The Birkie Trail
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.
Anderson’s Maple Syrup is Presenting Sponsor of the Birkie Trail Map, below.
2021/2022 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!
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!
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 FAQs
Trail Conditions Map & Trail Cams
How to Read This Trail Map:
Trail Conditions Report
Notes and Updates from the Birkie Trail Crew
Saturday, January 22, 2022 (10:00AM)
We received about 2-3" of snow through the north woods!
--The Classic Trail from OO to Timber Trail groomed and tracks set.
--OO loops were groomed and tracks set.
--Easy Strider (accessed from the OO Trailhead) was groomed.
--OO to Lake Hayward
--Hatchery Creek Loops
Good luck to the Seeley Hills Big Fat Racers!
-Birkie Trail Crew
Friday, January 21, 2022 (11:00AM)
Happy Friday to you! Last night, we were able to groom the Skate Trail from OO to Fire Tower including Birkie Ridge and the Ski Jouriing Loop.
This morning, all OO Loops were Groomed and Tracked for your skiing enjoyment!
-Birkie Trail Crew
Thursday, January 20, 2022 (10:00PM)
Good evening- tonight we have groomed the Skate Trail from OO to Fire Tower including Birkie Ridge and the Ski Jouriing Loop. Although cold, it's great skiing out there!
-Birkie Trail Crew
Birkie Trailheads & Trailside Cabins
Birkie Trail – Trailside Warming Cabins are open. 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 periodically.
- Derksen Timing Building – American Birkebeiner Trailhead (Birkie start line)
- Timber Trail Cabin – 43K
- Franzen Fire Tower Trail Cabin – 38K
- Birkie Ridge – Highway 63, two miles north from Seeley
- Mandli Boedecker Trail Cabin – 33.5K
- Samuel C. Johnson Family Outdoor Center (OO) – 29K
- Strand-Johnson Gravel Pit Trail Cabin – 20K
- Birchleggings Club Mosquito Brook Trail Cabin – 14K
- Hatchery – 8K
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 are working as an extension of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, interacting and educating fellow skiers about the Birkie Trail Pass system. Working from various trailheads, Ambassadors educate, inform and help skiers with Trail Pass details and purchases. All Birkie Trail Ambassadors must be 18 years of age, or older.
Volunteers will be provided with a Birkie Trail Ambassador bib to wear and we recommend having a smart-phone or other mobile device to assist with purchases. Birkie Trail Ambassador bibs 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 click HERE.