Talapus Lake Trail


Frontcountry Trail Run - Talapus Lake

Afternoon trail run to Talapus Lake

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,220 ft
  • Pace: 4-5mph

Talapus Lake trailhead, ready to run at 4:00pm. Northwest Forest Pass usually required for this trailhead, which has an outhouse although I don't know its status.

Trip reports at WTA.org say that the Forest Service Road 9030 is bumpy and has potholes, a little bit of snow.

Driving directions from WTA:  From Seattle, head east on I-90 to exit 45. Turn left, and drive under the freeway on FR 9030. In 1 mile follow the road around to the right at a junction. Continue straight on a gravel, sometimes severely potholed road to the trailhead at the road's end.

Bring microspikes (like these Kahtoola ones),  an extra layer, and a headlamp since we'll finish in the twilight/darkness.

There is packed snow on part of this trail.


Talapus Lake Trail

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Sturdy running shoes
  • Microspikes
  • Headlamp
  • Extra layer, gloves, hat - could be cold!
Trip Reports