Wightman Road | Southern Wisconsin River | RL4WD 4x4 Dirt Trail

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Ryan Harden
Updated March 22, 2020
Blue-Barrens-Trail

Trail Specifics

Trail Type
  • Dirt/Sand
  • Gravel
Overall Difficulty
1 - Easy
Obstacle Level
LVL 1 ​0-5" 0-12cm​
Turning Radius
Acceptable for most RL4WDs
Width
2 Vehicle Wide
Average Encroachment
Some Brush
Trail Depth
LVL 1 ​0-5" 0-12cm​
Trail Grade
LVL 1 ​0-5°​

Wightman Road is a sand, dirt and gravel trail that 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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6.2
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03/21/20
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5.5
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4.0
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7.0
All good to Rivers Edge Trail.
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Nice
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6.5
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4.0
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9.0
Nice easy trail leading to Rivers Edge trail. 
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Sands
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7.0
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4.0
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10.0
This sand road is a lot of fun because you get to experience three different biomes. Jumping from Sand to Forest and having river views it's just an amazing trail for sightseeing and wildlife.
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8.0
Trail was dry and very dusty this weekend. Nice views of the river in spots. 2 wd trail but leads to the Blue Barrens trail.
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Wightman Road (portion of 7/14/19 recruitment ride)
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7.0
Fun Factor
 
6.0
Scenic Value
 
8.0
Cool little trail with a combination of sand/dirt/gravel that winds through the trees and brush.
Level 1 as there is no need for 4WD and the road is on level surface.  Travel duration along this trail is approximately seven minutes.  Wishing there were more trails like this that are longer, giving new drivers the opportunity to enjoy their ride without having to worry about  doing any technical driving.
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