Tom’s experience at Bloomington Lake:
You can swim, fish and hike around the lake during the summer months. To the south of Bloomington Lake is steep cliffs that have snow most of the year.
When we were there a few people had brought sleds and tubes to sled down the snow and then into the lake. The water was cool but refreshing during the hot summer months.
There is also a rope swing you can swing on and jump into the lake. Be sure to test the rope if you are first in the morning and throughout the day.
The parking lot is large but it can fill up during popular summer times so be sure to get there early.
There are outhouses at the parking lot and then it is about a half mile hike to the lake along a dirt trail. Dogs are allowed but must be kept on leash.
Trail Info: From Bloomington Idaho, drive west about 12 miles along FS #409. The road is mostly dirt through open ranges and can take a while if you are in or behind a low clearance vehicle. The forks are marked and the trailhead isn’t too difficult to find.
Bloomington Lake Trailhead: 42.149379,-111.58382
Bloomington Lake: 42.1461,-111.575405
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Tom’s experience hiking the Grotto Falls Trail:
The Grotto Falls Trail is a very family friendly and fun short hike up to a beautiful waterfall.
The trail is short about half a mile round trip. It is a little steep near the beginning.
Eventually you will need to cross the river a number of times and there are narrow planks or logs you can use if your balance is good so you don’t have to get your feet wet.
The trail leads to a beautiful waterfall that is surrounded by cliffs. You can play under the waterfall if you’d like but the pool isn’t very deep.
Dogs are allowed on this trail.
There are quite a few parking spots but they can fill quickly. Since it is such a short hike usually you wont have to wait to long to find a spot.
Trail Info: From Salt Lake, take exit 254 to Payson and turn left onto Payson Main Street. Continue south until Main Street meets 100 North. Turn left and travel to 600 East and turn right. You will follow this road for about 10 miles and the sign for Grotto Falls Trail will be on the left along a large hairpin turn.
Grotto Falls Trail: 39.951587, -111.675475
Grotto Falls: 39.948518, -111.677696
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