Explore the most popular backpacking trails near North Bend with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Intended to go camping but got turned back above the snowline. Great hike up to the snow but then you get into some deep slush over rocks on a fairly steep mountainside. I had crampons and poles and still had trouble, although I also had 80lbs on my back so it might've been more doable if I had prepared for a day trip. Other people seemed to be doing okay, but it was still mostly experienced-looking hikers at the top.

Talapus Area is beautiful, couldn’t get to Olallie as it was snowed in.

I went to this trail and found the road to the right was closed. For anyone who wanted to do this. There’s a path going straight that said Ira Springs Trail but we decided not to go to this one so I’m not sure what’s down that way.

was here the morning of 4/15/18, boot pack stopped less then a mile from the lake but with no snowshoes was too much with just poles. Will check it out again soon.

Be prepared for snow

Mad dog and I tackled this winter wonderland with our hiking boots and high spirits. It was 5-12 in of snow the whole time, and trail wasn’t marked. BUT WE MADE IT to Talapus Lake. Tried to get to Olallie lake, I mean, we coulda made it. But then we thought, nachos sound really good, and 0.5 more of a mile In knee deep snow would have taken much too long for our attention spans. Road to trail head was a bit too snowy, the Chevy Impala didn’t make it all the way up, so we added that missed 0.5 miles on the front end. PEACE.

They told me to leave because of my horse

Steep hike, particularly in the winter with lots of snow. Bring snowshoes if going in the winter, but you can make it without if you know what you’re doing. Amazing views on a clear day. Even a frozen lake is worth it.

This is a great trail highly recommend doing it, it is moderately hard however the view is definitely worth it!

beautiful views on a clear day! Easy to get to from Seattle

Probably a great place to visit during the summer. During the winter you definitely need things to accommodate deep snow and awkward walking angles. Definitely go on a clear day to get the best views. It cleared up just enough to get a good view.

We went hiking here with our 3 & 1 year old. The 3 year old walked here and there, but we mostly wore them in carriers. The trail was pretty clear for the first mile or so, and then you reached the snow/ice. The trail was very slippery once you reached that, so I am glad we brought our micro spikes. I can’t imagine doing this trail without them. Our oldest wasn’t in the mood to be out on this trail so we only managed to get to Talapus Lake which was gorgeous. We sat right at the lake and ate our lunch. There were several birds just waiting for food where we ate. I definitely want to hike this trail again.

Also, a bathroom is available, but no toilet paper and you have to pack out any that you bring since they aren’t servicing it during the winter.

Did this today 12/20/2017 morning road to trailhead is covered with snow and big potholes not safe of low clearance cars anymore.Saw couple cars stuck on our way back. be careful!!!

Also most of trail is covered under snow. Very beautiful hike

As of today.... the last stretch to the pass after lil bandera junction got a little stressful ... even with gear. We made it all the way but I can see this becoming almost impassable with any more snowfall. Road up is still fine.

Few inches of snow after the 1st mile. Little slippery, but manageable!

Well maintained road, a littler more mud and wet after first lake,kind of easy but the distance is long enough for a weekend exercise

There was not any snow at all this weekend.

Lots of snow/packed ice. Come prepared.

Wide, well-worn trail, but has so many rocks and roots. It’s an ankle breaker if you’re not careful! Once we passed Talapus Lake, the mud/puddles/snow increased. My sons had tennis shoes on they got a little wet and dirty, but if you have waterproof boots, you’ll barely notice it. You’ll need a recreation pass or $5 to pay on site.

Love this hike. Perfect swimming lake. Bring friends.

7 months ago

Did the loop on the map clockwise (many comments here are not for the loop and should be going in the 'Mason Lake' trail).
The old trail portion is not easy as it's very steep and narrow at times but it makes for a nice little adventure. While the main trail was busy on the way down, we didn't see a single person on the old trail. There is no sign at the start of the old trail and it's easy to miss it and having alltrails on the phone was useful to find it. Nice view of Mount Rainier on the way down.

Path was a bit steep in the beginning but was wide and not rocky.
View at the top was amazing

Did this hike on a Saturday morning - 20 cars parked by 830am. Tripled to quadrupled by time we left at 11am!

Well maintained trails, some parts under renovation, that meander through switchbacks and along the two lakes. I personally liked Talapus Lake better - bigger and more picturesque. The hubs liked Ollalie better - less people.

This hike is super doable for all ages and fitness levels. I'm not sure how AllTrails ranks hikes but I'd say this one is more an "easy" or "easy-moderate" hike, not a "moderate" hike. I'd come back, next time with my inflatable SUP!

Good hike with some nice views. A gradual elevation gain through out the hike. Very nice fall foliage color near the top. The lake was very serene and quiet. The noise from I-90 was heard through out the hike but not when you at the lake.

Great trail for conditioning. I am an intermediate hiker so this was a good challenge with the elevation gain. Pretty lake at the end as a reward!

awesome moderate grade. went in late may while there was still snow near olallie. beautiful

excellent for trail running. gets hard but not too hard. good alternative to bandera for your dog. was INSANELY crowded when i left, so hike early

Good hike! Was hazy/smoky on the way up from nearby forest fires - around 8:45AM. Some steep parts but not too bad. Lake was beautiful.

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