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.

Ski Trail Passes

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!

Birkie Ski Trail Pass Information

Latest Trail Report

12.20.2014 (7:00am):  Groomed the OO loops, south from OO to Gravel Pit food station, and then north from OO to Fire Tower food station on both the classic and skate trails.  The base is thin and there is debris that has emerged.  Skiing is still ok, but be careful!   - chris and the groomers

12.18.2014 (1:00am):  Groomed OO Loops and north to Boedecker food station on skate and classic trails.  Approximately 2″ base with some debris remaining from the meltdown.  Not possible to set classic track yet.  Will inspect additional trail tomorrow, with hopes of grooming from Gravel Pit to Fire Tower by the weekend.     - chris and the groomers

12.16.2014 (5:00pm):  Our melt down and rain storm is over – but the trail did take a hit.  There is a lot of pooling water – and soft areas.  We estimate it will take  24-48hr for that to freeze up – once that happens we will get out and groom. Once complete, we will report back on the condition of the trail.  We have gotten approx 2″ of snow over the top after the rain stopped.       - chris and the groomers


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Get the Birkie Trails App

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).

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Trail Reports compiled by

Dec 19 - Birkie Trail (Hayward, WI)

Conditions: Groomed trails from OO to Boedecker very good. Non-groomed areas fair to good.
Groomed areas north of OO were very good. A few thin areas but we still used our good skis and they were fine. Also skied past Boedecker on the skate trail and after a couple minutes the conditions were fair to good--the new snow felt wonderful! Good skis had no mishaps on the the non-groomed porttion all the way to the high point and back. Was definitely worth the trip from the Twin Cities!
Photos: Photoset available.
(Heather Norton-Bower)

Dec 17 - Birkie Trail (Hayward, WI)

Conditions: New 2" powder over icy base. Some really thin areas.
Decent skating, no classic track. We lost a lot of snow on Monday but held onto a base at OO. Certainly good training but not the mid-winter conditions we've had for the last month. Bring your B skis.
(Joel Harrison, New Moon Ski Shop)

Dec 12 - Birkie Trail (Hayward, WI)

Skied the Birkie trail from Power Lines to Boedecker including Birkie Ridge. Came back on the Birkie classic trail. Also recently groomed (Thursday?) but classic track not reset. Not "race day" smooth just yet but getting close.
(Andy Schwartz)

Dec 8 - Birkie Trail (Hayward, WI)

Conditions: Sweet! The 1" of fresh snow on top of the firm base was amazing!
Headlamp ski after work from the Hatchery to the Brook and back. With temps in the upper 20's and the new snow, it was super fast and the new snow really freshened up the deck. Highly recommend if you can get out on the trail.
(Ben Popp, American Birkebeiner)

Birkie Trailheads

  • Powerline – 4.5K
  • North End Cabin – Randysek Rd, two miles south from Cable
  • Timber Trail – 9K
  • Birkie Ridge – Highway 63 two miles north from Seeley
  • Boedecker – 18.5K
  • OO – 22.8K
  • Mosquito Brook – 38.1K
  • Hatchery – 44.3K

Trail Profile

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.

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The Birkie Classic Trail – Building a Trail

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.

25KFix1_mediumThe 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:

  • The Classic Trail will be used by classic skiers on race day, with skate skiers following the existing Birkie Trail. This separation will provide better course conditions for all skiers on race day. Classic skiers will have the best tracks we can provide, and skate skiers will have more room since the Birkie Trail will not be tracked, except on downhills, through these sections.
  • The new trail has elevated the stature of the Birkie Classic Race which we believe will draw additional participants, including top classic skiers, resulting in the Classic Birkie joining the Birkie in being recognized not only as the premier cross-country ski race in North America, but among the best in the world.
  • The “loops” created by linking the Birkie and Classic Trails at each food station and at several other points provide more options for other events and general recreation for all silent sport users, including hikers, runners and mountain bikers year around.
  • The new trail now provides another alternative for the Birkie in poor snow years. The new trail can serve as a return route to Telemark allowing a full marathon event to take place on the northern portion of the course when we can’t get to the much preferred finish in Hayward.

Major Donors

Contributing $1000 or more to the construction and maintenance of the Birkie Classic Trail:

  • John and Leslie Taylor
  • Johnson Family Foundation
  • Joseph and Cheryl Hoida Family
  • Judy and Gordon Faulkner
  • Becker Law Offices, Madison, WI
  • Phil and Ann Zink
  • Lori Steinbach
  • Bill and Nancy Bauer
  • Alvin and David Nelson
  • Lance Scott
  • Daniel R. Huber Family
  • Gail and Willi VanHaren
  • John Stien
  • The Hayward Lions Club
  • Jane Bidwell
  • Barbara Klippel
  • Seeley Ski Club
  • John Schneider
  • Steven Eyer
  • Kassbohrer All Terrain Vehicles
  • Michael Devanie