Talapus and Olallie Lakes Trail

MODERATE 61 reviews
#11 of 132 trails in

Talapus and Olallie Lakes Trail is a 5.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near North Bend, WA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.7 miles 1370 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

muddy

From Seattle, E on I-90 to exit 45. Left under the freeway to FSR 9031 for .5 miles. Right on FSR 9030 for 2 miles to trailhead at end of road

12 days ago

Nice trail with many streams and small waterfalls. Good trail for dogs and kids. The elevation gain is gradual. Easy to access from i90.

backpacking
20 days ago

The Talapus Lake parking lot was empty last night and we had the lake to ourselves. These is standing water at the start of the trail and patches of mud throughout. A wide and well maintained trail. It's all uphill to Talapus but not very long. Talapus has snow on the surrounding hills but the lake is still unfrozen. We spent a windy night at Talapus then hiked to Olalie lake this morning. The amount of snow increases as you approach Olallie Lake but the trail is still easy to follow. Gray jays willingly took our spilled trail mix, and we met the first person not in our group at Olallie. After a snowball fight and some grub we headed back to Talapus to break camp and head home. The parking lot was overflowing when we reached the vehicles.
Nice lakes, well maintained trails, great break in hike or backpacking trip for those new to the activity or to start your season. Just done expect solitude.

1 month ago

1 month ago

Beautiful hike with good views at the end. Good workout. Stay on the trail, look for the ribbons tied to the trees for directions.

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

This was a nice well maintained trail. I wore my 5 month old son on the front (16 pounds) and his diaper bag on my back (probably another 15 pounds). We hiked to Lake Talapus and back. It was about 4.25 miles and took about 2 hours (stoping to change a diaper and eat and also look at the lake). Great trail, very well maintained. Highly recommended.
The drive to the trailhead is gravel and we drove about 10mph. That was probably the hardest part of the hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice, easy hike, beautiful lakes with not too many people. Thank goodness for the posted signs on trees.
Many dogs not on leash.

3 months ago

Nice hike with beautiful scenery. Highly recommended.

3 months ago

This was an awesome trail for hiking. Beautiful scenery around the lakes and throughout the trail, however we went for backpacking and to camp and there were not alt of spots to set up camp. More brush and swampy like area vs doable camping spots . There were about 3 beautiful campsites at Olallie but if they're taken your out of luck.

hiking
4 months ago

Trail is well maintained, especially from the trailhead to Talapus Lake. Just a few muddy spots left. The switchbacks allow for a low-moderate incline. I managed to have a few solitary minutes at both lakes before other groups arrived, it was very peaceful and the lakes are beautiful. The trail traffic picked up considerably midday and parking is limited, so arrive early if you can.

4 months ago

Muddy! The lower part of the trail to Talapus was very busy, but actually our favorite for scenery. The trail to Olallie was pretty muddy and rough but very few hikers. I liked the seclusion, but my wife preferred the scenery of the lower section. Very nice lakes, and probably somewhere we will go for quick last-minute overnight trips.

4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Initially in reading the reviews I thought "Oh brother, people shouldn't complain about mud in Washington State." But I was unprepared for the sheer volume of mud on the trail.

Good hike. Very busy.

backpacking
5 months ago

Headed to the north side of olallie for a night. Trail is clear, no fall down or snow. The first part of the trail, headed up to Talapus Lake, is very heavily used. This seems to be a short hike that people use who know nothing about leave no trace principles. On the way down, Sunday, we must have seen 300 people on this part of the trail. The rest of the trail, past Talapus lake, was much less traveled.

On the way up, we took a break at the south end of Talapus. Nice lake. Then we worked our way up to Olallie. Stayed the night here. Lake is fine.

Overall, a good hike Excellent for kids. Get past Talapus, and all is well.

5 months ago

too easy and muddy.. great for kids

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful, easy to moderate trail. Went to Olallie Lake so it made it about a 7.6mi hike. You'll get muddy.

hiking
5 months ago

Very nice! Definitely muddy, trail has a lot of root structures to pass over so sturdy souled shoes are a must.

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike for beginners! Parking lot was overflowed into street but was surprised we didn't run into as many people as we thought. Muddy all the way up but nothing that stopped us. Lots of roots. Hike was fairly easy and well worth it to go to the more secluded olallie lake. Will definitely do again.

hiking
5 months ago

Never saw a trail as muddy as this one. Other than that, the trail was an easy one. About one mile to Talapus lake and one more mile to Olallie lake. Olallie lake looked prettier today. Btw, this trail is very popular, go there earlier if you want to avoid crowds.