Talapus Lake Trail


Day Hike - Talapus & Olallie Lakes

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.

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  • Easy
  • Mileage: 6.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,220 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 3,780 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

Meet at 10  AM at the Talapus Lake Trailhead at Lookout Point, reached by taking Exit 45 from I-90, turning left at the end of the exit and right at the first junction onto FR 9030, continuing to its end at the trailhead parking lot.  If the parking lot is full when you arrive, head back down the road and park on the right side of the road at the first opportunity.  Each car parked there must display a Northwest Forest Pass or National Park Pass.  There is a restroom at the trailhead. 

The three mile trail to Olallie Lake has been mostly rerouted and upgraded in recent years to shorten it, even its grade and make it smoother to walk on.  After two miles we arrive at Talapus Lake, where we will stop for a rest break before continuing one more mile to Ollallie Lake, our lunch stop and turnaround point.  If the weather permits, there will be time for a swim in the lake before we head back by the same route.

On the drive home, there will be the option of a refreshment stop in North Bend, suited to current covid 19 conditions.


Talapus Lake Trail

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
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