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 Loops4KClosedClosed
OO TH to Gravel Pit THBirkie Skate/Classic9KClosedClosed
Gravel Pit to Mosquito BrookBirkie Skate/Classic6KClosedClosed
Mosquito Brook to Hatchery CreekBirkie Skate/Classic6KClosedClosed
Hatchery Creek LoopsLighted Loops3KClosedClosed
Hatchery Creek to Lake HaywardBirkie Skate/Classic4KClosedClosed
Lake HaywardBirkie Skate/Classic3KClosedClosed

Trail/Groomers Report

Notes and Updates from the Birkie Trail Crew

Friday, April 19, 2019 (9:00AM)


Spring has sprung! The recent rainfalls, along with the frost coming out of the ground, have made for wet, soft, muddy conditions. In order to preserve the Trail, all sections of the Birkie Trail are officially closed until further notice. Thank you for staying off of the Birkie Trail to protect this recreational treasure. We’ll update the trail report when the Birkie Trail is reopened. Thank you!

-Birkie Trail Crew

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 (4:00PM)

We are officially ending grooming activities on the Birkie Trail. There is good snow out there still to be skied, but the grooming isn't helping at this time with the big temperature fluctuations. Mornings can be a little icy/quick, afternoons a bit sloppy and soft, but get out and enjoy the trail when you can. We will post updates here as we complete summer work, mowing etc. Ended up to be a great winter, enjoy spring!

-Birkie Trail Crew

Saturday, March 23, 2019 (7:00AM)

Last night we groomed (no track set) the loops at OO and the Birkie Skate Trail from OO to Boedecker. Enjoy the Spring skiing!

-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.