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.

Ski Trail Passes - 2019/2020 Passes On Sale in Early November

Birkie Trail ski passes are required December – March to ski on any part of the 100+ 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.

Virtual Birkie Trail Tour

Experience the amazing Birkie trail, named the No.1 cross-country ski destination in the U.S. Explore every section of the trail, including trailside cabins, as you virtually ski from near Cable, WI, to near Hayward, WI. Immerse yourself in the great north woods whenever or wherever you are!

Tour the Interactive Birkie Trail Map »

Or, Tour the Race Course on Race Day »

Grooming Procedures/FAQ's

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

Trail Report-Grid

Latest Birkie Trail Conditions

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.

Trail SectionBirkie Race Trail TypeDistanceSkate Deck GroomedClassic Track Set
American Birkebeiner TH LoopsBirkie Start area-Lighted 1km loop
-3km total groomed distance
American Birkebeiner to Timber TrailBirkie Skate7KClosedClosed
American Birkebeiner to Timber TrailBirkie Classic8.5KClosedClosed
Timber Trail to Fire TowerBirkie Skate5KClosedClosed
Timber Trail to Fire TowerBirkie Classic6.5KClosedClosed
Birkie Ridge to Birkie TrailTH Connector3KClosedClosed
Skijouring Loop at Birkie Ridge1KClosed
Fire Tower to BoedeckerBirkie Skate4.5KClosedClosed
Fire Tower to BoedeckerBirkie Classic5.5KClosedClosed
Boedecker to OOBirkie Skate4.5KClosedClosed
Boedecker to OOBirkie Classic5.5KClosedClosed
Easy Strider LoopClassic Only2KN/AClosed
OO LoopsLighted Loops4KMowed 8/8 (See Trail Report below)Closed
OO TH to Gravel Pit THBirkie Skate/Classic9KClosedClosed
Gravel Pit to Mosquito BrookBirkie Skate/Classic6KClosedClosed
Mosquito Brook to Hatchery CreekBirkie Skate/Classic6KMowed 8/15Closed
Hatchery Creek LoopsLighted Loops3KMowed 8/14Closed
Hatchery Creek to Lake HaywardBirkie Skate/Classic4KMowed 8/14 (See Trail Report below)Closed
Lake HaywardBirkie Skate/Classic3KClosedClosed

Trail/Groomers Report

Notes and Updates from the Birkie Trail Crew

Friday, August 16, 2019 (9:00AM)

August 15, 2019 Mowing Update

The Birkie Trail from Hatchery to Mosquito Brook is mowed at least 16 feet wide.

-Birkie Trail Crew

Friday, August 16, 2019 (9:00AM)

August 14, 2019 Mowing Update

All of the Hatchery loops are mowed (except for the outside portion of the upper loop). The Birkie Trail from Lake Hayward to 77 and the Chequamegon 40 course from 77 to Hatchery is mowed.

-Birkie Trail Crew

Friday, August 9, 2019 (9:00AM)


The Trail Crew has been busy mowing! We are focusing on the North half of the trail right now in preparation for the Birkie Trail Run Festival at the end of September. Keep an eye out here for information on what's been newly mowed if you want to get out and train on the Trail Run courses. The West Side Loop at OO is mowed to Picnic Table Hill and a little bit onto the East Side Loop in preparation for the Seeley Lions Pre-Fat Bike Race. The Birkie Trail from the Korte Stadium Area to Picnic Table Hill is also mowed. Happy Running!

-Birkie Trail Crew

View More Trail Updates & Notes »

Birkie Trailheads

  • Birkie Start Line – 50K (distance to Finish Line)
  • Timber Trail – 43K
  • Fire Tower – 38K
  • Birkie Ridge – Highway 63, two miles north from Seeley
  • Boedecker – 33.5K
  • OO – 29K
  • Gravel Pit – 20K
  • Mosquito Brook – 14K
  • Hatchery – 8K

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.

Support the Trail

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 2020-2021 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.