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Unread 04-26-2015, 08:50 PM   #1
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Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail

Has anyone run this trail, especially with a Jeep? Looks like it could make for a fun long weekend.

http://transwisconsintrail.com/wordpress/?page_id=91

Thanks in advance for any advice!

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Unread 07-06-2015, 11:53 PM   #2
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Has anyone run this trail, especially with a Jeep? Looks like it could make for a fun long weekend.

http://transwisconsintrail.com/wordpress/?page_id=91

Thanks in advance for any advice!
I know its been a while since you posted. But ive rode the TWAT and im planning on riding it again this fall

Not technically a trail its more of a route. The actual TWAT is for Duelsport motorcycles which get to take advantage of Wisconsin's extensive ATV trail system. Jeeps are stuck to public roads. Its a bit rough on the gas budget, at least with my rig, because of the winding roads and low speeds. I think the TWAT route is more than double the miles of what it would be if you took highways. But its something interesting to do at least once.

Ill break it down into 3 parts.

Part 1 - Southern WI: Big rolling hills (driftless region), with little quaint main street community's. Paved and gravel roads and some interesting scenery of the hills, valleys and Mississippi river. Basically just a pleasant drive through the country. Watch out for deer!

Part 2 - Central WI: Terrain flattens out, woods get thick, mostly state forests, Indian reservation land and cranberry farms. Flat land, sandy soil, little to no rocks or mud. Paved, gravel and sand roads. Still pretty, but not much offroad action. Lots of Ticks. In my opinion its the most boring part of the trip.

Part 3 - Northern WI: Woods get really thick. Towns become few and far between. Its a good mix of paved, gravel, logging and sometimes no road at all. Some of the logging roads are fairly muddy and rutted with large round rocks, but nothing you should get stuck on with a 4x4. Pin striping is unavoidable. Its relatively isolated so watch your fuel level - next town might be 50+ miles away. Mosquitos are the size of a house cat. Bear, wolves and elk also inhabit the area, so you might catch a glimpse. Stop at copper falls state park - its freaking beautiful! The final bit of the route takes you up to Lake Superior and in my opinion makes the first less than spectacular 2 parts of the TWAT all worth it. You can hop on the nearest highway and head back down towards IL, so the return trip will be faster.

This guys page has the GPS files (waypoints) that you can upload into your GPS unit and follow. It will give you a chance to see the trail and plan your trip. http://www.lonewolfexpeditions.com/twatgps.html

This article also sums it up pretty well, with pics:
http://gearjunkie.com/4x4-roadtrip-up-north

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Unread 07-12-2015, 07:46 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply!

Is it doable with a single vehicle with a winch?
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Unread 07-14-2015, 12:15 AM   #4
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Thanks for the reply!

Is it doable with a single vehicle with a winch?
You could do it in a Subaru.


Most of what you will be on is paved and gravel roads. In the northern end of the Twat you follow some forestry roads which are muddy, slightly rutted, some have rocks or occasional downed trees you might need to go over. Id be surprised if you need to winch yourself out of anything.

Think of it as a pleasant trail ride or as a scenic route thru the state.

I didn't stop much to take pics because I was in a time constraint to get to my camping location.

This is what alot of the northern forestry roads look like, which will offer you the most challenge... Depending on rainfall, add or take away mud/standing water. 4wd is all you should need. If you do somehow manage to get stuck, have a tree saver strap handy and hook up to a tree of your choice - there is no shortage of large trees.

Skid plate deep ruts, im on 35s and was still dragging.


Door sill deep muddy water with hidden rocks


This is generally what the TWAT is:
Northern TWAT - Fall Colors were awesome


Northern TWAT


Central TWAT - just flat, sandy - lot of pine trees, not much to look at.


Southern TWAT
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Unread 07-14-2015, 09:52 AM   #5
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ive rode the TWAT and im planning on riding it again this fall
If you end up doing this in the fall and want another Jeep along please P.M. me in advance. I sure would like to do this.
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Looks like a nice long weekend trip. I may have to add that to the "to do" list.
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If you end up doing this in the fall and want another Jeep along please P.M. me in advance. I sure would like to do this.
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I'm very interested in this. We have a house in Galena, IL which is near where this trail starts. Do you know where exactly around Galena it starts?
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I'm very interested in this. We have a house in Galena, IL which is near where this trail starts. Do you know where exactly around Galena it starts?
You can get the Trans Wisconsin Overland Route GPS files here, just scroll down till you see the Jeep:
http://www.lonewolfexpeditions.com/twatgps.html

The TWAT begins on IL 84, which turns into WI 80 (once you cross the border) towards Hazel Green WI
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Unread 10-19-2015, 08:32 PM   #10
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That's a good article:

http://gearjunkie.com/4x4-roadtrip-up-north

Sounds like a fun trek!

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