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The Blue Hills Trail was established in 1987 by a group of local x-country skiers. The organization reincorporated as the Blue Hills Trail Association (BHTA) in the fall of 2006 to reflect the increasingly regional nature of the operation and to facilitate the attainment of 501c3 status.


The group remains dependent on annual membership dues, donations, and the cooperation of the Rusk County Forestry Department for its continued existence. New members, suggestions and financial support are all greatly appreciated. Thanks to all the individuals and businesses that support the Blue Hills Trail System year round.






Trail Conditions

Saturday, October 14, 2017:

Colors are past peak, but still very enjoyable. Plenty of leaves to shuffle through.


Hiking is good, wetter weather means damper trails. After rainfalls, Eastside trails on the ridge top will be muddy due to extensive bulldozing to repair trails following logging, erosion, and trail building. You can avoid muddy areas by focusing your hike closer to the warming house.


Bug activity is minimally bothersome.


Nearly the entire trail system was mowed this summer. Check the 'Mowing Update' for details.

Mowing Update

The Westside was mowed during the first half of July. Eastside mowing began in late June, and by early August, almost all of the Eastside was mowed.


Click here for the Eastside map showing mowed trails, updated August 22nd.


Latest snowfall

April 27: flurries

Annual totals - click here.

Our annual fundraising banquet is Saturday evening, November 4th at Lehman's Supper Club in Rice Lake. Join the fun! Reservations are mandatory. Click here for details.