Talapus Lake Trail


Backpack - Talapus & Olallie Lakes

A moderately strenuous but short backpack to lakes good for water play and fishing. Priority will given to Backpacking With Kids 2022 and 2023 participants, with extra spots for kids with an adult opening on July 3.

  • Moderate, Moderate/Strenuous, Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,220 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 4,000 ft
  • Pace: Slower, but dependent on kids

Meet at the Talapus Lake Trailhead at 10:00 AM Thursday morning.

This low key hike will offer kids a fun outing while enabling parents a chance to apply their new backpacking skills and confidence. This should be accessible to most children. The two night trip affords room for day hikes, fishing, or naturalist activities on the second day. Both lakes are known for catchable trout. The Thursday late morning departure enables a relaxed ascent with minimal crowds. There are pit toilets.  Camp-experienced canine companions could be included if there is space and mutual agreement by all participants. 


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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