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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

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - morning:

Excellent conditions.


Near perfect skate deck. Wide smooth and firm, most trails with either fresh corduroy Tuesday or 1/2" windblown snow on top of Monday's grooming.


Extensive classic track ranges from good to very good to excellent. The track provides a solid kick, pole plants are 95% firm, some areas have 1/2"-1" of drifted snow and need traffic. Occasional crumbling sidewalls didn't interfere with striding yesterday (setting track in dry snow at cold temps is a challenge).


Following the February 2nd big snowfall (8-12 inches), all the trails have been reopened.

Grooming Update

Most recent grooming was Tuesday, February 9.


Feb. 9: extensive grooming of Eastside trails (worked on the skate lane and added lots of fresh classic track)

Feb. 8: the Westside trails and the Eastside core loop received thorough grooming of the skate lane and placement of fresh classic track.


Big snowfall Tuesday (Feb. 2) was a big grooming challenge that was met by grooming in mutliple shifts on Feb. 3,4,5,and 6.


Be sure to refer to "TRAIL CONDITIONS" (the tab to your left) for more info.


Latest snowfall


February 7-8: 2"-3" fluffy snow & ongoing snow showers

Annual totals - click here.