The over 100 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.

Trail lights are now on for the season! Lights are located at both Highway OO Trailhead near Seeley, WI and Hatchery Creek Trailhead.

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

By order of the Sawyer County Board of Directors, no person may use that portion of the American Birkebeiner Trail System in Sawyer County between December 1st and March 31st unless they have purchased a Trail Pass.  Sawyer County grants to the named holder of a Trail Pass a revocable temporary license to access the Trail System.  Funds collected by sellers of Trail Passes are remitted to the County, which provides funds to the ABSF to maintain the Trail System.  Sellers of Trail Passes act only as the agent of the County in collecting Trail Pass fees.

Grooming Procedures/FAQ's

Check out the Birkie Trail grooming procedures and FAQ’s: HERE

Groomer's Report

Latest Birkie Trail Conditions and Grooming Updates

Each Trail Section starts and ends at a trailhead. Trail Sections are listed in order from north to south on the Birkie Trail. If you are unfamiliar with the Birkie Trail and its trailheads, check out a Trail Map.

Both the Birkie Skate and Birkie Classic sections of the Birkie Trail may or may not have a classic track set. The Classic sections will usually have more classic tracks than the Skate sections.

Trail SectionTrail TypeStatusDistancePacked Snow BaseSkate Deck GroomedClassic Track SetCondition
American Birkebeiner to Timber TrailBirkie SkateOPEN7K2"12/15/17NONEFirm
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American Birkebeiner to Timber TrailBirkie ClassicOPEN8.5K2"12/15/1712/15/17Firm
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Timber Trail to Fire TowerBirkie SkateOPEN5K2"12/15/17NONEFirm
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Timber Trail to Fire TowerBirkie ClassicOPEN6.5K2"12/15/1712/15/17Firm
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Tracks will be set.
Birkie Ridge to Birkie TrailTH ConnectorOPEN3K1"12/13/17NONESoft
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Still powder on top of 1" base.
Fire Tower to BoedeckerBirkie SkateOPEN4.5K2"12/15/17NONEFirm
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Fire Tower to BoedeckerBirkie ClassicOPEN5.5K2"12/15/1712/15/17Firm
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Tracks will be set.
Boedecker to OOBirkie SkateOPEN4.5K2"12/15/17NONEFirm
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Boedecker to OOBirkie ClassicOPEN5.5K2"12/15/1712/15/17Firm
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OO LoopsLighted LoopsOPEN4K2"12/16/1712/16/17Firm
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OO TH to Gravel Pit THBirkie Skate/ClassicOPEN9K2"12/15/1712/15/17Firm
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No additional comments at this time for the OO TH to Gravel Pit TH trail section.
Gravel Pit to Mosquito BrookBirkie Skate/ClassicOPEN6K2"12/15/1712/15/17Firm
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No additional comments at this time for the Gravel Pit to Mosquito Brook trail section.
Mosquito Brook to Hatchery CreekBirkie Skate/ClassicOPEN6K2"12/15/1712/15/17Firm
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No additional comments at this time for the Mosquito Brook to Hatchery Creek trail section.
Hatchery Creek LoopsLighted LoopsOPEN3KNONENONENONESoft
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Not groomed yet.
Need to clean a lot of brush before grooming.
Hatchery Creek to Lake HaywardBirkie Skate/ClassicOPEN4K2"12/15/17NONEFirm
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Grooming Notes

Additional Notes and Updates from the Birkie Trail Crew

Sat, 12.16.17 – (7:00AM) – Here is what was done late yesterday and this morning: OO loops are groomed and tracked, OO to American Birkebeiner TH (start area) are groomed on the Birkie Skate trail and groomed and double tracked on the Classic Trail.  At this point, nearly the whole Birkie Trail is groomed and tracked and the base is getting pretty good.  The Hatchery Loops aren’t groomed yet as there is a lot of prep work that needs to be done first.  Also, due to some mechanical issues, we couldn’t get to Birkie Ridge yesterday so there is still some powder on top.  The Birkie Trail will be busy this weekend, but there is plenty of groomed trail for all!  Enjoy!
-Birkie Trail Crew

Fri, 12.15.17 – (10:00AM) – We are currently grooming south of OO.  By noon today, we will have a skate deck with about a 1″-2″ base from OO to Lake Hayward.  Classic tracks will be set from OO to Hatchery Creek.  Best skiing today is definitely south of OO.  Later today we will start making corduroy and laying tracks north of OO and on the loops at OO.  North of OO is skiable right now but there is a lot of fresh, ungroomed snow on top.  By Saturday morning, north of OO and the loops at OO should be in great shape!   Enjoy this great snow we have received so far this year!
-Birkie Trail Crew

