A gorgeous week of Fall conditions giving way to rain on Thursday and Friday morning with just under 1.5″ of total precipitation. Friday afternoon turning in to a spectacular end to the day with the brilliant sunshine and deep blue skies accentuating the fall colors. We are at our peak of Fall color around Maplelag with a nice mix of green, yellows, orange and a few reds. The cool temps this September has pushed the Fall color along with many trees past their peak now and falling from the frost and cold temps on Saturday and wind today. This is one of the most gorgeous times of the year in the woods with the leaves changing daily and nice temps for working on the trails. We have been mowing on the ski trails and clearing deadfall and also making great progress on the new singletrack by twin lakes ski trails.
The trails are open for mountain biking, hiking, and trail running throughout the fall until the snow flies. The next event on the trails will be the Pumpkin Run. The trails are closed to horses and motorized use. There is no charge to use the trails. The mtb course starts near the Great Northern Cabin and is marked for beginners to advanced riders. Follow the white signs with black arrows. The singletrack sections are labeled easier or more difficult/advanced. The advanced loop is around 7.4 miles, taking 40 min to 1.5 hrs to complete. We also have a new mountain bike trail near twin lakes. Follow the twin lakes ski trail and look for the mountain bike trail signs. The trail is a work in progress but folks are welcome to ride to the end and back or take ski trail back. Currently the trail is about 2 miles and takes 15-25 minutes to complete one way. Please park in the parking lot by the first freight house as you enter the Maplelag property. The other mowed ski trails are open for riding as well. Enjoy!