The Birkie Trail
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.
Anderson’s Maple Syrup is Presenting Sponsor of the Birkie Trail page and the Birkie Trail Map, below.
We think the American Birkebeiner 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!
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!
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 FAQ page: HERE
Trail Conditions Map & Trail Cams
How to Read This Trail Map:
Trail Conditions Report
Notes and Updates from the Birkie Trail Crew
Friday, May 15, 2020 (12:00PM)
Birkie Trail Head in Cable will be closed until further notice (not Covid related). We will have some larger machinery working around the area on repairs to the road/parking, snow-making infrastructure, building maintenance and a bunch of erosion control in the stadium. The gate at the entrance will be closed - but nearby North End is just down Randysek if you want to head out on the trail in that area.
-Birkie Trail Crew
Monday, March 23, 2020 (3:00PM)
In addition to the Samuel C. Johnson Family Outdoor Center at OO and the Derksen Warming Cabin at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead, all warming huts at every Trailhead on the Birkie Trail are closed until further notice. Thank you for understanding.
-Birkie Trail Crew
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 (1:00PM)
For a variety of reasons, we have made the decision to end all grooming activity on the Birkie Trail for the season. Mother Nature is doing a fantastic job of providing great spring skiing conditions and the Birkie Trail is still open at this time. We hope you are able to enjoy late-season skiing (while being mindful of social distancing practices) on the trail while it lasts. Thank you for a great season!
-Birkie Trail Crew
All Birkie Trail public trailhead buildings are closed until further notice (Includes the Samuel C. Johnson Family Outdoor Center at OO).
- 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
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.
Trail 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: firstname.lastname@example.org