Hiked around 3pm and made it to Talapus lake and back down. Took just about an hour to get up and then back to the bottom. Not too many people at that time, plenty of parking spaces. Not too tough of a hike either! Recommend for kids!

Trail is open. Good to go. Only did the first lake. No snow.

Decent trail, nothing spectacular, but a good chance to get out and stretch your legs. Solid amount gain (we clocked 3,159 ft total). Some pretty solid views of Rainier from this trail on a clear day. Mason lake is nothing incredible, but it is nice. We arrived at 12:30 pm on a Monday to a full parking lot, but the trail was not crowded at all. The first 1.5-2 mi is along a nice wide old road bed, plenty of space to distance. After that it cut sharply uphill and a bit to the left, more narrow but still room enough to give distance to passing hikers. About 50/50 for others wearing masks while passing. There were a few slushy snow patches left once you pass over the ridge and down to Mason lake and a good bit if mud. I was carrying our 8 mo old in the pack using trekking poles and boots and had no trouble. Overall glad we got out to do this trail, but nothing really drawing me back to do it again.

A lot of fallen trees blocking the trail. Some you can walk under, others you have to climb over. I would say the trail is more of a rocky walk in the woods rather than a hike.

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muddy
rocky
2 days ago

Pretty steep hike and was tiring ! The view of Mason lake at the end of trail makes the hike worth it. Good hiking shoes recommended

Done on 5/27. Like others have said lots of trees down, very manageable though! Easy hike with a great reward at the end.

hiking
2 days ago

Saw a black bear near the trail head. Overall beautiful hike!

I think I lost a pair of Ray-Ban Sunglasses in the parking lot about an hour ago (Sunday @ 12). Let me know if you find them! (4259618741)

Great hike! I did this hike last week and there was still snow on the trail as you make it down towards the lake. Lake was covered with snow but no longer frozen.

good hike, downed trees need to be cleared out.

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over grown
rocky
washed out
3 days ago

Rainy day easy hike. FSR 4020 in rough condition.

Great trail! Parking lot requires compass pass. There’s an open restroom at the start of the trail. Shaded almost all of the way but can get very warm and humid!

The trail had lots of snow at the top about 5 feet deep in some areas. We got off trail a few times but were able to make it to the lake. Micro spikes are a must and poles. Great view of the lake once you get there. It was almost all covered in snow.

Make sure you have sunscreen if it is a good day. It could be super hot so wear lightly.The last 2 miles or so are exposed in the sun. The view is great tho cos you can see Rainier! See my pictures. Regular hiking boots can handle everything. I suggest to use poles due to some snow patches in the last mile. The road condition to the trail head is with potholes so make sure you have a good SUV and drive slow.

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muddy
4 days ago

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4 days ago

This trail is NOT CLOSED. Hiked on 5/27/2020. Easy parking, saw others only on the logging road. The trail itself was totally devoid of people. Just the logging road for the first couple of miles. Then an easy trail across the clear cut. When you enter the forest it gets steep, but still not difficult other than the grade. At about mile 3.5 miles you will begin to lose the trail as it is lightly trafficked and unmaintained. Every treefall will throw you off track. Keep your All Trails map open and zoomed in on your GPS position and you're OK. The closer you get to the falls, the more technical and tricky it gets. Fallen trees, mud bogs, streams, slippery rocks, big step-ups. When you get to the base of the falls, which are spectacular, you begin the last quarter mile slog up the steep to the lake. What's hard is this trail gets more difficult as it goes, and finishes with the toughest section of all. Save your energy!

Great trail, but very crowded which is why I gave it 4 stars vs 5. It’s completely understandable why it’s so popular: only an hour from Seattle and just a brisk 35 minute hike to get to a stunning Talapus Lake. Who wouldn’t like that. Road is decent as forest roads go. Just be cautious. Trail in good shape with some small mud and snow patches as described by others. No bugs. I got there today (Friday) at 8am and there were already 10 cars in the lot. By the time I left, probably 40 going down the road. Folks being good to distance and about 40% with masks as they pass. Aside from the crowds, trail and lakes were beautiful and I will go back. One quick word about the AllTrails: I could not make the loop around Olallie using the boot and Pratt Lake Trail like it shows. Once you get to the head of the lake and cross some streams, the trail vanishes. I talked to two others who had the same issue. Not a huge deal, just letting folks know.

Love this family friendly hike. Provides a but of a challenge for our 10 & 12 year old without too much complaining. Not much mud or snow until right before Olallie. Shortly before Olallie there’s a few muddy patches but nothing too bad. Lots of space to step off the trail if needed, not a lot of face coverings out today. When we arrived around 9:30am there were about 30 cars total, when we finished around 1:00, there were around 50. Not too bad!

I’ve done this before. 10/10 hike. Tree is down on the road apx 4-5 miles from trailhead (as of May 13th), turned around and did trout/copper lake instead. Will def come back soon and hopefully the tree is gone. Prob worth the extra mileage cause it’s such a kewl trail.

Got to the trailhead at 7:30; about 3 other cars there. The trail was clear ‘til about 1 mile before you hit the second lake and then it gets slightly muddy. When we got back to the car around 9:30 the lot was full with about 6 cars parked overflow. Beautiful day and the lakes looked nice. Only a handful of people wearing face coverings of some sort.

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bugs
muddy
over grown
4 days ago

05/29/2020 The road up to the trail head has a few big pot holes but if you take it slow you should be fine in most vehicles. I got to the trail head late, around 10 am and it was full and people were parking down the road. Note: don’t be inconsiderate and park on both sides, stick to one. When I left some idiots had parked on both sides and my little car barely fit through. What are these people thinking? I’m guessing they don’t use their brains much. Anyways, the hike was nice. It was a sunny day and most of the train is dry with a few muddy spots and some creeks to cross. You might want to wear waterproof boots, unless you don’t mind maneuvering around the muddy and wet areas. I took the upper Elliot trail on the way to the lake and the lower trail on the way back. The upper trail is a more gradual incline but the lower trail has more to see besides just trees and a few small waterfalls. I would recommend taking the lower trail on the way back down or both ways if you don’t mind a few steeper sections. The lake looked beautiful and not a cloud in the sky. I decided to follow the trail until it ended. Glad I did because there are some amazing waterfalls back there but you have to work for those views. The train gets pretty over grown, especially after the waterfalls. I took it until it ended on my All Trails map, then kept going a bit until there was no more trail. One last thing, don’t tie your dog bags to tree branches. Either carry it with you or don’t bring your dog.

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