Talapus Lake Trail


Frontcountry Trail Run - Talapus & Olallie Lakes

An 6.2 mile evening trail run with 1,220 ft of elevation gain to two beautiful lakes! The gravel trail is generally wide with moderate elevation gain, and was upgraded in recent years. Peruse both Talapus and Olallie Lakes as possible future backpack spots!

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,220 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 3,780 ft
  • Pace: 4-5 mph

Meet at 6 pm at the Talapus Lake Trailhead at Lookout Point. From Seattle, take I-90 to exit 45. Turn left at end of exit and right at first road junction onto FR 9030. Continue 2.4 miles to end at trailhead parking lot.  If full, head back down road and look for parking on right side. Restroom at the trailhead. 

Road to the trailhead usually has scattered potholes - high clearance vehicles recommended. Driving route is dirt and gravel starting shortly after leaving I-90.

Northwest Forest Pass and Alpine Lakes Wilderness Permit required, both available at trailhead.

We'll stick together as a group at about ~4.0-5 mph, and will stop at both lakes to enjoy the views. Please meet at the trailhead at 6:00 pm so we can meet with introductions, discuss conditions on the trail and group goals, and start shortly thereafter.

Please contact the leader before registering if you have not recently done a trail run of similar mileage and elevation gain, and have any doubt about your fitness and stamina to keep up. 


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.

Also, to help ensure your safety and the safety of our fellow hikers, the leader asks that you only carpool to the trailhead with other members of your household registered for the same trip. 

All participants will need to have a face covering (mask, bandanna or muff) and hand sanitizer. Wherever possible, all group member will maintain the 6 ft minimum social distancing protocol and be ready to pull up face covering over mouth and nose when this is not possible passing others on the trail and at the trailhead. Please also bring a headlamp just in case.

Full details will be emailed as soon as the trip closes on Apr 13. In the interim please contact the leader with any questions: BMPeacock@aol.com.


Talapus Lake Trail

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Sturdy running shoes
  • May need micro spikes if snow still present...will be in pre-run message
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