Mountain Bike Trail Report

Spectacular September riding in place. The course is in great shape with the dirt surface the best of the year. The races over Labor Day weekend really “rode in” the track, especially on the new trails. Intermittent showers the past few weeks keeping the dirt “magic” and not muddy or greasy.

Leaves are slowly starting to come down as we transition to fall but we will clear off select trails during the week. Bjorps, and SukkerWest cleared Wednesday September 15th. Today we plan to clear out Moorhead and Hudson’s Hula. Fargo singletrack cleared on Wednesday the 8th and Bullhead Bootleg loop cleared Friday the 10th.

Be sure to check this report for days we plan to clear singletrack to enjoy primo conditions! The mountain bike trails will continue to be open until November 1st, weather permitting. We will leave the signage up for Citizen, Sport, Comp and Expert and the LagChilada signs remain in place for the LagChilada challenge. (Nice job to the riders competing in the races and completing the challenge this past weekend!)

Fantastic Labor Day weekend for the Laddies Loppet. Thanks everyone who came to the race. Race recap click here.

Fall colors coming to life amongst the mountain bike trails, September 14th, 2021.
Rolling through “North Loup Gnar” trail, September 14th, 2021.
Great dirt on “Bullhead Bootleg” singletrack, September 14th, 2021.
Transition segment on the bike course from singletrack to ski trail, September 10th, 2021. Primo riding surface!
“Fargo” singletrack, September 9th, 2021. Recently blown out and cleared of leaves.
Signs for the Laddies Loppet course.

Trail head is at flagpole near main lodge. Look for signs that have “Citizen/Sport/Comp/Expert” or named singletrack segments. There are also red signs at key intersections and pink signs for the LagChilada loop challenge. 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 (6.5 miles) which provides options to try the more advanced singletracks segments. The sport loop (11miles) is more intermediate, cutting out the more expert sections. The expert loop is around 15 miles. Note: this distances are accurately based on wheel sensor readings. GPS will not record the whole track due to the thick canopy forest and twisty nature of the trail.

The two way “North Loup Gnar” trail can be accessed of county road 110 just to the east of Maplelag driveway. Bullhead 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.

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)

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.

Start of the “Kids Comp” race, Laddies Loppet XC, September 4th, 2021.
Enjoying the primo dirt on Sunday afternoon post racing, September 5th, 2021.
Short track racing action, September 5th, 2021.