loop is marked off the existing inner loop with “Sport/Comp/Expert” sign.
Twin Lakes lakeside, April 23rd, 2020.
Clearing leaves off the singletrack, April 20th, 2020.

Checking out a fresh blown section of singletrack, April 20th, 2020.
Lakeside singletrack, April 20th, 2020.
Frozen singletrack with dusting of snow on top, April 13th, 2020.
Rock solid rock garden on new “Moorhead” singletrack, April 13th, 2020.
Frozen hard deck making early dirt riding possible, Bootleg singletrack April 12th, 2020.
Bridge crossing Bootleg singletrack, April 12th, 2020.
Frozen hard deck making early dirt riding possible, Bootleg singletrack April 12th, 2020.
Frozen singletrack ride, April 10th, 2020.
Last winter ride of the year? Dusting of snow on top of frozen deck making for one more ride, April 9th, 2020.
Testing out a wooden berm that will be added to new trail built last fall, April 2nd, 2020.
Thanks Keith for building! April 1st, 2020.