Mountain Bike Trail Report

Mountain bike trails are open. Conditions are excellent for early season. Surface is mostly dry with tacky areas on the low and north facing segments. Pleasant temps, no bugs and great sight lines make it one of the best times of the year to ride! Forest is starting to fill out more and more each day making it a special time to be in the woods.

We have been clearing out singletrack segments as needed after the entire course was cleared out earlier this year. We are also widening 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.

Great seeing new folks and the locals alike out this season. Rider traffic helps compress the deck and ride in the lines!

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. 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 have set a new course for the LagChilada mountain bike challenge, riding all the trails in one ride! Click here for more detail The course is marked at key intersections with pink “LagChilada” signs.

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

New season passes will be available in a few weeks. 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.

Another beautiful spring evening for riding! May 13th, 2021. Leaves filling out more and more each day, forest floor coming to life and the deck is dry and hard. Usually we don’t see the clay turn white until August!
“Hudson’s Hula” segment on the Twin Lakes singletrack, May 11th, 2021. Incredible early season riding continues!
Moss lined singletrack, May 11th, 2021.
Turning a corner on the new loop “Feeling Lucky”. May 10th, 2021. It has been great having all the early season riders to help ride in lines and help us make adjustments to improve the trail after identifying rider patterns.
Signs for the LagChilada mountain bike challenge loop are being placed at the key intersections. May 10th, 2021. Start at the new loop “Feeling Lucky”.
Jacob rolling along lakeside singletrack, May 9th, 2021.
Hitting the singletrack! May 9th, 2021.
Start of Bootleg singletrack, May 8th, 2021.
Bente’s Bump singletrack, May 8th, 2021.
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Sunny Saturday on the singletrack! Group of local riders all smiles after completing the Bootleg singletrack loop, May 1st, 2021.
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Fun Friday! Always welcome and love seeing new riders on the trail, adventuring off the beaten paths to check out new places to ride. April 30th, 2021.