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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

Trail Conditions as of January 24

Temperatures in the mid 30's and a moist granular snow slowing skis down a little, but the skate deck is still real solid. Classic track looking good.  Good skis not a problem for the core loop and adjacent trails on the Eastside. The outside loop, 5-6-7-30A still a little rough. Reports from the Westside trails are all very good.

95% of the 35 km trail system is open, you'll find plenty of base, dirt spots are rare. Refer to our 'Grooming Update' for maps showing groomed trails.


If snowshoeing, you can enjoy the snowshoe trail that starts behind the warming house, snowshoe on the side of the groomed ski trail, or simply snowshoe cross country.

Grooming Update

January 24:  With the forecast for colder temperatures and possibly some snow, the groomers plan to touch up the Westside trails and the Eastside core loop early on Sunday morning.

January 22: All the classic tracks on the Eastside trails have been re-set.

January 21: The skating lanes of trails not groomed yesterday were hit by the crew today. New tracks were set on some of the Eastside trails with the balance to be done before the weekend.


Follow these links for maps dated January 6 providing important details regarding Eastside grooming and Westside grooming (maps open in new pages).  You may need to refresh (reload) your browser's page to view the most current maps.


Trace of snow overnight January 21.  Annual totals - click here.