Skiing and Snowshoeing

Cross Country Trail Report

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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.

Winter in Hayward LakesThis 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.

American Birkebeiner Trail

Trail Options:

  1. Point to point Birkie trail from the American Birkebeiner Trailhead in Cable to the Fish Hatchery Trailhead in Hayward, 41.1km.
  2. Point to point Birkie Classic Trail from the American Birkebeiner Trailhead in Cable to the OO Trailhead in Seeley, 25.4 km.
  3. The North End Ski Trails, FIsh Hatchery Loops and OO Loops (see specific information below) can all be accessed from the Birkie Trail.
  4. There is a snowmaking loop at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead that is groomed and tracked before there is enough natural snow to groom the Birkie Trail.  *Special pass required (see below).


Facilities: TrailHeads: Fish Hatchery Park - parking, pit toilet, warming building, food/lodging and ski shop nearby; Mosquito Brook - parking, warming building; OO-NEW! Samuel C. Johnson Family Outdoor Center with indoor bathrooms and gathering area, parking, water, restaurant nearby-  OO South 4 km of lighted loops; OO North-2 km Easy Strider Classic Loop. Gravel Pit-warming building, limited parking (after Mosquito Brook); Boedecker