The Birkie Trail is Now Open for Mountain Biking! Overall the trail is dry and in great shape. After the rain Wednesday night and some light rain yesterday, there are a few wet spots, which are clearly visible. To help maintain the trail, please go around these wet areas. This avoids cutting into and causing ruts in these spots that we need to maintain for great snow coverage and skiing in the winter.
Tread Lightly! In general, please remember that anyone who uses the trail can help keep it in good shape! If you are biking, please stay in the bike path (unless wet) as that is the best way to preserve the trail for both skiing and biking.
Current Conditions: This is a great time of year for being on the single track trail and the main Birkie Trail. The ground is dry, the grass is green, the trees and undergrowth are leafing out! At right is a photo taken this evening of the single track just before it crosses the bottom of "B" Hill to continue into the woods on the other side of the Birkie Trail.
Are you familiar with the Single Track? The single track trail runs somewhat parallel to the main Birkie Trail. You can get on at each of the Birkie trailheads--Hatchery Creek Park (just 2.5 miles east of Hayward) Mosquito Brook or "OO." You can do an out-and-back, going our on the single track and coming back on the Birkie Trail, or vice versa. There are lots of options to for running, walking, and biking both trails. The two trails intersect every few kilometers along the Birkie Trail for easy on/off there as well.
Flying Friends: A few mosquitos are starting to make their appearances on the main Birkie Trail in the late afternoon and evening. You may want to spray with your repellant of choice before heading out to run or bike. The single track is still fairly free of bugs.
Are you a Runner or Trekker? On SEPTEMBER 21, try the Birkie Trail Run & Trek. Something for Everyone! Choose from 5 popular events: Marathon . Marathon Relay (3- and 6-person) Half Marathon . 13.1 mile Trek (Nordic walking with poles) . 5K Run/Walk. For all abilities!
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READY FOR THE WEEKEND!
The Birkie Trail is green and ready for Memorial Day Weekend! Today the temperature is in the mid-50s, the sun is shining, and trail is in great shape for running, hiking, or a casual stroll. While the trail is dry, with only a few damp spots from the rain earlier this week, it is still not dry enough for biking (see NO BIKING note, below). The single track, however, is open to bikes and is great for running, too. See photos!
10 NEW REASONS
To Take on the
BIRKIE TRAIL RUN & TREK!
Which best describes YOU?
Annual trail passes are available at local ski shops and at the Birkie office, as well as at all trail heads. Please help us take care of this great trail system.
Become a Birkie Trail Friend and sponsor a K on the trail. Your contribution is tax deductible. More info is available on this website or by calling the Birkie office at 715-634-5025.
Let us know if you encounter any trail problems when you next visit the great Birkie Trail system. Also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to receive notices of trail work days.
Stay Fit and see you on the Trails!
Thanks to our newest Birkie Trail Friends, Kevin McKown and Nancy Fuller, Madison, WI.
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation maintains 88 kilometers of trail including the Birkie, Birkie Classic, lighted loops and portions of the Korte trail at an annual cost of over $140,000.
The Birkie trail was built for all cross-country skiers, hikers, trail runners and mountain bikers. Donations to help cover the annual maintenance costs are welcome. You can help with a personal donation which is tax deductible.
Sponsoring a K-marker as a Birkie Trail Friend is another way to help us maintain the trail. Again, all trail donations are tax deductible and all donations will be solely used to maintain the Birkie Trail system.
Please consider supporting the maintenance of the Birkie Trail. All you need do is mail your donation check payable to "ABSF" to:
PO Box 911
Hayward WI 54843
Add a note that it’s for the Trail Fund.
Thanks for your consideration!
The following guide makes it easier for new skiers and runners to see where each trailhead or landmark is on the map to the left. (Download larger version of PFD map below.)
Progress on the Fire Tower Food Station warming building - Jan 16, 2013
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The Birkie Honor Wall was dedicated on Saturday, March 5, 2011. This is your chance to permanently recognize current and past Birkie Trail users!