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Talapus Lake Trail #1039



2.7 mile 4.3 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 1,191' 363 m
Descent: -27' -8 m
High: 3,814' 1,162 m
Low: 2,640' 805 m


Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)


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Trail shared by Madelynn Scherrer

A moderate grade trail leading to two beautiful lakes.

Madelynn Scherrer

Features Lake · River/Creek · Swimming

A North West Forest Pass is needed to park at the trailhead.


This is a nice grade trail up to two beautiful lakes. The path up to Talapus Lake is about 1.5 miles and from there it is about 1 mile up to Olallie Lake, with about 0.5 miles of trail to the end of Olallie, making for a roughly 5-6 mile round-trip hike. The trail up to Talapus Lake is nice and gradual, and although it is well-maintained and very populated, there are still some root systems to be careful around, although nothing bad. The trail from Talapus to Olallie is slightly steeper, slightly less maintained, and less populated, with larger root systems and muddy crossings.

To get to the trailhead take Exit 45 off I-90 and follow FR-9030 to the Talapus Lake trailhead. From the trailhead, follow the wide, maintained trail. The trail up to Talapus is well maintained, however watch for "closed" trails that are being restored. If you see logs across what looks like a trail, it is because the trail is in a restoration process. Just before Talapus Lake, there will be a small footbridge that takes you across a creek leading to the lake. From there the trail to Olallie is on the east side of Talapus. Watch for meandering trails as you ascend up to Olallie—there are some distracting paths that lead to the creek.

Flora & Fauna

Cedar and hemlock trees.

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Aug 26, 2019
Dottie Calamaras-Marsh
Aug 5, 2019
Brian Quaintance
3.5mi — 1h 53m
Jul 27, 2019
Lynn L
Great hike, lakes are beautiful 5.4mi
Jul 26, 2019
Paul Kaup
Very well maintained trail. Beautiful lake highly recommend for all ages. 4.2mi — 2h 15m
Jul 1, 2019
Natalie Quist
Jun 30, 2019
Don Wilson
Jun 24, 2019
Deirdre Wholly
Talapus and Ollalie Lakes, both lovely and fog-covered. Went earlu and there weren't many other hikers. A few backpackers checking out from the pre… 6.5mi
Jun 17, 2019
Sela J-W

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West'ish facing view over Ollalie Lake facing Granite Mountain. It's a beautiful and intimate lake that's easily accessible.
Sep 28, 2016 near Riverbend, WA
Olallie Lake
Jul 19, 2017 near Riverbend, WA
Talupus Lake
Jul 19, 2017 near Riverbend, WA


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