Talapus Lake, Mt. Baker National Forest-Snoqualmie Trip Report
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January 25, 2003
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Driving Directions:Go off I-90 on Exit 45 (Forest Road 9030), cross under the freeway, and continue straight for one mile. At a split, go right (still on 9030) for 5.4 miles to the trailhead and parking lot.
Trail Notes:Starting from Talapus lake trailhead the trail climbs gently up towards Talapus Lake. This section of the trail is busy and sees many, many visitors. The trail starts out climbing what is an abandoned logging road. After about 15-20 minutes the road fades and becomes a trail. The trail is not steep and can be covered quickly if desired. Along the way there aren't many views, but you can get an occasional one through the trees. After about 45-60 minutes you arrive at Talapus Lake which is a very common place for people to camp during the summer. Some of these people I have seen seemed very clueless to the point of carrying a gallon of water in their hands and an exposed cotton sleeping bag despite the treat of rain. I guess at least they had water - None the less an accident waiting to happen. Though the weather on this trip was too foul for most to venture into the woods period.
Talapus Lake itself is a nice enough lake and the ease with which it is gained makes this trail suitable for anyone. The Talapus Lake trail would serve as an excellent introduction to hiking for someone unexpereienced so as not to scare them off with something too difficult. Additionally, Talapus Lake would make for an excellent snowshoe destination though the trick with this would be getting to the trailhead when fresh snow is around. This year was atypical in that the snow came very late and on this day was only about 6 inches at the trailhead, though even that gave Carl's 4x4 fits.
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Great hike for a beginner.
Reviewed By: Jennifer on Sunday, March 20, 2005 @ 09:05:57 AM
Review: My friend, my dog and I went hiked this Saturday, March 20. My friend had never been hiking before, and my dog, a puppy, had never seen snow. The hike was fabulous for "beginner" hikers. The slope was gentle, and the lakes were beautiful. In addition, it was a great dog hike. It wasn't too crowded, especially between Talapus and Ollalie Lakes. The snow was great; I'm not sure if it would be more of a negative factor on a normal year (not much snow this year).
Reviewed By: Charlie on Monday, July 12, 2004 @ 10:37:50 PM
Review: Where are the crowds?
We left the Talapus Lake. trailhead on a Friday at about 2:00 PM. We passed 2-3 groups and solo hikers (all heading down)and had Olallie Lake entirely to ourselves (not entirely true, there was some furry neighbors that shared their lake)! I was expecting the usual weekend hoards and was pleasantly surprised to find quite isolation. The only complaint was the mosquitoes, but if they are what is keeping the crowds down - hurray for mosquitoes.
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