Talapus Lake Trail #1039
ElevationAscent: 1,191' 363 m
Descent: -27' -8 m
High: 3,814' 1,162 m
Low: 2,640' 805 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)
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“A moderate grade trail leading to two beautiful lakes.”— Madelynn Scherrer
Because of some root systems and boggy parts, there is some caution that needs to go into running this trail, especially on the way down. Even with these things in mind, this trail is roughly 85% runnable and is a fabulous trail.
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.
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Land Manager: USFS - Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Office