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

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.

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

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 SectionTrail TypeStatusDistancePacked Snow BaseSkate Deck GroomedClassic Track SetCondition
American Birkebeiner TH Loop(s)EARLY SEASON will open Sat, 11/17/181"- 2"N/A
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American Birkebeiner to Timber TrailBirkie SkateUNGROOMED7KnoneN/A
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American Birkebeiner to Timber TrailBirkie ClassicUNGROOMED8.5KnoneN/A
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Timber Trail to Fire TowerBirkie SkateUNGROOMED5KnoneN/A
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Timber Trail to Fire TowerBirkie ClassicUNGROOMED6.5KnoneN/A
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Birkie Ridge to Birkie TrailTH ConnectorUNGROOMED3KnoneN/A
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Fire Tower to BoedeckerBirkie SkateUNGROOMED4.5KnoneN/A
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Fire Tower to BoedeckerBirkie ClassicUNGROOMED5.5KnoneN/A
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Boedecker to OOBirkie SkateUNGROOMED4.5KnoneN/A
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Boedecker to OOBirkie ClassicUNGROOMED5.5KnoneN/A
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Easy Strider LoopClassic OnlyUNGROOMED2KnoneN/AN/A
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OO LoopsLighted LoopsUNGROOMED4KnoneN/A
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OO TH to Gravel Pit THBirkie Skate/ClassicUNGROOMED9KnoneN/A
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Gravel Pit to Mosquito BrookBirkie Skate/ClassicUNGROOMED6KnoneN/A
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Mosquito Brook to Hatchery CreekBirkie Skate/ClassicUNGROOMED6KnoneN/A
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Hatchery Creek LoopsLighted LoopsUNGROOMED3KnoneN/A
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Hatchery Creek to Lake HaywardBirkie Skate/ClassicUNGROOMED4KnoneN/A
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Lake HaywardBirkie Skate/ClassicUNGROOMED3KnoneN/A
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Trail Notes

Additional Notes and Updates from the Birkie Trail Crew

Th, 11.15.18 – (10:00 AM)  The Early Season 1k loop will open this Saturday morning at the American Birkebeiner TH (Birkie start area)!   For this weekend’s skiing, the Early Season loop will only be groomed for skate skiing.  We need more snow before we can set a classic track.  Click here to purchase an Early Season Snow Pass.  An Early Season Snow Pass is required until the greater Birkie Trail opens, which has yet to be determined when that will be.  Once the Birkie Trail opens, a regular Birkie Trail Pass is required.  All pass purchases help to offset the cost of snow-making and grooming.  Enjoy!
-Birkie Trail Crew

Fri, 11.9.18 – (5:00 PM) Over the last 24 hours we got 4″ inches of snow up north and closer to 2″ as you head south to Hayward!  Of course not enough to groom up yet, but certainly get out and enjoy “breaking a little trail” if you are so inspired!  Snow guns are running up at Birkie Trail Head as well – more info on that coming in the next few days.  Get out and enjoy!
-Birkie Trail Crew

Birkie Trailheads

  • Birkie Start Line – 50K (distance to Finish Line)
  • North End Cabin – Randysek Rd, two miles south from Cable
  • 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 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.