Blue Hills Trails

Bruce, Wisconsin 54819

Blue Hills Trails

Blue Hills Trails Professional Review and Guide

"The Blue Hills Trails are a desolate pair of trail clusters in northern Wisconsin with just over 20 miles of mapped routes. The trails were developed in the late 1980s in the southern portion of the Rusk County Forest by the area trail association, in hopes of providing a secluded, scenic, wooded area for a variety of users. Bikers, hikers, skiers, and hunters all take advantage of the property, making it important to be aware of others on the trail at all times. Until recently, the paths were also open to horses but due to the soft terrain, the weight of the animals was tearing up the trails, and horses are no longer allowed on the east-side trails. At press time, some trails were undergoing development and restoration— still ridable but definitely under development.

The west side of the system is a bit more spread out and lighter on miles. The terrain is flatter and open scenic areas are more common than in the thick forest of the east side. Elevation Change: Climbs of 40 to 50 feet in the east cluster are common, most often at rather steep grades. The west cluster is much flatter."

Blue Hills Trails Reviews

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To preface, this trail system/organization is awesome for cross coutry skiing. That said, calling this a "mountain biking" trail, is grossly inaccurate. There is nothing here that even closely resembles single track. All of the trails that are not forest service roads, are rediculously overgrown. Additionally the bugs were awful - one would have to use a quantity of deet that would ensure a future maligancy, in order to make a summer outing on this trail tollerable. For some reason horses are not allowed on these trails... Horses would probably help the cause by eating grass and packing it down. If you are looking for legitimate mountain biking trails, you will not be disappointed with those along the Birkie trail, maintained by CAMBRA.

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Trail Information

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Opposite ski season. Late spring till first snowfall. The trails are strictly off-limits during ski season to maintain the grooming. The local trail association also asks that riders show good judgment and not ride when the trails are saturated.
Rusk County Trail Association
Local Contacts
The trail area is shown on the USGS 7.5-minute quad for Bruce.
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Jul 2018