Recovery Hike Talapus & Olallie Lakes
October 8 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm PDT
Come along for one of the gem hikes in Snoqualmie Pass to Talapus and Olallie Lakes!
Saturday, Oct 8th — 8am to 3pm
- Length: 6.2 miles round trip
- Elevation Gain: 1220 feet
- Highest Point: 3780 feet
- Lead: Kayla Estes
- Parking Pass: NW Forest Pass (we have some to borrow)
- Need a ride? Email [email protected]
WTA aptly describes the trail this way, “With a moderate grade on a wide trail, the hike to Talapus Lake is the perfect introduction to the outdoors for hikers and beginning backpackers. Upon arrival at Talapus, break out lunch or pitch camp. If you feel like pressing on, Olallie Lake is just about a mile and a half up trail, where open campsites offer lakeside havens with calm waters and views of a beautiful lake basin.”
Though this hike is 6.2 miles round trip, its 1,220 elevation gain starts out mild surrounded by trees. The trail does steepen quite quickly but on a wide trail with plenty of views of the Talapus Creek flowing below to stop and take it in. So plan for a medium length hike with switchbacks that lead to a gorgeous view of Olallie Lake!
Directions: (Parking is at Talapus Lake Trailhead Parking Lot and requires a NW Forest Pass)
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 severely potholed road to the trailhead at the road’s end. A Northwest Forest Pass is required to park here (these are not available for purchase at the trailhead). Also, please complete a self-issued wilderness permit at the trailhead kiosk before starting your hike.