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Bloomington Peak Hike

Albion Mountains + Bear River Area, Idaho

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  • Bloomington Peak.- Bloomington Peak Hike
  • The small outlet below Bloomington Lake.- Bloomington Peak Hike
  • Looking south from Bloomington Peak.- Bloomington Peak Hike
  • Bloomington Peak from the blowdown area.- Bloomington Peak Hike
  • The route from Telegraph Flat follows the obvious ridge in this photo.- Bloomington Peak Hike
  • About midway up the South Ridge of Bloomington Peak.- Bloomington Peak Hike
  • Looking off the North Face and down into the Middle Fork Bloomington Canyon from the summit.- Bloomington Peak Hike
  • The view north from the summit.- Bloomington Peak Hike
  • Among other kinds of wildlife, porcupines are common in this area.- Bloomington Peak Hike
  • - Bloomington Peak Hike
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Pros: 
Easy access. Great views. Short hike.
Cons: 
Bushwhacking.
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Region:
Albion Mountains + Bear River Area, ID
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,300.00 ft (396.24 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.00 mi (3.22 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
8,000.00 ft (2,438.40 m)
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Hike Description

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Bloomington Peak is a large conical mountain just east of the crest of the Idaho portion of the Bear River Range about 9 miles west of the small town of Bloomington, Idaho. The peak sits at the head of Bloomington Canyon and forms the divide between the South and Middle Forks. Bloomington Peak offers exceptional views of the entire Bear River Range with every major peak visible except for Mount Logan. It has the best view of Paris Peak by far, and it also offers and amazing view of Bloomington Lake and St. Charles Mountain, which are on the opposite side of Bloomington Canyon.

Although this peak is not technically difficult, it does offer a rewarding and beautiful climb. All approaches are relatively smooth except for the north side, which is nearly vertical in some places and offers a series of cliffs and broken rock. There is a large cirque at the base of the north side. Climbing from this direction could offer many more challenges and could cover some Class III climbing in some places.

The most feasible route is from the south. There is no trail and the brush is quite thick in some places, so it will be a bushwhack from any direction, but it is not a difficult hike. The base of the mountain is at about 8,000 feet, so there is a little more than 1,300 feet of elevation gain in less than a mile.

In June, 1998, there was a severe storm which, amazingly, produced a tornado in the upper-central portion of Bloomington Canyon. The tornado ripped down several square acres of timber and left the area nearly treeless. The Forest Service opened the area for logging to clean out the dead timber, and what was left after that was burned. For this reason you will see a lot of uprooted and burned stumps in this portion of the canyon.

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