Cliff Jump and Swim at the Secret Venus Pool

Tom’s experience cliff jumping into the Venus Pool:

The Venus Pool, also known as Wiakoa Pond,  is a beautiful area along the coast on East Maui.
Venus Pool Hana

You must park along the road and then head over the fence and through the grass field. The trail will lead down to the pool. This is a great spot to swim or cliff jump.

Venus Pool Maui

The pool is very deep and is filled by the ocean during high tide but can become separated from the ocean during low tide.

Maui Venus Pool

This has become quite the popular spot but Hawaiian lore says that in ancient times only royalty were allowed to visit this beautiful spot.

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Trail Info: The parking for the Venus Pool is just along the road on the Hana Highway at mile marker 48.

GPS:

Venus Pool: 20.704282,-155.994964

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Hike to the Rope Swing at Bloomington Lake

Tom’s experience at Bloomington Lake:

Bloomington Lake is a beautiful lake near Bear Lake in Idaho.
Bloomington Lake Hike

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.

Bloomington Lake Idaho

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.

Trail to Bloomington Lake

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.

Hiking to Bloomington Lake

The parking lot is large but it can fill up during popular summer times so be sure to get there early.

Bloomington Lake Rope Swing

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.

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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.

GPS:

Bloomington Lake Trailhead:     42.149379,-111.58382

Bloomington Lake:     42.1461,-111.575405

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