Mile 5 starts with some gentle hills and curves in a beautiful hardwood forest. After crossing a private driveway, there's gentle climb to a beautiful view of Stone Lake, and then a short decent to Park Drive.
After crossing Park Drive, the trail winds thru a mature hardwood forest, and then climbs to the southern end of the Stone Lake Esker. Along the esker there is an eagles nest lookout and a trail kiosk with the Timm's Hill Trail Guest Book (be sure to sign the Guest Book!). After the kiosk, the trail follows a steep decent off the esker to a small creek that is spanned by Blomberg Bridge. This 33 foot trestle bridge was constructed in 1904 by the Wisconsin Bridge and Steel Company. Until 1970 it served as a highway bridge in the town of Rib Lake. The Blomberg families were instrumental in reassembling the bridge at this site in 1986.
In 2017, Blomberg Bridge was widened from 6' to 8' and new 4x6 decking was installed. A special thanks to Gail & David Nelson and Paul Gabriel who spent 2 days to complete this project, Scot Bromann who secured the steel and provided the welder/generator for the project, and the Rib Lake Ski & Snowshoe Club for support and funding.
See pictures of the project here.
North of Blomberg Bridge there are two quick curves with gentle hills followed by a straight stretch that leads to a private road crossing and Mile Post #5.
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