Rib Mountain Yellow Trail

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Rib Mountain Yellow Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Wausau, Wisconsin that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.0 miles Elevation Gain: 951 feet Route Type: Loop

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rocky
1 month ago

The trail is a challenge with steep uphill and downhill trail sections. There are quite a few foot bridges. If it isn't too dry you will be able to see and hear a number of small streams that run alongside and under the trail. A pretty and tiring hike!

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rocky
1 month ago

hiking
3 months ago

The yellow section was broad and pretty smooth, though it did have some sections that were work just from the climb. The red section was a narrower, rockier, single track that went through a different sort of ecosystem. I also looped around the quarry and homestead trails, just for the miles; then, climbed the lookout tower at the top of the hill. All in all, an enjoyable afternoon.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy family friendly hike spot. Make sure to stop at the lookout tower at the top.

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked yellow trail in mid-May. Very scenic and serene, showcasing blooming May Apples, trillium, ferns. Saw white-tailed dear and hawks. Some parts steep, but can opt to take a more meandering route. This spring (2019), many dead leaves, covering rock and wet ground that can be slippery.

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muddy
6 months ago

The trail actually starts off on the red trail and then later breaks off onto the yellow trail. It’s a little muddy here and there right now, but overall pretty nice.

Sun Jul 15 2018

Mon Jun 25 2018

Great trail. Certainly has a righteous uphill section for hiking or trail run. Trail well marked. $8 daily parking fee for vehicles only.

snowshoeing
Mon Feb 26 2018

We love using the Turkey Vulture Trail, Homestead Loop, and Yellow Trail. Beautiful in the winter and it’s a fun and scenic work out. Love Rib Mountain!

hiking
Wed Jan 17 2018

Nice trail through the forest. Amazing colors in fall.

Mon Oct 09 2017

leg burner on the way back up!

hiking
Sun Oct 09 2016

A good trail. Right at 5 miles, with about 1 mile of ups and downs. The rest is a very pleasant stroll in the woods. The parking area has restrooms. In state parking is $8 or $28 for the year, that includes all state parks. Out of state is slightly more. There are a number of shorter trails, good for hiking and snowshoeing.

Thu May 12 2016

loved the beauty of it

Sun Sep 06 2015

The red trail was killer for me. But I followed it up with the easy green trail to end my day.

Sun Jun 07 2015

Great views

hiking
Wed Jun 03 2015

5 minutes out of town, you feel like you're in Cascade foothills.

walking
Wed Jan 08 2014

Awesome trail. Nice view of the City. Nice to visit Year round.

running
Tue Dec 24 2013

Even in the dead of winter with the trail completely covered I found this oasis in Wausau enjoyable offering nice views of the city as well as beautiful, verdant views of the forest and rolling hills. I would have given this trail more stars if it had also offered moving water and or scenic views.

hiking
Fri Nov 02 2012

My favorite trail to hike. There are a lot of hidden sites if the explorer is willing to dig deep.

hiking
Wed Jun 27 2012

Very nice set of trails, with streams, cliffs, rock scrambles - interesting geology.

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