For winter fun the Hayward Area has over 200 kilometers of some of the best cross-country ski trails in the Midwest. Here you can challenge yourself on the world class American Birkebeiner Trail, the premiere ski trail in North America, or ski at a relaxed pace on narrow paths close to nature. Our cross-country skiing trails make skiing a memorable experience.
This is a very special place anytime of the year, but especially during the winter. The Hayward Area typically receives plenty of snow and offers numerous trails. Whether you are a casual, occasional skier, an active enthusiast or an avid racer, Northwest Wisconsin has something for you. From easy going and intimate classically groomed trails suitable for the whole family to the most significant Nordic superhighway in the nation, the American Birkebeiner Trail, the choices are wonderful.
View list of trails below for your cross country skiing escapades.
Hayward Lakes Area is the Home of the American Birkebeiner Trail
Trail Options: Point to point Birkie trail from Cable to Hayward, 42km. Point to point Birkie Classic Trail from Cable to Cty. OO, 27km. Numerous loop options between Cty. OO and the North End Cabin TrailHead.
Fees: $10.00 daily/$50.00 annual per vehicle. $50.00 daily per bus – Fish Hatchery Park, Mosquito Brook, Cty. OO, and North End Cabin trail heads.
Facilities: TrailHeads: Fish Hatchery Park - parking, pit toilet, warming building, food/lodging and ski shop nearby; Mosquito Brook - parking, pit toilet; OO - parking, pit toilet, warming building, water, food and ski shop nearby, OO south 5km of lighted loops; North End Cabin- parking, pit toilet, warming building, food and lodging nearby.
Directions: Fish Hatchery Park: USH 63 one mile north of Hayward to USH 77, east on 77 for 3 miles to Fish Hatchery Rd., turn left and go 1 mile to trailhead; Mosquito Brook: From Hayward, take USH 63 north 2.9 miles to Phipps Rd., turn right/east, go 1.7 miles to Phipps Firelane at Phipps Tavern. Turn right/east, go 0.4 miles to Mosquito Brook Rd. Turn right/south, go 0.8 miles to the trailhead; OO: USH 63 10 miles north to Cty. OO, turn right/east and drive 3.5 miles to trailhead; North End Cabin: From Hayward take USH 63 north for 17 miles to Cable.
from Cable take Cty. Hwy. M east 0.2 miles to Randysek Rd., turn right/south and follow Randysek Rd. 2 miles to trailhead.
- For more information please call 715-634-5025 or visit www.birkie.com.
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Hatchery Park Trail
Trail options: .4km, 1.15km, 1.9km loops groomed for skating and classical. Trails connect to American Birkebeiner Ski Trail.
Fees: $10.00 daily/$50.00 annual per vehicle. $50.00 daily per bus.
Facilities: Parking, warming building, water, restroom. Food, lodging, ski shop nearby in Hayward. All trails are lighted from dusk to 10pm.
Directions: USH 63 north from Hayward to Hwy. 77. Turn right/east on Hwy. 77 for 4 miles then turn left/north on Hatchery Road. Parking is in the lot at the top of the hill or at another lot near the pavilion.
For more information call 715-634-8685.
Hayward Hospital Ski Trails
Trail Options: 2km loop, 3lm loop - Easy, Lake Loop
Fees: Donations accepted.
Facilities: Parking. Food, lodging, ski shop nearby in Hayward.
Directions: From Hayward follow USH 63 north to the intersection with Hwy. 27/77. Turn left/west. Follow signs to hospital, approximately ¾ mile. Turn right at hospital driveway. Follow to ski trails parking.
For more information call 715-634-8685.
Lost Land Lake Ski Trail
Trail options: Two loops 3.4 and .6km. Beginner to intermediate. Classical.
Facilities: Parking. Lodging, food, warming facility nearby.
Directions: USH 77 east from Hayward for 15 miles. Turn north at Dow's Corner (Upper A) and follow signs for 5 miles to Empire Lodge.
For more information call 715-462-3772.
Mukwonago Ski Trail
Trail Options: Loops of 2.3, 4.4, 7.5 and 13.6km. Groomed for skating and classical.
Fees: $3.00 daily/ $10.00 annual parking fee.
Facilities: Parking, pit toilet.
Directions: From Hayward drive 18.5 miles east on Hwy. 77. From Cable take Hwy. 63 south to Co. Hwy. OO in Seeley and follow OO to Hwy.77. Turn left/east on 77 for another 7 miles.
For more information call 715-634-4821.
North End Ski Trails (Cable)
Trail Options: One 10km loop with two shorter cutoffs. Skating and classical. New classic only trail. Degree of difficulty: intermediate.
Fees: $10.00 daily/$50.00 annual per vehicle. $50.00 daily per bus. In addition, passes are good for the Birkie and Birkie Classic Trails at all Birkie Trail Heads – Fish Hatchery Park, Mosquito Brook, and Cty. OO trail heads.
Facilities: Parking, toilet, warming cabin. Food, lodging nearby. Trails connect to American Birkebeiner Trail and Telemark Resort. Three snowshoe trails begin at same trail head.
Directions: Take County Hwy. M east from Cable. Go 2 blocks and turn right on Randysek Rd. Go 2 miles south to North End Trail Head.
For more information call 715-798-3599.
Trail-Directions: Follow US HWY 63 to Seeley (10 miles N of Hayward). Turn east on
County Hwy OO. Go ½ mile to Old OO. Turn right and continue 1.5 miles to parking lot on the right.
Facilities: warming building, water, restroom, and parking. No fees but donations are accepted. All trails are lighted from dusk until 10 p.m.
For more information contact 715-634-8685
The soft sound of your snowshoes packing the snow are about all one can hear as you make your way through the woods in the deep snow of our long northwestern Wisconsin winters. We hope you enjoy your snowshoeing experience here in northwest Wisconsin and come back often to explore other parts of the region.
HASTA Hospital Ski Trail
Length: 1 mile loops, Parking, Dogs allowed on snowshoe trail. Snowshoe trails are marked with colored tape on trees. No fee or pass required.
Hatchery Creek Park
Length: 3 miles. Trail type: Intermediate. The trails are lit from dusk to 10 pm. No fee or pass required. Trail does connect to the Birkie Trail where a fee is required.
Town of Hayward Recreational Forest Trail.
Length: 4 miles of winding trails for snowshoeing and skiing with a couple hills, scenic, small lake; dogs are allowed. Easy to Moderate. No Fee or pass required.