Blue Barrens Trail | Southern Wisconsin River | RL4WD 4x4 Trail

Ryan Harden July 20, 2018
 
6.3 (2)
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Trail Specifics

Overall Difficulty
1 - Easy
Crawlability
1 - Easy
Obstacle Bypasses
Can Bypass Most Areas
Turning Radius
Acceptable for most RL4WDs
Width
2 Vehicle Wide
Average Encroachment
Some Brush
Water / Mud
Few or None
Water / Mud Bypasses
Can Bypass Most Areas
Max Grade Level
1 - No Grade
Hill Types
Few / No Hills

The Blue Barrens Trail runs along the Blue River Sand Barrens.

This trail is a mix of sand, gravel, and dirt. The Blue River Sand Barrens features one of the largest arid ecological communities of Wisconsin. Sand barrens are upland communities that develop on unstable alluvial sands along rivers such as the Mississippi and Wisconsin. They are partly or perhaps wholly anthropogenic in origin, occurring on sites historically disturbed by plowing or grazing. The flat, sandy areas resemble dry prairies but contain actively moving sand dunes, and dunes stabilized by a thin forest cover of black and Hill's oak. "Blowouts", large, unvegetated depressions in the sand surface and eroded by wind, are scattered throughout. Early dune and blowout colonizers include lichens, false heather, bearberry, and sedges while species such as three-awn grass, June grass, rough blazing-star, hoary puccoon, sand cress, and prickly pear cactus are common in the barrens. Invertebrate life includes unusual species and an abundance of antlions. Additional animal life includes vesper sparrow, Franklin's ground squirrel, and numerous nocturnal rodents. Blue River Sand Barrens is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 1968. More at - https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Lands/naturalareas/index.asp?SNA=69

 

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User reviews

2 reviews

Overall rating 
 
6.3
Fun Factor 
 
4.5  (2)
Scenic Value 
 
8.0  (2)
Overall rating 
 
6.0
Fun Factor 
 
5.0
Scenic Value 
 
7.0
I like that this trail leads right to the Rivers Edge trail. I came right after a rain, and it was a bit muddy though not very difficult. Looks like they had a controlled burn not long ago, so a lot of the undergrowth is burned-will probably be fine by spring. Overall, this trail isn't mind blowing but is worth checking out, especially on your way to the River's Edge Trail
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Blue Barrens Trail Downed Tree
(Updated: July 20, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
6.5
Fun Factor 
 
4.0
Scenic Value 
 
9.0
This trail has some pretty amazing things to look at. It was a mix of dirt and gravel. There was a downed tree (lvl 1) that had to be crawled over when I was there. That was fun! 
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