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 TypeStatusDistancePacked Snow BaseSkate Deck GroomedClassic Track SetCondition
American Birkebeiner TH Loop(s)Birkie Start areaEARLY SEASON OPEN-Lighted 1km loop
-2km total groomed distance
12"- 15"12/14/201812/14/2018N/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 Report-Narrative

Additional Notes and Updates from the Birkie Trail Crew

F, 12.14.18 – (600 PM)  If you are an early morning or evening skier, the Birkie has good news…the snowmaking loop has lights! The lights are small but will provide enough illumination for navigation. For now, they are all along the 1k loop. Come check them out!

-Birkie Trail Crew

F, 12.14.18 – (3:00 PM)  We extended the length of the snow-making loop/trail by about .5 km, extending the total length of the snow-making section to about 2 km.  There are 3 sections of the trail where we have pushed snow out and groomed, making those 3 sections of the trail out-and-backs.

That 2 km length of trail was groomed (including classic tracks) again this morning and will be ready for some great weekend skiing.  Enjoy!

-Birkie Trail Crew

Th, 12.13.18 – (1:00 PM)  We groomed the snow-making loop (including classic tracks) this morning.  We will continue to groom this loop as needed so you can continue to expect good conditions on the snowmaking loop.

Snow-making update:  We continue to make snow as the temps allow.  We have pushed snow down a new loop.  When we get more snow, we can groom that loop as well.

Birkie Trail update:  Not enough snow yet on the rest of the Birkie Trail for grooming equipment.  We have heard reports of good skiing on the un-groomed Birkie Trail.  Check out Birkie Trail reports on to hear what other skiers had to say about their experiences.

-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.