Birch Lake Trail Cross Country Skiing

The 10th most popular XC Ski in Minnesota.

South of Ely in the Superior National Forest, the Birch Lake Plantation Ski and Hiking Trail is a nice route through a 120 acre red pine plantation. The trailhead is located 1 mile northeast of Babbitt.

To reach the cross-country skiing trailhead from Babbit, head northeast on SR623 for 1 mile. The trailhead parking area is just east of FS131.

Overall, Birch Lake Trail is the 10th most popular cross country ski area of all 39 Nordic ski destinations in Minnesota.

Birch Lake Trail Cross Country Skiing Map



Local Contact(s):  SNF (218) 365-7600; Ely Visitors (800) 777-7281; MN Visitors (800) 657-3700.

Recommended Book:  "Basic Cross-Country Skiing" from J Scott McGee

Best Season:  Dec. - Mar.

Base Camp:  Smittys On Snowbank, Ely

Luxury Loding:  Burntside Lodge (218) 365-3894

Breakfast Restaurant:  Minglewood Cafe, Ely

Date Published:  

Date Updated:  6/28/2016

ID:  7270

Birch Lake Trail Cross Country Skiing Map


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