Northwest of Bruce in northwest Wisconsin, the Blue Hills Trail began as an eleven-mile complex of loops nestled within a rolling forest of hardwoods cut by small streams and sprinkled with white pines, balsam, and hemlock. It has since been expanded to a 20-mile system that is considered one of the most scenic cross-country ski trails in the Midwest. The trails many loops and intersections allow skiers to make their outings as long and challenging or as short and easy as they like.
The trailhead is located on the east side of Fire Lane Road, 2.5 miles from county highway O in the northwest corner of Rusk County. Fire Lane Road is in turn located 8 miles from Bruce and 0.5 miles from the Christie Mountain downhill ski area. The trail itself is intersected by Fire Lane Road. The east side, which includes the original, heavily wooded trail, is non-motorized and closed to horses. The more open west side features large beaver ponds and sweeping vistas.
To reach the East Side trailhead from the intersection of US 8 and SR 40 in Bruce, go north on SR 40 for 1.2 miles. Turn left on CR O and travel 7.3 miles. Turn right on Fire Lane Rd. (Blue Hills Trail Rd.) and go 2.4 miles to the trailhead on the right.
Overall, Blue Hills Trail is the 13th most popular cross country ski area of all 33 Nordic ski destinations in Wisconsin.
Local Contacts: Rusk Tourism (800) 535-RUSK; WI Visitors (800) 432-8747.
Best Season: Dec. - Mar.
GPS: 45.5363, -91.4065
Date Published: 1/1/2016
Date Updated: 7/27/2016
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