OverviewRib Mountain (formerly Rib Hill) consists of an impressive ridge almost 4 miles in length that peaks at the summit of Rib Mountain (1924 ft above sea level). Rib Mountain is not the highest point above sea level in the state: that honor is due Timm's Hill (1952 ft above sea level). However Rib Mountain does stand higher above the surrounding terrain (670 ft) than any other hill in the state. In an interesting misinterpretation, a local guidebook once claimed that Rib Mountain "towers 2000 ft above Wausau" -- a statement that clearly confuses "elevation", or height above sea level, with "relief"!.
Rib Mountain is not volcanic in nature, as the shape of the terrain may
In the pursuit of county highpointing Rib Mountain is widely considered the hardest county (Marathon) highpoint in Wisconsin. While the scramble to the top of quartzite outcrop is probably only class 3 it certainly beats the socks off of walking through a muddy corn field.
Rib Mountain State Park also offers over 15 miles of trails. A trail map can be found here
Getting ThereTake exit 188 from US 51 for Rib Mountain State Park (not exit 190 for Rib Mountain Ski Area). Follow county road N to the west towards the state park. There is an admission fee for the park. Drive almost to the summit, which has a 60' observation tower, and the USGS BM nearby.
Red TapeThere is an entrance fee for Rib Mountain State park and a full rundown of the current fees can found here
There are some wonderful camping spots located in the state park. More information can be found at the following link: Camping fees at Rib Mountain State Park
External LinksRib Mountain on wikipedia
Granite Peak, a local ski area is located on Rib Mountain
Rib Mountain State Park