Talapus and Olallie Lakes

05/11/13

Talapus and Olallie Lakes

A trip report for Talapus And Olallie Lakes
Posted by Nathan Putnam
Road Issues: Road is great
Trail Condition: Easy to navigate
Bugs: Bring spray
Snow Level: Starts at 3,000 ft

Talapus lake and the wilderness beyond is a great place for a day hike or overnight trip. Trails lead you as far as you want to hike, and the snow allows you to take off in any direction and explore.

For our backpacking trip we hiked to Olallie lake and then hiked to a spur on the west ridge of W Granite Mountain. There we found amazing views of Mount Rainier to the south and Kaleetan, Chair, and Bryant peaks to the north. The ridge provides a great place to set up camp when there is still snow pack remaining. Round trip it was only 8 miles and can be done as a day hike. Boulder fields were very hazardous due to thinning snow pack and post-holing. Stick to hiking through the trees. If the summit of W Granite is desired continue up the west ridge. The summit is only about 50' less in elevation than its close and overcrowded sister, yet offers the same great views.

GPS coordinates of our camp site if anyone wants to repeat.
"N47 25.681 W121 30.240"

Talapus lake is beginning to thaw out

Views to the south on the ridge above Olallie Lake

Views to the north: Kaleetan, Chair, and Bryant Peaks