Talapus Lake Trail


Day Hike - Talapus, Ollalie, Rainbow & Island Lakes

Close out Thanksgiving weekend with a hike to Talapus and Rainbow Lakes near Snoqualmie Pass. Max elevation is 4600 ft, and there is expected to be snow on the ground, so microspikes are required.

  • Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,300 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 4,600 ft
  • Pace: 2 mph

Let's meet at the Talapus Lake Trailhead at 8:30 am with boots on and ready to go. The trailhead is close to exit 45 off I-90 after a twisty three mile Forest Service Road 9030.  A Northwest Forest Pass is required for parking at the trailhead. 

Our goal is to enjoy the wilderness, mountain views, lake scenery, and each other's company. Target pace: 2 mph. We will pass Talapus Lake, then split off before reaching Olallie Lake and climb up above Olallie Lake to the twin Lakes of Rainbow and Island. According to recent trip reports, there are a few inches of snow on the ground at peak elevation, not enough for snowshoes, but everyone is required to bring microspikes and extra socks for safety. We'll have time for lunch at Rainbow lake, and if time allows, make a quick visit to Island Lake on our way back. Night temperatures are forecast to be below freezing and the daytime is expected to be mostly sunny, so be prepared for warm and cold and dress in layers.

Route map: https://www.gaiagps.com/map/?loc=13.4/-121.5276/47.4211&pubLink=aLoQAuR0XUPOCtwrzj7cjz9A&trackId=217f9414-66d6-4b97-aa9b-e38c1d887ad5


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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