Leaning Fir - Stinking Springs_BLM and Caribou-Targhee NF
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The Leaning Fir-Stinking Springs Loop provides a 15-mile tour of Kelly Mountain and Stinking Spring Canyon east of Idaho Falls in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. You can base camp by the Leaning Fir trailhead. Take U.S. 26 east of Idaho Falls, heading for Swan Valley, cross the Snake River on the road to Heise Hot Springs, and then take Forest Road 218 up Kelly Canyon to the Leaning Fir Trailhead #169 on the right. The ride starts here. Climb up a ridge on Leaning Fir trail to the top of Kelly Mountain. Take a spur trail out to a viewpoint overlooking Kelly Canyon. Retrace your steps back to the junction with Stinking Spring Trail and descend that trail down the Stinking Spring canyon. Once at the bottom, turn left on Forest Road #206 and follow that around to the Table Rock Canyon Road #217. Go left and return to the Leaning Fir trailhead. Be sure to pack plenty of food and water. No services.