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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 February 1 a.m.

Very good to excellent skate skiing available yesterday on most of the trails. Areas with Saturday's fresh corduroy skied the best, while trails groomed a couple days earlier also were in very good shape. Edge control is good throughout, trail surfaces are hard and fast, and skating was as fun as it gets. Classic track was set on almost the entire trail system during the middle of the week, it's a bit shallow but in good shape, in some areas a bit glazed. Only the Eastside back loop (5-6-7-30A) is still a little rough but it's getting better with each grooming, and a shallow track has been set on that stretch.

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 31: many of the Eastside trails received touch-up grooming Saturday morning.
January 29: Groomed skate lane of entire Westside & much of Eastside. Also added or freshened classic track where needed.

Follow these links for maps dated January 15 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.


January 26: 2" new snow.  Annual totals - click here.