COVID-19: At REI, we encourage you to get outside responsibly. Stay local, avoid recreational travel, practice social distancing and check ahead for area and facility closures. Learn More
Trail Run Project Logo

Talapus Lake Trail #1039



2.7 mile 4.3 kilometer point to point
81% Runnable


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°)


Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

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.

Runner Notes

This trail is very populated, and so it makes for a great first solo run if you are nervous about getting lost, etc. However with that in mind, know that these sometimes newer hikers can be less aware of trail runners, and you may have to stop more than once on your run up.

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.


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 run. 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.

Run this trail?

We need help with the following missing trail information:

Need to Know

Is something wrong? Let us know. Have photos to share? Help fellow runners know what's here.


Rate This Trail

Rate Quality

   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Trail

Check In


Oct 14, 2018
Geneva G
Great, easy going trail past two lakes. passable in winter. 6mi
Oct 28, 2017
Madelynn Scherrer
Ran up and down about 85% of the time. Awesome moderate grade! 6mi — 1h 15m

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 20 votes


  4.3 from 20 votes
5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
Trail Rankings


in Washington


14 Views Last Month
969 Since Aug 31, 2016



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


Trail Run Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Running