Day Hike to Talapus and Olallie Lakes
6.2 miles roundtrip, 1220′ elevation gain
April 4, 2015
Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA
We decided to go out for our first hike of the spring season this Saturday to stretch out our legs. The forecast called for partly cloudy skies and a slight chance of snow. Given the dismal snow year, we knew most lower elevation hikes would be easily doable and chose Talapus and Olallie Lakes off of I-90.
The road to the trailhead had a few washouts on it that may be a little difficult for a low-clearance car, but as long as you don’t mind scraping in a couple spots it should be fine. It was no problem for our Outback. We got to the trailhead around 9:45 am and hit the trail at 10. It snowed 15 inches at Snoqualmie Pass the previous week and we hit snow pretty early on in the trail. It did not slow us down and only added to the scenery.
On the way up to Talapus Lake we passed a nice stream that was flowing out of the lake. We stopped at the south end of Talapus to snag a few pictures before continuing up to Olallie. Once we got past Talapus, the snow was a little less brown and mushy and a little more solid which actually made the going a little easier and the scenery nicer. We arrived at Ollalie Lake at about 11:45 and found a nice snowy spot along the shore to have lunch and enjoy the peacefulness of the lake.
We didn’t see too many people while we were on the way up to the lakes, but definitely saw more on the way down. Overall, it wasn’t too crowded though and we were happy with our choice. Made it back to the car at 1:30 for a total of 3 hours hiking and a half hour lunch.
Overall a relatively easy but scenic day hike within close proximity to Seattle. I can imagine that it gets quite busy on summer weekends, so we were glad we got to do it in the early season!