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 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 SetCondition
American Birkebeiner TH LoopsBirkie Start area-Lighted 1km loop
-3km total groomed distance
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American Birkebeiner to Timber TrailBirkie Skate7K1/12/20191/12/2019N/A
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American Birkebeiner to Timber TrailBirkie Classic8.5K1/12/20191/12/2019N/A
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Timber Trail to Fire TowerBirkie Skate5K1/12/20191/12/2019N/A
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Timber Trail to Fire TowerBirkie Classic6.5K1/12/20191/12/2019N/A
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Birkie Ridge to Birkie TrailTH Connector3K1/2/20191/2/2019N/A
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Skijouring Loop at Birkie Ridge1KN/A
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Fire Tower to BoedeckerBirkie Skate4.5K1/12/20191/12/2019N/A
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Fire Tower to BoedeckerBirkie Classic5.5K1/12/20191/12/2019N/A
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Boedecker to OOBirkie Skate4.5K1/12/20191/12/2019N/A
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Boedecker to OOBirkie Classic5.5K1/12/20191/12/2019N/A
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Easy Strider LoopClassic Only2KN/A1/2/2019N/A
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OO LoopsLighted Loops4K1/9/20191/9/2019N/A
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OO TH to Gravel Pit THBirkie Skate/Classic9K1/6/20191/6/2019N/A
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Gravel Pit to Mosquito BrookBirkie Skate/Classic6K1/6/20191/6/2019N/A
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Mosquito Brook to Hatchery CreekBirkie Skate/Classic6K1/6/2019no track setN/A
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Hatchery Creek LoopsLighted Loops3KN/A
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Hatchery Creek to Lake HaywardBirkie Skate/Classic4KN/A
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Lake HaywardBirkie Skate/Classic3KCLOSEDCLOSEDN/A
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Trail Report-Narrative

Additional Notes and Updates from the Birkie Trail Crew

Wed, 1.16.19 – (6:00 PM)  We have cleaned up the Birkie Classic trail from the American Birkebeiner TH to OO.  We hardened the base on that section of trail but have yet to set a new classic track.  Now we are working on the race loops at the American Birkebeiner TH in preparation for the Gitchi Gami Games this weekend.  Those loops were groomed and tracked today.

Update on the Birkie Trail south of OO:  There is a firm 1″-3″ base south of OO.  After the next notable snowfall, we will groom and track it.

There is still plenty of great skiing out there.  Enjoy!

-Birkie Trail Crew

Mon, 1.14.19 – (11:00 AM)  The Birkie Tour went great yesterday, but the heavy traffic loosened up several sections on the Birkie Class trail.  The Birkie Skate trail held up quite well with the harder base.  Our efforts today are in hardening up the base on the Birkie Classic trail.  Conditions on the Birkie Skate trail between OO and the Birkie Trailhead are still pretty good with the best conditions at the Birkie Trailhead loops.  Enjoy!

-Birkie Trail Crew

Sat, 1.12.19 – (10:00 PM)  Tonight we are grooming and tracking the Birkie Skate and Birkie Classic trails from the American Birkebeiner Trailhead to OO in preparation for the Birkie Tour tomorrow.  The trail is in pretty good shape and there is enough base to set up a great course for tomorrow.  Online registration is still open and registration is available in-person at the start from 8am til 9am.

-Birkie Trail Crew

F, 1.11.19 – (10:00 PM)  OK, here is the update on skiing for Saturday – Best recreational skiing  will be from OO – there you can ski the loops & north from there on the Birkie Skate trail up to Timber Trail.  Birkie Ridge connector trail is groomed too (you can ski the Birkie Classic north, but it won’t be regroomed until Saturday night for the Birkie Tour).  The Seeley Hills Classic will be racing on the Birkie Skate & Classic Trails north of Timber Trail to the Birkie Trail Head in Cable from 10am-2pm.   All trails north of OO will be regroomed for Sunday.  Enjoy winter in the north woods!

-Birkie Trail Crew

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 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.