Bloomington Lake Trail

EASY 27 reviews

Bloomington Lake Trail is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Paris, Idaho that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.4 miles
173 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips





wild flowers


Short hike to a beautiful lake. Short hike in and out. Be sure not to be fooled by the first unimpressive body of water. Bloomington Lake is farther along and worth the walk. There are fish in the lake although they are small. Often there is a rope swing which will drop you into the freezing water.

2 days ago

We were there a week ago and there was so much snow that we couldn't find the trail. But it sure was beautiful wandering around the snow packed mountain!

3 days ago

Beautiful hike! Still a good amount of snow on the trail and we had to park 0.1 miles from the trailhead because there was still a ten foot patch of snow on the road. Rope swing is up and very fun even if you just swing and don't drop into the ice covered water. Warning: part of the road is washed out but passable in a taller car. We were fine in a minivan but some in our group turned back.

15 days ago

Amazing trail for young and old. Easy enough for a 2 year old to master the trail. Well with the time to go up there if in the area. We went last July and got cough in a mountain rain storm on the way out. Short hike but still be prepared weather changes so you can stay there and continue to enjoy the scenery.

15 days ago

Just a fair warning, went on this hike June 2 and there is still a lot of snow which makes the trail non-existent. Also, the road is still snow covered, making it more like a 5 mile hike instead of 1.5. Not too hard to find the lakes (just head toward the mountains to the left/north) but it's fairly difficult finding your way back because of the snow. Got lost for a couple hours because we couldn't follow our tracks back (they melt so fast). Wouldn't recommend it now, but I bet it's amazing once the snow melts

28 days ago

4 months ago

Great hike! It was perfect for our family outing. Beautiful scenery!

4 months ago

Nice hike for little children and family picnic.

8 months ago

This is an easy hike, suitable for families with small kids. With the exception of one steep part of the road, it is an easy drive from Willow Flats Campground. I spent many summer days and nights as a boy, camping and hiking in this area. The air is fresh, and the water is incredibly clean and cold.

10 months ago

Short hike. Very pretty and lots of wildflowers.

10 months ago

Love this but the water is FREEZING!!

11 months ago

This is a great short family hike! During the warmer months take your swim trunks and hop on in! The rope swing was there and looked like a blast!

11 months ago

Definitely echo what another commenter recently posted, it's so easy to get to that it's a little mixed bag on the people you encounter. The disaffected skater crowd, Boy Scouts, family reunion crowd were all represented today, but... the lake and scenery are stunning. It's well worth a few hours. And, if you get there early enough, the crowds will be light. Pack a swim suit and towel, a Bloomington Lake plunge from the rope swing is mandatory (or should be).

11 months ago

nice place... busy place summer weekends.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

This hike was nice but it's so easy access that you get all sorts of people up there. We encountered some drunk teenagers and many dogs not on leashes.
We took our dogs but had to leave before we really wanted too because of the leash problem. So if you do want to bring your dog, PLEASE obey the rules and keep them on a leash. It's not fair to the rest of us.
It probably would be an exceptional place to go in the non-tourist months before it snows and shortly after the Forest Service opens the gate.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Gorgeous spot for swimming. Easy hike for all skill levels with a huge reward at the end.

Monday, June 06, 2016

Leisurely hike.. Very kid friendly.

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Monday, August 24, 2015

Great hike with kids. The drive in the dirt up takes about 35 minutes, but worth it. The lake is beautiful and the rope swing looked awesome. The line was very long so we didn't get the time!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Great hike! Gorgeous scenery!