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 on winter solstice (Dec. 21, 2014): We need snow, looks like the forecast is favorable the next few days. Rain & warm-up (December 13-15) removed a lot of the base. There currently is skiable snow, but conditions are poor: a crusty base; intermittent grass or dirt spots, especially on hills; frozen collected water in low spots; & a poorly defined residual classic track. If skiing these conditions, rock skis are strongly advised; & use extreme caution on downhills. Currently, the snowshoe trail may be your best option for enjoying the Hills, either using the snowshoe trail that starts behind the warming house, or snowshoeing cross country.
December 17th lightly groomed the skate lane of our early season Eastside/Westside loops that total 8 km.
Follow these links for maps dated December 17th showing Eastside grooming and Westside grooming (maps open in new pages). To view the most current maps, you may need to refresh the page in your browser.
1/2" Tuesday Dec. 16. Annual totals - click here.
For a slideshow introduction, visit this link.