Very dry conditions in place. Recent rain has stayed south or north of us. It has been busy summer on the trails mowing, brushing and clearing windfall. We consistently work on the trails to have in best condition possible before the snow flies. Overall the trails are in great shape!
Wildflowers have been popping out nicely this spring and summer and really exploded when we had hot and warm conditions late May and early June. Many sights and sounds of nature including the frogs, birds and waterfowl in one of the most active times of year for wildlife. Eagles hatching in the eagles nest near the western trails. Bear sign on Twin Lakes and Bullhead area and many deer moving through the woods on the singletrack trails. This spring we also planted 100’s of trees and clearing on the trails as part of our 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.
Maplelag is enrolled in the fee based MN DNR Woodland Stewardship Program as part of conservation efforts and forest management.
Please consider donating to our Maplelag Conservation Legacy program to help offset these increased costs. Thank you!
Summer grooming on “Eagle View” return on Twin Lakes trail, August 9th, 2021.
Summer grooming on North Loup trail, July 29th, 2021.
Another beautiful summer sunset over Sugarbush, July 25th, 2021.
Moon over Maplelag! July 23rd, 2021.
Another fresh cutting/summer grooming on Suicide Hill, July 19th, 2021.
Summer grooming on Mother North Star ski trail, July 18th, 2021.
Sunset with a extra tinge of orange as a result of hazy skies from wildfire smoke in Canada, July 13th, 2021.
Aspen leaf and snow moth! July 12th, 2021.
Clearing deadfall on the trails, July 8th, 2021.
Interesting finds inside the log! July 8th, 2021.
Ski trail segment on the mountain bike course, July 5th, 2021. Lush and green thanks to steady precipitation the last three weeks.
Water lily on shore of Little Sugarbush, July 5th, 2021.
Skaters Waltz ski trail, June 28th, 2021.
More mushrooms coming to life with recent moisture, June 28th, 2021.
Wild Iris flower along North Star trail, June 26th, 2021. Just a handful of flowers blooming in this location every year.
Fresh bear track on Twin Lakes, June 28th, 2021.
Summer trail work, mowing and clearing deadfall, June 24th, 2021.
Late afternoon scene at Twin Lakes crossing, June 21st, 2021.
Super Solstice Strawberry moon over Sugarbush June, 21st, 2021.
Another beautiful summer sunset over Sugarbush! June 12th, 2021.
Skaters Waltz ski trail, June 10th, 2021. This of many unique sections of trail we do not mow until the first frost in the fall.
Second mowing on Suicide Hill for the season, June 9th, 2021.
Summer grooming on Sap Run, June 9th, 2021.
Colorful sunset over Sugarbush, June 7th, 2021.
Tranquil scene on Little Sugarbush, June 2nd, 2021.
Loon on Little Sugarbush, June 2nd, 2021.
Mowing on the ski trails, June 1st, 2021. We mow on the trails throughout the summer right up until the ground freezes and first snows!
Rain droplets on a fallen maple leaf, June 1st, 2021. Overall has been a very dry spring and start to the summer.
Fresh bloom along the ski trail, May 30th, 2021.
Morning frost in the switchyard, May 28th, 2021.
Tamarack trees budding in the local sloughs, May 26th, 2021.
Loading logs! Clearing deadfall off the trails, May 26th, 2021.
Clearing on the mountain bike singletrack, May 26th, 2021.
Another Sugarbush sunset, May 26th, 2021.
Ferns popping up this week as seen along Bootleg singletrack, May 25th, 2021.
Beautiful morning scene across Bullhead lake, May 25th, 2021.
Trail tuning on the mountain bike singletrack, May 25th, 2021.
Yellow slippers blooming over the weekend, May 23rd, 2021.
Woods have really filled out the past few days as seen along the mountain bike trail on Twin Lakes, May 23rd, 2021.
Columbine flowers blooming this weekend, May 23rd, 2021.
Sukkerbusk ski trail, May 19th, 2021. Woods have really come to life the past few weeks with lush green scenes.
Maplelag “snow” tree active with bees the past few days, May 19th, 2021.
“Pig’s feet” wild flowers blooming on the ski trails, May 17th, 2021.
Another beautiful spring sunset over Suguarbush! May 16th, 2021.
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.