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Ririe, Idaho6.5 miles E of Ririe, Idaho
Sidewinder's claim to fame is that it's on a South facing hill just above the Snake River. That means that when all the other trails in the Kelly Canyon Trail network are covered with snow and mud, Sidewinder is getting plenty of sun, keeping it dry earlier and later in the year.
The singletrack trail meanders through sagebrush for the first 1/4 mile before it gets into the switchbacks of which there are several. From there, the incline is pretty gradual and consistant until you get closer to the top. There are plenty of areas where it flattens out a bit for a little relief and several dips and even a little downhill. The downhill sections on the way up almost always precede a steeper uphill. It's a great way to get up a little speed to make the steep parts a little easier.
There's a little bench at the top of the trail where you can sit and enjoy the view before continuing to the ATV junction. Continuing upward on the ATV junction will connect you into the rest of Kelly Canyon's trail system. If it's wet, you'll find slimy clay mud. There are also sections of the trail that are covered with shale.
Going down makes it all worth it. Sidewinder is a great flow track with corners much tighter than you realized on the way up. There aren't a lot of well bermed corners so you'll see plenty of people go off the trail. Luckily, going off a corner usually just results in a ride through some sagebrush. You won't find any serious jumps but there's plenty of dips and turns to make for a great time.
Like any of the Kelly Canyon Trails, Sidewinder can get pretty dusty in the summer. It's best if you can ride it relatively soon after a light rain so it's just barely damp. The trail can get pretty crowded during peak times which can interupt your climb momentum and your flow downhill. Please do your best to respect other riders.
Ririe, Idaho5.6 miles E of Ririe, Idaho
Punchy climb out of Little Kelly Canyon. Great vistas along a narrow traverse. Fast and loose downhill. A mix of narrow singletrack and old motorized trail.Courtesy of trailforks.com
Rexburg, Idaho0.9 miles N of Rexburg, Idaho
Eagle Park is a little urban oasis. Once you drive in to this cottonwood forest along the river, you may forget that you're still inside Rexburg city limits. You can camp, picnic, throw rocks in the river, fish, mountain bike, or just go for a walk along the trail or road. All sites have picnic tables, fire rings, and tent pads. Just off the main parking lot is a nicely mowed grassy area that is a popular dog park. On the West end of the parking lot, you'll find a multi-use trail that will take you almost the entire length of the park.
The trail system at Eagle Park is maintained in part by Free Arenas. If you have any would like to get involved or just want to share your thoughts on how to improve it, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tenderfoot is primarily a mountain bike trail. The trail runs back behind most of the campsites. While it's built for mountain bikes, it's usually great for a nice quiet walk as well, and arguably the best way to see the park. This 0.5 mile trail is rated Easy but is about as tough as an easy trail can get. It's pretty mellow but does have a couple of quick punchy climbs and a non-optional berm climb over a large tree branch.
Taut-line is cut into the slope along the fence line. It begins on the embankment at the West end of the campground and goes for 0.4 miles. The Northwest section is the longest section of trail in Eagle Park and is cut into a steep slope above marsh and ponds. It is generally downhill from the West end but has plenty of up and down. Towards the middle of the trail, there is a berm and table top. The section South of the Tenderfoot junction was an Eagle Project completed by Ian Hoffman and his volunteer crew. The trail continues to cut up and down the side hill with a fun rock berm and a rock garden. The end drops in to connect back to Tenderfoot right near the junction with Bugler. The trail has short climbs and fun drops going southward so going the other way, you get punchy climbs and longer descents. Because it's much higher than the Tenderfoot Trail it parallels, Taut-line does not flood and actually bypasses the worst flood area of Tenderfoot. The bench cuts are on the narrower side. Because the trail does go along a steep slope, remember to fall uphill. This trail is rated Intermediate.
Bugler drops off the Tenderfoot Trail and runs down and around a pond just off the lawn. There's a few drops, climbs, and berms adding a little bit of speed and a little more difficulty.
