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2 months ago

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

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.

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.

ok, better than nothing but not a good workout for Road Bikes.

Large parking lot - easy trails for the family

6 months ago

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!

8 months ago

Nice trail through the forest. Amazing colors in fall.

11 months ago

leg burner on the way back up!

11 months ago

Nice walk. Pretty Park.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

nice little walk along the river with the dogs. pretty little bridges. while its right in town still pretty quiet

Saturday, July 29, 2017


Sunday, October 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.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

loved the beauty of it

Sunday, September 06, 2015

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

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Great views

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

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

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

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

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Friday, December 27, 2013

If you do not have time to drive to Rib Mountain this trail offers a nice run through an older stand of woods next to the river. My preference would be to be further out of the city, but for convenience sake this trail offers a lot for those with little time.

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Tuesday, December 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.

Friday, November 02, 2012

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

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

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

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