Talapus Lake Trail


Day Hike - Talapus & Olallie Lakes

Snow hike with microspikes. Hike up through about 1-2 feet of compacted snow to two lovely frozen lakes on a brisk but sunny day (forecasted so far). Winter-Wonderland Fun

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  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 4,100 ft
  • Pace: 2.0-2.5 mph

Meet 9:00 AM at the Talapus Lake TH.  Northwest Trail Pass or America the Beautiful Pass required.

Phase 2 trip.  We will abide by the Mountaineers' Covid-19 protocol.   Cloth face masks are required as is bringing hand sanitizer.  Your mask must be worn when within 6' of others, at the TH, on the trail or at breaks.

Currently, 11/26, snow is on the trail starting half way up to Talapus Lake.  Trips reports speak of easy access to the lakes with traction.  Little to no snow is forecasted this week.  I will be watching the forecast.  Plan is to visit both lakes via the Talapus Lake Trail and then circle around Olallie clockwise, utilizing a portion of the Pratt Lake Trail, then taking the connector trail back to the Talapus Lake trail and back past Talapus Lake to the TH. This trip will be changed, modified or cancelled if the weather makes the trip infeasible, unsafe or just plan miserable.  Keep those fingers crossed.

This is a leader's permission only trip (see right side-bar to request).  Please let me explicit know that you are comfortable with hiking through 4-5 miles of snowy trail (1' to 2' feet of total snow that has been compacted down). Assert that you have and will be bringing microspikes or other traction devices as well as two trekking poles.  Thanks, Should be great fun.  Rob


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. Warm hat, two pairs of gloves
  12. Something to sit on in the snow
  13. microspikes or other traction
  14. two trekking poles
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