Intro to Trail Running: Backcountry Field Trip - Talapus Lake Trail

Field trip: Introduction to Trail Running: Backcountry

Intro to Trail Running: Backcountry Field Trip - Talapus Lake Trail

A field trip to a backcountry location to reinforce what you have learned and evaluate your learning.

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  • Moderate, Moderate/Strenuous, Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 3.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 700 ft

Meet at 6:45pm at the main parking area, ready to go by 7:00pm. A Northwest Forest Pass or national parks pass is required to park here. 

There is an outhouse at this trailhead.

Driving directions from the 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 bumpy/potholed road to the trailhead at the road's end. Northwest Forest Pass and Alpine Lakes Wilderness Permit required, both available at the trailhead.

This is one of the course field trips rated as easier.

Topic: TBA.


Talapus Lake Trail

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Please wear layers of breathable, technical clothing suitable for outdoor aerobic activities for this course's outdoor activities.

  • Waterproof jacket, hat, buff, gloves, sunglasses; running-specific gaiters recommended
  • Trail running shoes
  • A small day pack suitable for trail running
  • Bring snacks and water
  • Trail running-adapted ten essentials
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