Sauk Prairie Trails | Baraboo, WI | RL4WD 4x4 Paved And Gravel Roads

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Ryan Harden Updated October 11, 2019
 
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Trail Specifics

Trail Type
  • Gravel
  • Paved
Overall Difficulty
1 - Easy
Obstacle Level
LVL 1 ​0-5" 0-12cm​
Turning Radius
Acceptable for most RL4WDs
Width
2 Vehicle Wide
Average Encroachment
No Brush
Trail Depth
LVL 1 ​0-5" 0-12cm​
Trail Grade
LVL 2 6-10°​

Sauk Prairie is a strange set of trails that are old roads. There are some actual trail sections and the drive is scenic. 

The Sauk Prairie Trails are some of the strangest trails in Wisconsin. Built at an old WWII military ammunition site, you'll experience old roads of decay is if you were in some kind of Apocalyptic setting (no you don't have to watch for zombies). Stranger still, this property has two old cemeteries with some gravestones dating back to the 1700's. While the trails here are snoozeville, it's still worth experiencing as there is simply nothing else like it in Wisconsin. 

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This property is under constant improvements and you have to stay on the marked trails. While there are dozens of places that look like trails that aren't on the map, after talking with the park ranger, you will be illegal if you divert from the designated trail umm... roadmap. 

The old abandoned homes and hilly scenery are pretty neat. The horse and bike trails are not well maintained and don't look enjoyable (again on old paved roadway). This park feels like a band-aid for what could be recreation but serves no actual recreational purpose. It's "available to all" yet doesn't work well for anybody. Furthermore, the master plan locks this area into this eternal abyss of nothingness. The only people you find here are the park ranger... it's very lightly used and one trip will explain why. 

You'll see railway that is being converted to a paved (ya, more pavement) walkway/bike path. Culvers recently donated half a million bucks to remove the tracks and umm... ppaaaa paveeee pave it (it's like saying a dirty word). The ranger also said that they are working on the lower half of the property to add Off-Highway Motorcycle trails.. but again it'll be on pavement so it'll be more trail that isn't trail with machines that'll also find this area pretty mundane. What WILL happen is the paved trails will instantly turn into supermoto courses.. which will likely end in the parks eventual motorsports closure.

If these trails feel like doom and gloom, it should. This property is highly contested between the user groups and the result are trails that don't work for anybody. The Master Plan for this property is a joke locking everything to the paved road areas. Without revision, this useless waste will continue. At thousands of acres, this could be an amazing paradise for all motorized and non-motorized users, but it serves as a good example of what happens when trail users can't get along and work together to make a great network of trails. 

So on a happy note, maybe something can happen here in the future. It'll take a lot of work, countless meetings, lots of public input and years and years of frustration but "maybe" this could be something amazing by the time our kids grow up. 

 

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Do not attempt anything beyond your capability, get proper training and never travel alone.

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We recommend you carry a first aid kit, ABC automotive fire extinguisher, recovery gear and communication with you at all time when on the trail. Please take the time to ask questions and get training on vehicle and equipment use.

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So Much Possibility
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2.5
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4.0
Our first stop on this ride was the old Badger Ammunition plant land. I had heard a lot of stories about this place but had never been there. So viewing from behind the steering wheel of a road legal 4x4 was a great perspective. I have to admit I didn't take many photos but managed to get a few at the cemetery.  That to me what the most interesting part of the trip. 

The historic significance of this place was very sobering. In fact the entire lands history has so much to offer the off road public if it was just accessible. So many options for slow speed and high - clearance trails through the beautiful landscape. These types of trails are needed to fully enjoy what we have right in front of us.  We have the landscape, we have interest we just need trails! 
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History Lesson
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4.0
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6.0
Found this to be more of a historical ride through an abandoned, government-destroyed piece of land. Not even a good ghost town. I'll take that back, there's a nice cemetery from many years past. This has the potential of being something much more usable to many more recreations of the local residents and those tourists that drive by and wonder what that's all about. 
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First time
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4.5
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3.0
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6.0
Last stop today, had to watch out for farm equipment they were busy but courteous. Saw a few critters. Next time we'll stop at the museum.
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Burning The Fields
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5.0
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2.0
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8.0
It's always fun taking a ride through this massive park. They were burning some of the fields as we did our Easter run. Just wish the user groups would get along so we can get some Slow Speed Trails in here. It seems this area is large enough for all recreations, sad that a few have to ruin it for the rest of us. I have hope though as more Jeeps and more stuff in our club happens, maybe someday we can get the DNR to allow real trails to be in here. 
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Cool history
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6.0
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2.0
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10.0
Saw and learned a lot on this ride.  I had know idea this was the largest during WWII.  Very interesting stuff.  Hopefully some more trail can be made!
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