Talapus, Olallie, and Island Lakes Trail
Talapus, Olallie, and Island Lakes are all accessed on this hike, which is a long, moderately trafficked, and rated as moderate. This can either function as a day trip to see all three lakes or you can use this trail to backpack at the backcountry camping sites near the lakes. Each lake is beautiful and serene in its own way, and you can alter this trail to suit your needs if you’d prefer a shorter or longer trip.
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Route Description for Talapus, Olallie, and Island Lakes Trail
Why settle for just one lake when you could see three? The network of trails in this area provides easy access to Talapus Lake, Olallie Lake, and Island Lake all in one hike. There are variations possible to enjoy just a section of this trail, and if the full length is too much, you can shorten your trip or keep going if you’re backpacking.
The hike to Talapus and Olallie begins from the parking area, heading into the forest on a wide, well-maintained trail. The trail has been carefully worked on through the years, making it a nice walk.
Through a collection of old cedars and hemlock, the path steepens a bit, curving around switchbacks next to Talapus Creek. You’ll reach a fork just before Talapus Creek. Go right.
Reaching Talapus Lake, switchback through the forest for 1.9 km Hike to the western shore of Olallie Lake, then take the bootpath up to Pratt Lake Trail and go left. Continue traversing west, and at the final junction before Island Lake, go left.
After resting on the lakeshore or having a swim, retrace your steps to the trailhead.
Getting to the Talapus, Olallie, and Island Lakes Trail Trailhead
The trailhead for the hike to Talapus Lake, Olallie Lake, and Island Lake is at the Talapus Lake Trailhead Parking Lot at the end of Forest Road 9030.
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