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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

Mowing

Update

Snowfall

Trail Conditions

Saturday, August 1:
Grasses are short on the trails mowed this summer (see mowing update for details). Despite the wet start to the summer - and with exception of the distant Eastside trails where frequent muddy areas persist - most of the trails are firm enough to offer good hiking. Mountain biking is best on the drier Westside trails. Bug activity is still quite limited - only small numbers of mosquitoes and ticks. Deer flies are somewhat bothersome, but are repelled by folks wearing a hat.

On the unmowed trails, grasses range from 1-5 feet high. Hiking and biking the unmowed trails isn't this writer's idea of a good time.

Click here for a map showing an active logging operation on the Eastside trails. 

Mowing Update

August 1
Click on this link for a map showing trails mowed on the Eastside of the trail system.

In late June, we began our summertime mowing of the Eastside trails, beginning at the warming house and moving outward. The Westside trails were mowed the middle of July.

Big warm-up began March 7, last grooming of the ski trails was March 11, 2015.

Snowfall

April 21: blustery day, frequent snow showers, no accumulation

Annual totals - click here.