Gale Trail Road FSR 272

Total Miles
2.9

Elevation

220.52 ft

Duration

2 Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Spring, Fall

Trail Overview

Gale Trail Road (or the 272) is a Shawnee Nation Forest gravel nature viewing trail that has slowly degraded into a trail that gives a challenge, yet remains scenic. The farther west you go, the less maintained and tighter it gets. Expect ruts, medium-grade hills, occasional mud pits, and split-up sections of gravel road that slowly fade into a solid natural dirt trail.

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Gale Trail Road FSR 272
Gale Trail Road FSR 272
Gale Trail Road FSR 272

Difficulty

Gale Trail Rd (272) was a once well maintained nature viewing gravel road that has evolved into a trail that only seems to get less maintained as you travel deeper within, it features a gatekeeping rutted off-cambered hill within the first half mile that will give you a thrill for what is ahead. Though 30-40% is still beautiful gravel covered nature viewing roads, the trail progressively degrades to be more narrow, mostly natural trail, with more rutted hills, also including mud pits at the bottom of every valley. Rainy seasons and wet conditions make the difficulty of this trail increase.

History

This Trail and the 273 used to seamlessly connect, bridging the gap between two roads of the local Gale, IL area, unfortunately, the 273 was closed and is no longer OHV legal to use, but can still be walked starting at the west end of the 272.

Technical Rating

4

Status Reports

Noah Warren
Apr 22, 2024
4x4
Obstructed
Downed Tree
Approximately 18” diameter tree across the trail. It’s about 3/4 the way down , near the end. Very fresh, still has green leafs on it.
Justin Case
Apr 06, 2024
4x4
Open
Normal
fairly easy trail didn't really need 4wd until the end of the trail marked on here it does go on further and get rather technical with a few mud Holes and rutted pathways and it does wash out on top of a hill but it's passable with a careful line I had to turn around because of tree in the way so I recommend a saw
Jared Wilke
Apr 06, 2024
1992 Ford Explorer
Open

Access Description

Headed east from Thebes, IL on State Highway 3, turn left (north) onto Old State Highway 3, in .125 mile turn right (east) onto Bean Ridge Road, follow this for roughly 4.90 miles and Gale Trail Road entrance will be on your left, or roughly 37.25124, -89.38134.

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