Thurs, 12.14.17 – (10:00PM) – Still snowing here in Birkie-land!  Our plan is to groom from “OO” trail-head to Hatchery Creek trail-head early Friday AM (after the snow stops, completed by noon) for Friday skiing.  We will set a classic track where we can.  Keep checking back for the latest updates.  While this continuous snow has us jumping to get all 100km groomed, it also has us smiling!  Enjoy!
-Birkie Trail Crew

Wed, 12.13.17 – (9:00PM) – We ended up getting nearly 7″ of snow last night and all day today!  Tonight we groomed 1 pass of the the Birkie Skate Trail from Birkebeiner trail-head in Cable to “OO”, the Birkie Ridge connector & the loops at “OO” trail-head.  Pisten Bully Tech’s are here servicing our equipment as a few gremlins have reared their heads so we are down some firepower…but we will keep on this new snow – check back often for the latest grooming updates.
-Birkie Trail Crew

 

Skinnyski.com Trail Reports

Skinnyski.com Trail Reports

Trail Reports compiled by Skinnyski.com.

Dec 16 - Birkie Trail (Hayward, WI)

Very good for both classic and skate. Remarkably good skiing for this time of year. No classic track set on the skate portion of the Birkie trail but two full depth tracks on the Classic trail from OO to at least Timber Trail on the North. I skied from the Power Lines on the north to just past the Boedecker water stop on the south on the Birkie trail and then back on the Classic trail. I found the skate lanes to be surprisingly firm. You can tell that they've had the Pisten Bullys out. The Classic trail is fantastic right now and, as normal, the further north you go, the better it gets. I used my "A" equipment without a second thought.
(Andy Schwartz)

Dec 15 - Birkie Trail (Hayward, WI)

Skied Fish hatchery to Mosquito Brook and back. Great job by groomers.... good snow coverage with a few light spots with twigs coming thru. Unfortunately somebody drove a four wheeler on the trail from Hatchery to Bitch hill, 360 1/2 down the hill and ran it back. In my 10 years on the trail I have never seen such stupidity... I choose to mark it up to lack of awareness of the purpose of the trail. Despite the four wheel grooves I had a blast.
(Andy Michuda)

Dec 16 - Birkie Trail (Hayward, WI)

Here is what was done late yesterday and this morning: OO loops are groomed and tracked, OO to American Birkebeiner TH (start area) are groomed on the Birkie Skate trail and groomed and double tracked on the Classic Trail. At this point, nearly the whole Birkie Trail is groomed and tracked and the base is getting pretty good. The Hatchery Loops aren't groomed yet as there is a lot of prep work that needs to be done first. Also, due to some mechanical issues, we couldn't get to Birkie Ridge so there is still some powder on top. The Birkie Trail will be busy this weekend, but there is plenty of groomed trail for all! Enjoy!
(Sam Hughes, American Birkebeiner)

Dec 15 - Birkie Trail (Hayward, WI)

We are currently grooming south of OO. By noon today, we will have a skate deck with about a 1-2" base from OO to Lake Hayward. Classic tracks will be set from OO to Hatchery Creek. ? Best skiing today is definitely south of OO. ? Later today we will start making corduroy and laying tracks north of OO and on the loops at OO. ? North of OO is skiable right now but there is a lot of fresh, ungroomed snow on top. By Saturday morning, north of OO and the loops at OO should be in great shape! Enjoy this great snow we have received so far this year! To see the whole Birkie Trail's grooming status, check out our new Groomer's Grid on our website.
(Kurt Proctor, 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

Trail Ambassadors

benTrail Ambassadors are working as an extension of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, interacting and educating fellow skiers about the Birkie Trail Pass system. Skiing out and back from various trailheads along the Birkie Trail. All Birkie Trail Ambassadors must be 18 years of age, or older.

Volunteer 4-15 hours as a Trail Ambassador and receive a free Birkie Water Bottle. Volunteer 16+ hours as a Trail Ambassador and also receive a free Individual Annual Birkie Trail Pass for the 2017-2018 season. Volunteers will be provided with a Birkie Ambassador bib to wear and informational notecards to hand out while skiing during their shift. Bibs and cards can be picked up the Friday before the weekend of your shift and dropped back off Monday the weekend after your shift.

CLICK HERE TO BECOME A BIRKIE TRAIL AMBASSADOR