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Birkie Trail
Hayward, WI
Trail Length: 52k  Maps: | 1 OO Cabin , 1 Birkie Ridge , 1 Fish Hatchery , 1 North End Cabin , 1 Mosquito Brook , 1 Start Area 
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: Yes Snowmaking: No
Contact: 715-634-5025    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   The famous Birkie trail. A great, rolling trail through the woods between Cable and Hayward. There is a short section south from double O that is lighted.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017  posted: 2/23/2017 8:53:15 AM
Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
  Birkie Trail Manager Chris has opened the Birkie Trail from the OO Trailhead south. The trail is reported to be very icy, thin and has bare spots. They recommend advanced skiers only - be very careful.
(Bruce Adelsman)
Saturday, February 18, 2017  posted: 2/18/2017 10:46:59 AM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  Birkie Ridge trail only: Rock hard trail in the morning. Groomer was not out so rutted from Friday skiers. Please ski out North Trail and come in on South Trail - thus all uphills and downhills will be in same direction. Currently South Trail downhills are almost impossible because folks were climbing on Friday and thus extremely rutted.
(George Larson)
Wednesday, February 15, 2017  posted: 2/15/2017 12:14:30 PM
Secondhand Scheduling 
  The Birkie organizers will be closing the trail this Thursday evening for the foreseeable future as they attempt to preserve the best conditions for the races next weekend.
(Bruce Adelsman)
Monday, February 13, 2017  posted: 2/13/2017 3:54:09 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Skied from Gravel Pit to Fish Hatchery Sunday afternoon on crackly fast corduroy. And one of us skied on to Wheeler Rd, but as reported it was not regroomed after Pre-Birkie and was pretty terrifying boilerplate or frozen bumpy snow. I walked down the last two hills for safety! Today we skied between OO and Mosquito Brook between noon and 3pm. Skate deck is still firm, not icy, and not compressing much despite the sun and 42 degrees except in the open sunny areas and a few south facing hills. Track is surprisingly intact and varies from soft to glazed. Some leaves and pine needles on the trail due to the winds. Skin skis worked well. Beware of grabby slow snow in the sunny areas - good balance practice! Photos are 1-2km north of Mosquito Brook.
Photos:  
(Carolyn Senty)
Monday, February 13, 2017  posted: 2/13/2017 1:20:41 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Good skiing generally. It got warm on Sunday and then froze hard overnight so it can be hard and icy. But there is still corduroy to be found from Saturday evenings grooming so I would still call it good skiing. This is another situation where better skiers are going to think conditions are good and beginning skiers will need to exercise a little caution. The spouse is in Korte recon mode at this point so we tried to ski the southern part of the trail. It was groomed after the Pre-Birkie as far south as Fish Hatchery but not past. So the section between Fish Hatchery and Hwy 77 is dicey. If you're going that same thing as us, that is, previewing sections of the trail prior to race day, I might suggest waiting until closer to mid day when the surface softens up somewhat.
(Andy Schwartz)

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