Talapus Lake Trail


Day Hike - Talapus Lake Trail

A good uphill climb to a gorgeous lake in the forest.

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  • Moderate, Moderate/Strenuous, Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,220 ft
  • Pace: moderate

We will meet at the Puyallup/South Hill Park N Ride near Hwy 512 and 9th St. SW., at 6:30 AM, to caravan to the trailhead. Forest Service Parking Pass required.

All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before attending an in-person Mountaineers activity during our COVID-19 response. By proceeding with any of the upcoming activities you are already registered to attend, you affirm that you have reviewed The Mountaineers COVID-19 Code of Conduct and the guidance for participants and leaders available on the COVID-19 Response page, and you agree to follow this guidance during each activity. Please remove yourself from any upcoming activity if you are unable or unwilling to follow The Mountaineers guidance at the time of the program.


  • This is a Pierce County Phase 2 trip.
  • This trip is only open to those who live local (within 125 miles of Puyallup.
  • The trip will be updated if County guidelines change in advance of the trip.

This trip is part of Tacoma Branch Conditioning hiking series. Sign up restricted  until one week prior to this trip.


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
  11.  Face mask/covering, hand sanitizer.
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