Sunday, April 24, 2016

Rib Mountain State Park

This post has been a long time coming. Rib Mountain State Park is practically in my backyard and Charlie and I have hiked there several times, but for some reason I just never get a post done on it.

So Saturday morning we were invited to join some new Facebook friends on a hike and I took the opportunity to finally capture some photos of a few of the trails we hiked.

Rib Mountain is the second highest point in Wisconsin (Timm's Hill is the highest) and there are some spectacular views from the multitude of trails to choose from. Plus the billion-year-old rock formations are pretty awesome! Did I mention that there's a popular downhill ski hill here too?

Today's hike featured plenty of white birch along the Quarry Trail, Turkey Vulture Trail and Homestead Trail, and the snow melt from Granite Peak Ski Area had tiny streams running down the hillside creating a lullaby of trickling water.

If you're into historical sites, there are plenty of educational markers on some trails including the remains of a building that used to hold dynamite for the quarry and the old foundation of one of the first homesteads in the area.

We didn't have time to check out everything, but we'll be back to spend more time learning about the history of this hill, enjoying the quiet peacefulness of the woods and taking in the wildlife, like the circling turkey vultures gliding on warm air currents along the quarry walls.