Slick Ridge SFR 262G

Total Miles
1.3

Elevation

221.42 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Fall, Summer

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Trail Overview

The Slick Ridge SFR 262G is a mildly challenging natural fire road that has a reward of a great view of Shawnee National Forest. It features an off-camber eroded section that will test your articulation and clearances. It runs you through a couple of small mud holes and a small grade with tree roots. The trail brings tight trees into the mix, making your moves well-planned to thread the needle. This leads you to a scene overlooking the hills on the edge of the Mississippi river. This is a great place to turn around though there is an optional finale hill to go down. A fun quick trail that tests you enough to make it worth stopping in and getting to the view. Wet conditions and rainy seasons will increase the difficulty.

Difficulty

Easy

History

The Slick Ridge Road SFR 262G is actually a Spur of the SFR 262 which is called Bean Ridge Road, a paved wilderness route that services a few private properties, but mainly services traveling in the middle of a big section of the southwest corner of Shawnee National Forest. Great drive to experience, especially when traveling from trail to trail in Shawnee National Forest.

Technical Rating

3

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 5.3 miles and Slick Ridge Road entrance will be the left turn at the fork, or roughly 37.2555, -89.37827. The trail sign upon entering will be on your right.