The 100+ kilometer Birkie Trail system attracts skiers, runners, bikers, trekkers, and hikers seeking fun and adventure in the north woods of Wisconsin. From events like the Slumberland American Birkebeiner, the Fat Bike Birkie, and the Birkie Trail Run, there is challenge to be had on event days and all days on the rolling hills of the Birkie Trail. We are dedicated to providing silent sports recreation and invite people of all ages to enjoy all the Mother Nature has to offer. Come out this winter, enjoy a day on the trails, and enjoy some good old-fashioned fun on the trail with family and friends.

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.  We think the American Birkebeiner Trail is a pretty fantastic recreational resource.  If you think it is as spectacular as we do, we’d love your support in making sure it stays amazing for generations to come.  2020 is the Year of the Trail – learn more here!

Fat Tire Beer is Presenting Sponsor of the Birkie Trail as part of Fat Tire’s commitment to Public Lands and its “Pints for Public Lands” program. See more on the Birkie Trail Cam page.

Anderson’s Maple Syrup is Presenting Sponsor of the Birkie Trail Map, below.

2020/2021 Ski Trail Pass

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.

In addition, an All-Access Snow Pass is required to ski on the snowmaking loop as soon as it opens for the season.  See the link below for more information.

Trail passes or parking passes for Birkie Trail use are not required April – November (with the exception of the Early Season snowmaking loop), however if you are using the CAMBA mountain bike trails, please consider making a donation to CAMBA!

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.  

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

When does the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) head out to groom?  What shapes our decision on when to groom, where and how?  How long does is take to groom the Birkie trail?

For these answers and more, check out the Birkie Trail Grooming Procedures and FAQ page: HERE

Trail Conditions Map & Trail Cams

How to Read This Trail Map:

  • Green Trail groomed within the past 48-hours
  • Yellow Trail groomed outside of the past 48-hours
  • Red Trail closed or Trail use not recommended (see Trail Conditions Report for details)
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    Birkie Trailhead Waypoint

  • Trail Waypoint, No Trailhead

For a narrative on grooming, mowing, trail work, click here.

For trail reports from skiers, visit skinnyski.com.

For a more detailed map of the Birkie Trail, click here.

Click on the blue Trail Cam icons in the map below to view the cameras.

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Notes and Updates from the Birkie Trail Crew

Please note: ‘Groomed’ always means that classic tracks have been set and the skate deck has been groomed, unless specifically stated otherwise in the grooming report below.

Saturday, November 28, 2020 (6:00PM)

Another big day of skiing at Birkie Trailhead with lots of smiling faces. Groomers are back out tonight preparing the loop and it will be ready for good skiing Sunday. Rest up, the trail will be waiting for you!

-Birkie Trail Crew


Friday, November 27, 2020 (8:00PM)

Big day of skiing at Birkie Trailhead on Black Friday....but the trail held up very well! Groomers are out tonight preparing the loop and it will be ready for good skiing this weekend! Get out and enjoy!

-Birkie Trail Crew


Wednesday, November 25, 2020 (7:00AM)

It is official, the first 2 loops up at Birkie Trail Head will open Thanksgiving. Together the loops are approx. 1.3km. Birkie "All Access" ski pass required - Trail Pass Information/Purchase. Reminder, Fri-Sunay is Turkey Birkie skiing - Turkey Birkie Info. Next week as it cools down we will again resume making snow, going much quicker now that the big areas a complete. Happy Thanksgiving from the Birkie Trail Kru!

-Birkie Trail Crew


View More Trail Updates & Notes »

Birkie Trailheads & Trailside Cabins

Birkie Trail – Trailside Warming Cabins will reopen on November 1. Please note that cabins are currently restricted to a maximum capacity of 4 occupants at any given time and will be equipped with hand sanitizer.  We ask that all cabin users practice social distancing and utilize the hand sanitizer.  Cabins will be cleaned on an irregular basis.

  • American Birkebeiner Trailhead (home of the Birkie Start Line – 50K distance to Main Street 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

2020 – The Year of the Trail

The Year of the Trail provides an opportunity for Birkie enthusiasts to ensure the future of the Birkie Trail by supporting the Pierce & Lampman Trail Fund, through the Foundation for the Endowment of the American Birkebeiner. The income from this fund will support year-round Birkie Trail development and maintenance for years to come. All donors who contribute will receive a limited edition, full-color, scenic 2020-2021 American Birkebeiner Trail calendar capturing the beauty and excitement of the Trail.

Learn more here!

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 following season. Volunteers will be provided with a Birkie Trail 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.

For more information on the Birkie Trail Ambassador shifts, please email: birkie@birkie.com

CLICK HERE TO BECOME A BIRKIE TRAIL AMBASSADOR