Happy Memorial Day! Trails are open. Another night of a few sprinkles overnight basically settling the dust and keeping the deck in great riding condition with a hardpack/tacky surface. A great Memorial day of riding is in place! Good seeing the new faces out on Saturday and the local riders on Sunday! We cleared and blew out on most of the course this week after wind earlier in the week.
The woods have really filled out the past week making for lush green deep woods forest scenes. A few trees and organic forest matter coming down from wind earlier in the week we have been clearing this week. We have also blown out select segment of trail this week along with a little dirt work.
We have been clearing out singletrack segments as needed after the entire course was cleared out earlier this year. We also 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.
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 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.
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 are also on TrailForks.
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.