Talapus Lake

Snoqualmie Pass

Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington

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Talapus Lake


  • The trail to Talapus Lake traverses through cedars and hemlocks.- Talapus Lake
  • Well-maintained trails and bridges over marshy areas.- Talapus Lake
  • Long switchbacks lead up mild grades on the way to Talapus Lake.- Talapus Lake
  • A little wading area in the creek about a mile from the trailhead.- Talapus Lake
  • It's a well-travelled trail!- Talapus Lake
  • Crossing Talapus Creek.- Talapus Lake
  • A place to rest or picnic at Talapus Lake.- Talapus Lake
  • A stunning and serene view of Talapus Lake.- Talapus Lake
  • Six or so campsites located just off of Talapus Lake.- Talapus Lake
  • Queen's Cup (Clintonia uniflora) flowers hiding along the way.- Talapus Lake
  • Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis).- Talapus Lake
  • - Talapus Lake
Overview + Weather
Well-maintained trails. Wildflowers. Lakeside camping.
Highly trafficked trails. Mosquitos. Rough road to trailhead.
Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
650.00 ft (198.12 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
4.40 mi (7.08 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
2,560.00 ft (780.29 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


The Alpine Lakes Wilderness hosts more than 700 beautiful lakes, and Talapus Lake is one of the more accessible and commonly visited of them all. The trek to Talapus Lake is a great introduction to hiking and backpacking, consisting of just more than 2 miles of wide trails and a mild grade that climbs 650 feet. As the trail leads past cedars, firs, salmon berries, and various wildflowers, you'll even have the chance to stop and wade in Talapus Creek, which the trail intersects several times on its way up to the lake.

Despite the lake's relative proximity to I-90, it is easy to feel days away from civilization as you stand among the tall trees and look out over the perfectly clear blue lake. There are several places to sit enjoy lunch or to take a dip in the chilly water and cool off as you continue along the lakeside trail. There are five or six primitive campsites and a pit toilet just off of the main trail, so for those wishing for a light backcountry camping experience, this is a good place to start.

Stop here for the day, or continue on another mile or so to Olallie Lake.

Note: You may want to bring bug repellent, as there are some mosquitos by the lake. Also, dogs are welcome as long as they are on a leash.

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