Backpack - Talapus Lake Trail


Backpack - Talapus Lake Trail

Munch on huckleberries as we hike past Talapus Lake up to Olallie lake.

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  • Moderate
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 6.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,220 ft

Meet at the trailhead at 7am to beat the crowds and have plenty of time to enjoy the lakes and optional side hike.  A NW Forest pass must be displayed in all vehicles parked at the trailhead.

We will hike this gradual uphill trail up past Talapus Lake to Olallie Lake where we will set up camp.  The total mileage to Olallie Lake is 3.1 miles with 1220ft elevation gain.  For those interested, we will side hike with day packs up to Island and Rainbow Lakes.  This would be an additional 3 miles each way with about 900ft elevation gain, but the lakes and alpine scenery are well worth it!  If anyone chooses to stay behind they can enjoy huckleberries and the scenic Olallie lake at camp.  I just did this hike and look forward to going back!


Talapus Lake Trail

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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