Talapus Lake Trail


Day Hike - Olallie Lake

Explore two beautiful lakes in the heart of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness on an easy, well-maintained trail, stopping for lunch on the shore of sparkling Olallie Lake.

  • Easy
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,220 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 3,800 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

Meet at 10 AM at the Talapus Lake trailhead at Lookoout Point, reached from I-90 Exit 45.  Turn left at the end of the exit and right at the first road junction, FS Road 9030, and continue to the parking lot at the end of the road.  If the parking lot is full, you will need to turn around and park on the right side of the road heading downhill at the nearest available spot.  A Northwest Forest Pass, or the equivalent,  must be displayed by each car parked there.

Portions of the trail to the first lake, Talapus Lake, were rerouted last year, which evened the grade and made the hike more pleasant.  On the hike in we'll take a rest break at Talapus Lake, and then continue an additional mile to Olallie Lake, where we have our lunch along the lake.  After lunch we'll return by the same route.  On the drive home there will be an optional refreshment stop at iconic Twede's Restaurant in North Bend.  There is a restroom at the trailhead parking lot and there are outhouses at Talapus Lake (1) and Olallie Lake (2).


Talapus Lake Trail

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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