Family Backpack - Talapus Lake

Field trip: Backpacking with Kids

Family Backpack - Talapus Lake

Gentle beginner-friendly family backpack to a pair of lakes near Snoqualmie Pass with salmonberries in early season and possible water play (should the weather smile on us). Trip intended for those >8 years old.

  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 800 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 3,380 ft
  • Pace: Kid pace

Take Exit 45 off of I-90 and turn north onto Forest Road 9030. In 0.8 mile at the junction with Forest Road 9031, stay on Forest Road 9030 by turning sharply right. Continue 2.4 miles to the Talapus Lake Trailhead.  Google Map link.

  • NW Forest Pass Required

We’ll  hike to Talapus Lake (just under 2 miles, 785 ft ) and set up camp. Depending on group interest and weather, option to do a “popsicle” style  loop without heavy packs to Olallie Lake (additional 3 miles and 660 ft ↑↓ round trip) and then return to our camp. WTA trip description.

Backcountry pit toilet is available. This is a popular area and we’ll need to protect our food from wildlife – I will ask participants to use a Ursack or bear canister (and I have extras to share).

Our route on Gaia (to Talapus Lake)

NOAA weather    Talapus Lake

I’ll send out a questionnaire about 3 weeks in advance to confirm attendance and if desired, option to opt in for a pizzadilla-style shared dinner.  Shared motivational snacks are common on group family trips – I will ask if there are any allergies or other restrictions. Final email with details a week in advance.

  • Link to detailed trip sheet and packing list


Talapus Lake Trail

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

See trip sheet   for detailed packing list.

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