Sauk Prairie Trails | Baraboo, WI | RL4WD 4x4 Trail

Ryan Harden August 26, 2018
 
5.7 (3)
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Contact Info

Phone Number
608-356-2185

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
No Brush
Water / Mud
Few or None
Water / Mud Bypasses
Can Bypass Most Areas
Max Grade Level
2
Hill Types
Few / No Hills

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. 

Join or Log In to see the printable maps, downloadable GPS tracks/waypoints and write reviews/send trail reports. Funds are used to build more trails.

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. 

 

Join or Log In to see the printable maps, downloadable GPS tracks/waypoints and write reviews/send trail reports. Funds are used to build more trails.

Map listings are subject to change at any time for any reason. Please respect all property, pick up trash, report abuse and be an ethical trail advocate. Your actions speak for all of us. Trails are mapped via the Universal Trail Rating System. If you find the rating system to be wrong, please write a review to correct (send pictures if possible). 

Call your local chapter club, trail guide, or ask about trails you’re thinking of going to before you go there. Please travel with a buddy, never alone. If a trail is closed, please write a review ASAP to inform others of what you saw. Read the map listing reviews as people will post things that may aid you in your visit.

We’re all the eyes and ears of the trails so your reviews are crucial to keeping trails in open and expanding.

Use your discretion before attempting to crawl or maneuver over trails & waypoints. The Road Legal 4WD Association, Chapters, Trail Guides, Elders, Land Owners, Sponsors, and Members are not responsible for your course of action, only you are.

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

NEVER POST UNETHICAL or ILLEGAL ACTIVITY TO ANY WEBSITE OR SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNEL. Those who oppose us, are always watching us.

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.

User reviews

3 reviews

Overall rating 
 
5.7
Fun Factor 
 
4.3  (3)
Scenic Value 
 
7.0  (3)
Interesting with great potential
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3.0
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2.0
Scenic Value 
 
4.0
Interesting back story with tons of potential. Wish there was more to do for the crawler/off-road crowd.
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I live in this area and like Ryan said, the master plan is kind of a joke. Neat area to drive around. There are a couple more gravel roads not too far from this that go into the Baraboo Bluffs. Neat area to drive around with so much potential. 
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This is a great scenic area. If you are looking for a peaceful place to go for a drive and take in the sights, then this is the place to go. All of the roads are not maintained so there are areas of dirt roads and dips in the road.  They have the areas that you should not be in very well marked. If you go slow and take in the sights, this will take you about an hour to complete. 
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