Trail Report

This month of September will go down as one of the most spectacular ever at Maplelag! The fall colors have been some of the best we can ever remember and the weather has been amazing to boot. With no hard frost or freeze, lack of major wind and rain, the leaves have been staying on longer than usual after the peak over the weekend. Windy and dry conditions on Tuesday bringing many leaves down but still some fantastic fall scenes. The oak, poplar and tamarack trees are still 4-8 days from changing and should provide some nice color into October.

Great to see everyone out on the trails this past weekend hiking, walking, biking and taking a lot of pictures! It truly was a special weekend.

We are focused on having the ski trails in tip top shape going into the winter. We will be on the trails daily, weather permitting, with final mowing and clearing leaves etc. throughout the fall right up until the frost sets in and snow flies.

The mountain bike trails are open for riding. We will continue maintaining the trails, and will be open, weather permitting, until November 1st. 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!

Golden scene on Mother North Star ski trail, September 28th, 2021. Many leaves falling down today!
South slough on Mother North Star, September 28th, 2021. Tamarack trees in the middle still a week or so from their autumn gold.
Late afternoon sun highlighting maples near the Finnish Log cabin, September 27th, 2021.
Sap Run ski trail after leaf clearing, September 27th, 2021. With the thick canopy of leaves at Maplelag, it will be a month long process to keep clear.
Leaf clearing on Sukerbusk, September 27th, 2021. We will continue clearing leaves on all the trails throughout the fall. The main trails, such as Sukkebusk, we try to have completely free of leaves before the snow flies. Have a smooth and clear as possible deck allows us to be skiing on minimal snow.
Fall color scene lakeside lodge, September 26th, 2021.
View of Little Sugarbush Lake from the wood fired sauna, September 26th, 2021.
These three maples have outperformed this year compared to other years which indicates, to us, the special fall color season it has been this year. September 26th, 2021.
Sunrise kayak on Island lake near Wavy Gravy ski trail, September 26th, 2021.
Late afternoon scene looking towards the lodge, September 26th, 2021.
Switchyard at Maplelag, September 26th, 2021.
Leaf clearing on the Maplelag trails is a non stop process from now until November, weather permitting. September 25th, 2021.
Start of the ski trails to the south, September 25th, 2021.
Twin Lakes ski trail, September 26th, 2021.
Golden hour color on Sukkerbusk ski trail, September 23rd, 2021.
Trail head, September 23rd, 2021.
Tamarack trees in the slough surrounded by fall color, September 23rd, 2021. Along with the poplar trees standing tall, will change in October.
Mother North Star ski trail, September 23rd, 2021.
Switchyard scene September 22nd, 2021.
Golden hour near the basketball court, September 22nd, 2021.
Another incredible September evening, September 21st, 2021.
View from lodge dining room over lake, September 21st, 2021.
Switchyard scene, September 21st, 2021.
Maplelag driveway, September 21st, 2021.
Bullhead Bootleg mountain bike trail, September 21st, 2021.
Fantastic fall color around the cabooses, September 21st, 2021.
Fall color scene around the orange cabooose, September 19th, 2021.
Fall grooming on Mother North Star trail, September 19th, 2021. Thanks Swanston Equipment of Fargo for the demo over the weekend!