Frost is entering the ground, conditions are good for hiking and fat tire biking. Many trails are bare, shaded areas have snow cover measuring 1/2"-1" or more.
November 29: flurries
We usually start grooming the ski trail some time in early December as the deer gun hunts wind down. It's all very weather dependent, we need snow.
The Blue Hills Trail was established in 1987 by a group of local cross-country skiers. Originally incorporated as the Rusk County Trail Association, 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 nonprofit 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.
Please consider leaving your legacy of support by including the Blue Hills Trail Association, Inc. in your will.
Travel 8 miles northwest of Bruce on County O; watch for Fire Lane road one-half mile east of the Christie Mountain downhill ski area. Then travel 2.5 miles north on Fire Lane Road. Signs to the Blue Hills Trail will show you the way.
On the map above, please click the red map point. This will open up a new browser tab where you can enter your starting address to access detailed directions to the Blue Hills Trail.
The Blue Hills Trail provides a heated warming house at the East Side trailhead where you can change out of your day clothes and into your ski gear if desired. The furnace operates from early December until winter disappears.
Map information, the trail log book, and seating are inside for your convenience.
Separate men and women's pit toilets are a short walk from the warming house.
There is no cell service or running water, so please plan accordingly.
During the coronavirus pandemic, we require a mask in the warming house. Thank you in advance for respecting our facilities!
Please see above for directions.
The entire trail system is non-motorized and intended for silent sports activities. Please report violators to the Rusk County Sheriff's office at 715-532-2200.
At minimum, we request a $5 per person, per day donation at the trailhead. Please contribute $10 or more. The Blue Hills Trail Association, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with an annual budget of around $20,000. Please support us either through daily donations, memberships, or separate donations. We are run entirely by volunteers so all your monies go toward maintaining and improving the Blue Hills Trail.
Please click here to take out a membership. Thank you - your support helps us remain financially stable.
Please see the Maps section above for trail maps.
You are welcome to stride (classic ski) on any of the trails. Groomers place classic track on most of the trail sections, often totaling 25 km. We do not place track on steeper downhills, some downhill curves, narrow/rough sections, or technically challenging trails. After some heavier snowfalls it may take a couple grooming sessions before the snow is ready for fresh classic track. Setting track often requires a magical combination of adequate fresh snow, the right humidity, and cooperative temperatures.
Snowshoers are welcome. Dedicated snowshoe trails start behind the warming house. Please visit to view our snowshoe trails: Nordic Pines Trail, Rolling Oaks Trail, and Ridges Trail. If snowshoeing on the ski trail, please stay toward the side of the groomed surface to lessen your impact on the skating lane - and it goes without saying that you should avoid the classic track.
We don't offer rentals - visit the Shops & Lodging section above for suggestions of ski shops that may offer rentals. Snowshoes may be available for loaner use at the Visitor's Center in Ladysmith.
No! Walking on any portion of the groomed ski trail ruins the grooming. Similar to the surface of an ice skating rink, we try to maintain a smooth surface for skate skiers, and of course the classic tracks need to be crisp and clean.
Winter ski season:
Dogs are not allowed on the East Side of the trail system.
Dogs are welcome on the West Side of the trail system.
Dogs are welcome throughout the trail system.
Horses are not allowed on the East Side of the trail system. During dry conditions in summer and fall, horses are allowed on the West Side - the best access is at Letter A.
We maintain separate pit toilets for men and women. Find them north of the warming house at the East Side trail head.
No running water is available. Please supply your own hydration.
Yes. During the ski season, the warming house is heated to 62 degrees F during the daylight hours and 45 degrees F overnight.
As of December 2010, many of those comments will be posted on our blog. Click here for archived comments from the warming house logbook.
No. But you may be able to receive cell phone service about 3 miles south of the warming house on County Highway O.
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