Paris Canyon - Highline Trail Loop
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This is a 22-mile loop that provides a great tour of the Bear River Mountains above Bear Lake, awesome views of Bear Lake and the Cache Valley from the Highline Trail, and you'll have a chance to check out two popular points of interest -- the Paris Ice Caves and Bloomington Lake. The loop can be ridden in either direction with an ATV or motorbike. Caution: Both Paris Canyon and Bloomington Canyon roads can be very busy with car and truck traffic. Ride defensively at all times.
From the town of Paris, turn west on Forest Road 421. Look for signs to Paris Campground and turn left on Road 427. Approximately one-quarter mile before the campground is a short road to the left. Park and unload anywhere in this vicinity. Once on your ATV or motorbike, retrace your path on Road 427 to Road 421 and turn left, going up-canyon. Stay on 421 for 5.5 miles to the intersection with Road 408. Go left on 408. Travel about a half-mile and stop for a break to view the Paris Ice Caves. Continue west on 408 to the intersection with Highline Trail #316. Follow the Highline Trail on the mountain spine that divides the Bear Lake Valley and Cache Valley. Stop periodically to enjoy the views. At the next junction, bear left on Trail #366 and follow Road 1064 to the intersection with Road 409. Notice the snow depth marker at this intersection where the snow is often over 10 feet deep. Optional side trip: Take a right on Road 409 and travel to the parking lot and trailhead for a hike into Bloomington Lake. There are vault toilets and picnic tables here at the parking lot. It's definitely worth hiking a half-mile into this beautiful 5-acre lake at the base of towering cliffs. Be sure to go beyond the first ‘lake’ you see ... it's just a pond. On a hot day, you may see people fishing or swimming. Upon returning to the parking lot, follow Road 409 down-canyon to the forest boundary. Turn left on Trail 365 just before a cattle guard and return to the Paris Canal trailhead.
These trails and roads are open for the summer season. In most years, snow will prevent access to this ride until mid-June.