That's me on the Summit tower. Bald eagles had been feasting on a deer caracass.
Summit photo courtesy of Bob Webster's Highpoints page. A higher old fashioned forestry tower is behind the newer wooden structure.
The summit from High Point Village and Bass Lake which has cabins to watch the mountain from. A bar used to be on this location but it burned.
We climbed Timms Hill on November 8, 1998, at the beginning of the season's first major snow.
We left U.S. 51 at Tomahawak and drove 26 miles to County Road C where signs clearly marked the way to Timms Hill Park and High Point Village.
Bald eagles feasted on a deer carcass as we approached. There are numerous lakes in the area. The hill is named for Timothy Gahan who owned a logging camp on Timms Lake to the north of the hill. Another lake -- Bass Lake -- boasts of its 30 feet depth and panfish and bass.
Timms Hill is the only state high point that is a county park.
Price County purchased the former 187 acre logging camp once owned by its namesake Timothy Cahan. The park was dedicated in 1983.
A modern wooden tower hovers over the summit with its sugar maple, ash, basswood and white birch Next to the modern tower is an older metal lookout tower. The USGS benchmark is directly under it.
We were the only people in the park as we pulled up at 10 a.m. on a Sunday morning. The radio was playing polka songs.
High Point Village is on the site of a bar that burned on the banks of Bass Lake. It had 2 modern cabins overlooking the lake and the summit. The woman, who owns the modern chalet style main house, says they plan to put in 8 cabins. She said she had been approached to host a Highpointers Convention but couldn't accomdoate such a large gathering.
Her house is covered with ski medals adn she said the winter is the busiest time of year. The Park has 7.5 miles of cross country ski trails.
Timms Hill connects to the Ice Age Trail, a spectacular 1,000-mile trail winding along the terminal moraine of the last glacier across the entire state through kettles (bowl-shaped depressions), eskers (snake-like ridges), and drumlins (elongated, rounded hills). About 500 miles have been completed thus far.
A neighboring pont of interest is Concrete Park consisting of 200 characters, created in 1950 by a lumberjack. The figures Ben Hur, the Lincolns, Native American princess Sacajawea and Paul Bunyan. The concrete figures are decorated with glass and a variety of objects.
Many in Wisconsin believe that the state's highest point is Rib Mountain near Wausau which rises 700 above the ground but at 1,924 feet is 27 feet shorter than Timms.
From here, we drove on to Mount Arvon, Michigan which we bagged 4 hours later.