Warmer temps bringing the forest floor to life with a nice assortment of wildflowers and the underbrush exploding to life the past few days. Leaves are expanding daily and the woods are getting greener each day. No significant precipitation the past 4-6 weeks but the soil is moisture laden a few inches down. Many sights and sounds of nature including the frogs, birds and waterfowl in one of the most active times of year for wildlife.
We have been working on the trails, clearing deadfall and tuning the mountain bike trails.This spring we are also planting trees and clearing on the trails along with regular forest management.
mountain bike trails are open for riding. There are no services in the main lodge. Meal service and lodging closed at this time. The Maplelag trails are closed to horse travel and motorized vehicles.
Ice off the area lakes April 3rd. True to form, the loons returned. The lake is busy with waterfowl enjoying the solitude before summer lake activity.
Maple seedling coming to life, May 13th, 2021.
Marsh marigolds blooming in recent days, May 12th, 2021.
Beautiful evening on the mountain bike trail, May 11th, 2021. Forest floor starting to come to life!
Beautiful spring day hiking on the Twin Lakes singletrack, May 9th, 2021.
Golden top morning! Sunlight hitting the top of the trees on the west side of Little Sugarbush Lake, May 5th, 2021.
Creek scene along the “Bootleg” singletrack, May 2nd, 2021.
Maple leafs starting to pop out, May 2nd, 2021.
Moss covered rocks on the Bootleg creek, May 2nd, 2021.
Potted pines ready to be planted at Maplelag! April 30th, 2021. We will also be planting numerous seedlings as well.
Scene in the Ice skating rink, April 29th, 2021.
Moon set, April 29th, 2021.
Clearing large oak that fell recently from wind event, April 26th, 2021. Split wood to be used for the saunas and wood burning stoves at Maplelag.
Snowy scene near slough on Mother North Star, April 25th, 2021.
Spruce seedlings planted a few years ago accentuated by the late April snow, April 25th, 2021.
Beautiful Earth day sunset, April 22nd, 2021.
Afternoon scene on the Goat Ranch Rd., gravel road that leads to Maplelag! April 20th, 2021.
First tree planting of the season, April 20th, 2021. We will be planting about a 1000 trees this spring along the ski trails. Since the first years of Maplelag, we have planted nearly a half million of trees!
Scene from the south shore of south Twin Lake, April 20th, 2021.
Hepatica flowers exploding on the forest floor thanks to warm and brilliant April sunshine, Saturday April 17th, 2021.
Early evening slough scene, April 15th, 2021.