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.

Tom’s Rating:

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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Hike the Beautiful Family Friendly Grotto Falls Trail

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 Grotto Trailhead



The trail is short about half a mile round trip. It is a little steep near the beginning.

Hiking the Grotto

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 Grotto River Crossings

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.

The Grotto Trail

Dogs are allowed on this trail.

The Grotto Payson Utah

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.

Tom’s Rating:

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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