Bloomington Lake Trail

EASY 38 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.

DISTANCE
1.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
164 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 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.

hiking
3 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.

hiking
3 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!!!

hiking
3 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!

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
4 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.

4 months ago

Love this hike! Beautiful lake is worth it.

hiking
4 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.

4 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.

4 months ago

Awesome! We go every year

4 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!

hiking
4 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.

5 months 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.

5 months ago

5 months 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

5 months ago

9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

Nice hike for little children and family picnic.

hiking
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.