Rib Mountain Quarry Trail

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Rib Mountain Quarry Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Wausau, Wisconsin that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.6 miles
439 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


4 days ago

Had an excellent mid-morning hike here. Did this as an approximately 3.5 mile loop instead of an out-and-back by taking the Turkey Vulture trail (a bit steep, but the path is wide, shaded, and well-maintained) up to and around the quarry, then took Homestead trail (shaded, but not as wide) back down.

The views are impressive, and the trails were pleasant (if a bit buggy). The couple of times I’ve been, there have been a few people using these trails, but not many.

To get to the trailhead, take Highway 51 to exit 190 for North Mountain Road/County Road NN. Head west on NN for about 1.5 miles, then turn left onto Grouse Lane. This road dead ends at the trailhead. Parking is informal along the shoulder, and there’s no one to check whether or not you’ve got a state park pass.

27 days ago

Attempted to hike the Quarry Trail, but no markings until past the observation tower, after following the red trail for about a mile. Used the downloaded map to follow the red trail. Hike was still great - hilly and varied elevation. Would consider this more of a moderate trail.

For those looking to get to the trail, at the parking lot near the concession stand, walk south to the observation deck facing south side. The blue trail runs just in front of this observation deck. Follow this to the red trail. You’ll then see markings for the quarry trail.