The 107 kilometer Birkie Trail system attracts skiers, runners, bikers, trekkers, and hikers, from casual day-trippers to elite superstars. The Birkie trail was built for all silent sports enthusiasts to enjoy. The non-profit 501(c)(3) American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation maintains 100% of the trail system. Donations to help cover the annual maintenance costs are welcome. You can help with a personal donation which may be tax deductible (consult your tax professional) and by joining the Foundation.
Birkie Trail ski passes are required December – March to ski on any part of the 107 km American Birkebeiner Trail System. 100% of funds collected go toward our growing costs to maintain the trail.
Trail passes or parking passes for Birkie Trail use are not required April – November, however if you are using the CAMBA mountain bike trails, please consider dropping a donation into the yellow tubes!
6.26.15 (11:00am): The latest news from the trail! The crew has recently mowed from OO to Boedecker skate and classic trails. Also mowed, Mosquito Brook to Hatchery Birkie skate trail. The Birkie Trail is now open between the gravel pit and Mosquito Brook. As always, please be alert and watch for maintenance crews on the trail. Have a great weekend!
– Chris and the trail staff
6.20.2015 (11:00am): Recently mowed- OO loops and then south to Gravel Pit trail head. There is still lots of clean up logging happening at Hatchery and between Gravel Pit – Mosquito Brook. We advise avoiding these areas. We will update here was soon as they are done.
– Chris and the trail staff
6.12.2015 (1:00pm): This just in: A small clean up that Sawyer County Forestry is doing will take place Friay June 12 – Tues June 16 south of Gravel Pit Trail head. The Birkie Trail will be closed from Gravel Pit to Mosquito Brook trail head. Enjoy the trail everywhere else!
– Chris and the trail staff
06.11.2015 (9:00pm): We have mowed the Birkie Skate trail and the Birkie Classic trail (1 pass, 12′) from “OO” trail head to the Powerlines, as well as the Birkie Ridge loops. Do to a mechanical issue with the tractor, we are down for a few days. Once back up, we will get from OO to Mosquito Brook. The trail is still closed at Hatchery for storm damage clean up. Get out and enjoy summer!
– Chris and the lawnmowers
6.05.2015 (8:00am): Mowing of the trail will begin next week – keep an eye here for the latest updates and what has been most recently mowed. Also, the Hatchery storm damage cleanup is still underway – so it is suggested to avoid this trail head until they are done.
-Chris and the trail staff
Find out what’s been groomed and when in real-time.
**THERE HAVE BEEN A FEW CONNECTION ISSUES WITH THE TRACKERS- BE SURE TO READ THE REPORT ABOVE FROM THE GROOMERS**
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Real-Time Grooming Reports by SkiTrails.info
Birkie Trails is the official app for the American Birkebeiner Ski Trail between Cable and Hayward, Wisconsin.
Included are a map (which will show your current location, and where you’ve skied), grooming report and tracking feature, showing time, distance and elevation gain.
Optionally, by using this app you can contribute to trail usage data, helping the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation manage and prioritize trail maintenance activities (grooming, trailwork, signage, etc). Available for both iPhone and Android.
Trail Reports compiled by Skinnyski.com.
The total climb on the Birkie Skate Course from the start line at Telemark to the finish line in Hayward (north to south) is 1,398 meters. The Birkie Classic Course’s total climb from the start line to the finish line is 21 meters less or 1,379 meters.
The Birkie Classic Trail which ends at OO has a total climb of 727 meters compared to the Birkie Trail’s total climb of 729 meters to that point. See chart to right for elevation break down.
In order to provide a better race experience for all skiers, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation developed the Birkie Classic Trail. Construction for the new trail began in late 2006 and was completed in three stages by the Fall of 2008. The 27K Birkie Classic Trail was used in its entirety for the 2009 event with Classic Skiers enjoying their own trail from just past the Race Start to County Hwy. OO.
Construction cost for the 27K trail totaled $104,000, which was raised with the help of many generous donations from skiers, businesses, organizations and friends of the American Birkebeiner.
The trail was designed and laid out by ABSF Board member Dave Nelson of Hayward and Rhinelander. Jack Moin, Cable, who also is Trail Chief at Telemark was Trail Construction Chief for the entire project. The project was successful due to the efforts of these two men who donated many hours of their time. The trail was built with the help and hard work of many volunteers who came out to numerous work nights and days over the three years.
The 27K Classic Trail is 20’ in width, and results in the Birkie Classic Race being 4K longer than the existing Birkie Trail used for the Skate course. Elevations of both trails is very similar with the major difference being that the Classic Trail climbs and descents are more gradual, but longer, facilitating the Classic technique. The two courses come together at each of the food/aid stations and close enough to be visible at several points.
The Birkie Classic Trail is groomed for both classic and skate skiing through the winter, but will be groomed for classic skiing only on race day. The trail is available for hiking, trail running and mountain biking the remainder of the year. There are no plans at present to further extend the Birkie Classic Trail.
The Birkie Classic Trail was built to provide the following benefits:
Contributing $1000 or more to the construction and maintenance of the Birkie Classic Trail: