CHS 1 Hike - Talapus Lake Trail

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 1 Hike - Talapus Lake Trail

We'll take the trail to Talapus Lake and beyond including a visit to both Island & Rainbow Lakes. CHS hike led at a CHS 1 pace (1.5-2.0 mph).

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  • Moderate, Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,200 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2.0 mph

Because of the popularity of this area and a small trailhead parking lot, I'll be asking for a very early start. Haven't decided for sure, but it'll be about 6 AM (or soon after) at Issaquah. That's early, but necessarly if we don't want to park way down the road. Also, we should carpool in as few cars as possible from the meeting place. I'll send specific details to everybody who signs up.

I'll send a detailed description to everybody who signs up, but here's a summary:

--Talapus Lake itself is only the first short part of this hike. We''ll ascend abovee Olallie (which we won't actually visit) then continue on the sub-alpine ridge to little Rainbow lake or a tiny bit behond. On the way back we'll do the side trip to Island Lake (and swimming!).

--Mileage and elevation gain  are estimates. Could be a mile or two longer, and another 500 or so feet considering ups and downs in both directions. Generally I think of this as somewhat less than a full-day hike.

--Lighter weight trail shoes are appropriate. I highly recommend hiking poles but that is your choice.


Talapus Lake Trail

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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