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22 hours ago

Gorgeous trail. I do have a water shoe from someone who dropped it along the road up. If it is your, comment/message the brand and we'll get it back to you!

We really like this trail because we can take people of any skill level. The grandkids love this one. Very scenic and most of the hike is in the shade. Have taken a dip a couple of times in one of the pools. This water is cold. I’ve also been with a group that mountain biked this trail. We had a couple of riders that weren’t very skilled at biking and they found the trail a little narrow but a beautiful ride.

Spectacular view of the lake and a nice workout. 1hr 45 min up to overlook (3+mi) and 1hr 20 min down. Lots of bugs. I wore bug spray and still got a couple of bites. I didn’t see a bathroom. Will definitely go again and head down to the lake next time.

Great hike as always!!! A lot of bugs this time , don’t stop or you will get bit. 7/17/18

Definitely a great trail. We hiked in then camped for the night and hiked out in a very casual 25 hours starting at about noon on a Saturday.

Its not blazed but sufficiently worn in that you cannot get lost. Its very clean too! I usually find tons of other people's trash on trails (including well-intended doggie poop bags) - but this was very clean.

The incline is steady and not easy, but very do-able if you're in relative shape.

My girlfriend and I did this on the weekend during one of the hot days in summer and once we reached the lake we had swarms of mosquitos, gnats and flies to greet us. Repellant is a must.

If you plan on drinking the purified lake water, I suggest using filtration because its a little foamy near the shore.

For what its worth, everyone was making pit fires. I had the impression that there was a fire ban pretty much everywhere right now, but we weren't arrested :)

Beautiful hike. A steep down to start, but not too bad, and so worth it. Take a dip at one of the pools toward the end.

4 days ago

Nice hike! The rocks on the switchback can be kind of difficult to maneuver if you’re not wearing boots. Lots of people were wearing tennis shoes but I wouldn’t recommend it - especially since there’s still snow on the trail to the lake that’s pretty slippery. Come early to beat the crowds.

Hiked 7/918 with three other gals!
Drove for a little over a mile on a fairly "gravelly" path and arrived around 1:40 PM then had to get a day permit/pass for $5.00. There are a fair amount of switchbacks and can be jaggedy, which I like. There are two old bridges above the streams with reconstruction at the trail at 3/4 of the trail. Then Arrived at Talapa lake at 2:40 with a lot of breaks and photos ♡ I can easily say an enjoyable hike for beginners who want to push themselves with the elevation.

5 days ago

We did this hike after Denny Creek Trail and when comparing the 2 trails, made this one feel so much easier. It took 1.5 hours to the top and decided not to do the hike down to the lake - it was pretty snowy/muddy and we didn't have the right hiking shoes on. It probably would've taken another hour out and back to lake if we wanted to go. The peak of this trail provides amazing views of Snow Lake

Very pretty home, forest pass required.
The snow on the lake is starting to melt.

8 days ago

Nice trail, not too long and not too short. very crowded though.

Beautiful hike on a hot day because you’re almost entirely in shade. The forest was lovely as was the crystal clear creek the trail followed. Lovely waterfalls and not too many people on the trail. We took our dog on a leash and he loved it. Take plenty of water and a snack. It’s a nice easy hike on a well maintained trail.

10 days ago

Great hike! Lots of shade which is great for the furry friends, not too difficult but definitely still a good workout. We went early afternoon which was perfect as a lot of people were leaving and it was starting to cool down but there was still a lot of cars when we showed up and parking is tight. Only complaint was lots of bugs at Olallie even with bug spray, but Talapus was great! Want to bring some floaties and spend the day out there next time!

10 days ago

Nice hike. Lots of people on a Sunday. Go early to beat the crowd. The trail is mostly rocky. There was no snow till the view point. Some snow on the trail if you go further for lake access.

10 days ago

We got to the trailhead around 9am. The parking lot was already starting to fill up. We hiked up to Snow Lake and attempted to descend but there was still too much snow and we didn’t have the proper equipment. On our return, we took the trail to Source Lake and enjoyed seeing the waterfalls. The views from the side of Source Lake were amazing!

10 days ago

Pretty easy trail all things considered. Some parts are rocky. Went on 7/7 and the trail from the top down to the lake still had a lot of snow - poles and snowshoes or spikes are needed. The lake was also still frozen and white.

Great trail! Just make sure to pick up a Day recreational pass from the store before the salmon river turn-off. Well worth the drive!

Easy to moderate trail, good for leisurely hike. You can pay for parking at the entrance if you don’t have a nw forest pass. Carry mosquito repellent if you plan to go in summers near the lake.

Went there about 5 days ago a lot easier than I expected , got a little tough to make it all the way down since there’s still a bit of snow but doable ! Worth the little extra effort

Nice wooded trail, pretty dry most of the way with a few muddy patches. Mostly all uphill but a gradual incline. Lots of dogs on the trail. Easy enough for kids.

micro spike is very helpful if you like to reach the lake

Did this as a long day hike going clockwise. Wanted to have fresh legs for the incline. Took us 9 hrs to complete and we are not in the best of shape. Either my phone gps is way off or the mileage on here is off. Phone said 20.75 miles from parking lot. Refilled water bottles right before the lookout tower. Ran out of water on the way back down and had to pump at the river. As stated earlier, lots of downed trees. Can't imagine having to climb over them at the end on fatigued legs. Views of the mountains was beautiful. Fields of clover and wildflowers along the way. If we did this again it would be as an overnighter. Only saw 1 person until we got to the lookout. Was really busy last couple of miles.

12 days ago


Great views

Really enjoyed this hike. It was a nice easy elevation gain with big rewards along the way. Between the old growth forest and the blue pools I was happy, but then to get some waterfall action on top of it, made for a happy girl. We had a 4 year old with us and she did great with the breaks. So many cool camp spots along the way too. I think we will come back and do as backpacking practice for our little

beautiful hike!!!

17 days ago

June 31, 2018
Rode bikes in first 4.5 miles, stash and lock em’ up. Very steep climb on way up, map says 1.5 as the crow flies, but probably closer to 3-4 miles up with turns and whatnot. Hike is very difficult up, with downed logs and etc. Lake was thawed and beautiful, lots of brown trout. Some small patches of snow, Mt Constance looks summit-able with good weather. Saw some people attempt it but got turned around due to weather. Good luck.

Great hike. Lots of mud. Talapus lake was alright but Olallie Lake was really pretty. Some beautiful birds singing along the way as well. Another great Washington hiking day!

23 days ago

Amazing view!Worth it!

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