Explore Talapus and Ollie Lakes

North Bend, Washington

Details

Distance

6.2 miles

Elevation Gain

1220 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Jeff Richards

Beautiful old and new growth forests and two easily accessible lakes. A quick day hike that is suitable for families and dogs.

Starting from the well-marked Talapus Lake trailhead, take the well-groomed, wide, and only path from the trailhead for about a mile. After a mile, Talapus Lake will come into view in between the trees. Although there is no official trail to the lake, it is only a number of feet off of the main trail. The lake itself is surrounded by trees, making it pretty closed off and not the best spot for activities such as photography or picnics/lunch stops, but it is still worth seeing.

After Talapus, get back on the trail and continue to climb toward Lake Ollalie. Although the trail does climb all the way to the lakes, it is not steep and can be handled easily by anyone. About half a mile before Ollalie, the trail branches off. To the right, the trail continues for miles to several spots, including Granite Mountain, Island and Pratt Lakes. However, turning left will take you up a few switchbacks to Ollalie. Ollalie is a much prettier (in my opinion) lake than Talapus, and has many spots to grab a good picture or stop for a bite to eat.

After you have had your fill of the lakes, simply head back the same trail to the trailhead. The entire hike can be accomplished in a matter of a few hours without exerting yourself to the point of exhaustion.

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Features

Chillin
Camping
Photography
Running
Snowshoeing
Hiking
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Scenic

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