Skills Park Along the Tenderfoot Trail and just off the lawn is a skills park built as an Eagle Scout project by Erik Hurst and other volunteers. It features a large wrap-around berm on the north end, raised skinnies made of 2x8 2x6 and 2x4 treated lumber, a ladder a-frame, a rock garden, and a see-saw.
All trails are multi-use and bi-directional so please be aware of others on the trail.
Looking for a little longer hike or ride? Go to the Northwest end of the park and you'll find an old raised road that follows the airport fence line to the Nature Park. It's pretty popular to loop both parks together.
New in 2018, there's a sledding hill area just off the main grassy area. It's a terraced hill with a couple set runs and then quite a bit of open hill as well. Elevation is only about 20 feet from top to bottom but there's plenty to keep kids busy for awhile. There's even a more difficult run that includes jumps and drops for snowboards. The terrace trails are better when the snow's a little bit icier but the small hills are great for little kids that wnat to avoid the more popular hill at Smith Park
Picnicking is free but there is a fee for camping. Overnight camping fee is $10.00 per space via a dropbox. All fees are used for future picnic tables, restrooms and other park improvements. The camp fee for boy scout troops may be waived as long as they perform an approved 1 hour service project to the park while camped here. Picking up garbage and pulling weeds are always approved. Weeds that need pulled include hounds tongue, cocklebur, bull thistle, and the occasional stinging nettle.
Posted Eagle Park Rules
- No RVs in park
- No motorcycles, scooters, or ATVs on park roads
- 7 day camping limit
- Tents only on designated tenting pads
- Fires in designated fire pits only. No non-burnable items in firepits.
- No smoking, tobacco, or alcoholic beverages
- Pets on leashes only. (All pet droppings to be put in bags for droppings)
- All garbage to be put in garbage cans. Pack it in - Pack it out.
- No firearms, firecrackers, or explosives
- Avoid loud music and noises — Be respectful of other campers
To reserve an entire shelter, call City Hall at 359-3020. Reservation fee is $25 per half day.
This is a community service project of Free Arenas, the Madison Lions Club, Trails of Madison County, the City of Rexburg, and numerous Eagle Scouts in the Yellowstone District of the Grand Teton Council, BSA. Constructed 2001-2005.
Please respect the flora and fauna and practice the Outdoor Code. This park only exists because of volunteer service from many in the community. Please, don't be afraid to help out by collecting some hounds tongue, cocklebur, and bull thistle. If you're looking for ideas for a bigger service project, contact email@example.com
Ririe, Idaho6.5 miles E of Ririe, Idaho
Stinking Springs is a great early to late season trail. Being at the edge of the Big Hole range, it gets spring earlier and winter later than other trails in the range. The trail begins at the Stinking Springs Multiple Use Area parking lot on East Heise Road to the right (South) of the Sidewinder trailhead. You'll be looking for the gate with a cattle guard. The small spring gate will take you to Sidewinder, a MTB specific trail.
The trail starts out pretty straight and gradual but as you get higher up, there are more and more switchbacks that get more and more bermed as you get higher up. At the upper end, you'll find well bermed corners, rock rolls, and rock gardens. If you continue up the trail, you can connect into the trails at Kelly Canyon and throughout the Bighole range.
Around 10,000 visitors use the Stinking Springs Multiple Use area each year. This designated route is used by OHV/ATV riders, hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders so be aware of other travelers and be courteous. It is seasonally closed to accommodate wintering mule deer. In other seasons, this critical winter habitat also offers desert hiking in sparsely timbered canyons, continuing through the Targhee National Forest.
Saint Anthony, Idaho0.6 miles SW of Saint Anthony, Idaho
This is a great walk along the river. While it is nestled right next to the highway, the closeness and beauty of the river flowing on the other side of the trail more than make up for it. Halfway along the trail, there's a statue of Andrew Henry and a loop that will take you right back for an easy 1 mile. The full length is a mile itself making a full 2 mile round trip.
Pet Friendly: Yes
- Statue Loop: 1 mile
- Full Round Trip: 2 miles