Bloomington Lake Trail

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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
164 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.

10 days ago

Just made this hike yesterday. The snow has melted from the road up, but the gate was still locked. Added at least two miles to the hike, maybe closer to three. There shouldn't be too many bugs, though; I think my girlfriend ate most of them on the trip back down.

26 days ago

As of today the trail is still buried under feet of snow. You aren’t able to continue up the road past 1045. The ground is super muddy and again buried under feet of snow.

9 months ago

Trail was very crowded today (Sunday before Labor Day). Parking lot was full, overflow was full, and all the large trucks passing each other on the narrow road was a little sketchy. Love the trail though - been up here a few times, and it never disappoints.

10 months ago

Was there 8/15/17. It is a short easy hike. Quite busy with families camping and swimming. Bring swimming clothes so you can do the rope swing. The road getting to the trailhead was a little rough and narrow in some spots but fine otherwise.

10 months ago

We hiked this today!!! Very heavily trafficked, even for a Sunday, but a fairly easy hike! Beautiful scenery. Lots of people jumping off the rope swing!!!

10 months ago

Drove up there yesterday (7-23-2017) from bear lake and the roads were fine, I saw a honda civic that drove up there. Looks like some fresh gravel had been spread out in areas.

Id definitely re visit this area, tons of flowers along the trails, very cool!

10 months ago

Was up there this week (7/21/17) and the road was not washed out. Beautiful (and cold) lake!

11 months ago

Anna Price, how was the trail this week when you went? Maggie said it was washed out. Planning a trip there for next week so would love to know if trail is still washed out.

11 months ago

Love this hike! Beautiful lake is worth it.

11 months ago

Not a long hike, but very beautiful. The rope swing is awesome, but that water is frigid. On the opposite side of the lake you could ride a tube right into the lake the snow still comes right down to the water in July.

11 months ago

Gorgeous! However THE ROAD IS WASHED OUT (7/13/17) we had to shuttle our family reunion 30 mins to the trailhead with our taller vehicles. By the time we left at the end of the day, the road was "CLOSED". We had to push one vehicle out of the river. If you are planning on hook summer of 2017, check to see if the road has been fixed or make sure you are in a tall truck with 4 wheel drive just in case. I can only imagine how bad it will be in a couple weeks.

11 months ago

Awesome! We go every year

11 months 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!

11 months 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.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

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.

Monday, June 05, 2017

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

Thursday, February 09, 2017

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

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Nice hike for little children and family picnic.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

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.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Short hike. Very pretty and lots of wildflowers.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Love this but the water is FREEZING!!

Monday, July 18, 2016

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!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

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).

Monday, July 11, 2016

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.

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!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Amazing hike. The hike is short and easy and the scenery is stunning. Cliff jumping and rope swing at the lake. The dirt road is kind of an investment but totally worth it.

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