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Hiking to Talapus Lake and Olallie Lake with Tips for Backpacking Adventures

September 24, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm PDT


Presented By

Morgan Boyle, experienced hike trip leader


If you live in Washington State, we invite you to join us for our annual fall hike.

Nestled within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Talapus and Olallie Lakes are among the most easily accessible lakes in the region. Established in 1976, the nearly 400,000-acre Alpine Lakes Wilderness hosts more than 700 lakes. Like so many place names in the area, these lakes bear the legacy of the early interaction of pioneers and Native Americans. Talapus translates to “coyote” in the pidgin language Chinook Jargon, while Olallie roughly means “berry.” Largely born through the necessity of trade, Chinook Jargon is an amalgamation of French, English and Salishan languages native to the Pacific Northwest’” from the Backpacker.com site.

When we get to Olallie Lake, Morgan will do a quick demonstration on what to expect and what you should be prepared for if you were backpacking in gorgeous Washington State.

Meet at 9:00amPT at the parking lot by the trailhead (we will have a Koa Club sign with us in front of our vehicle so you can find us) to get some brief hiking instructions and we leave the parking lot by 9:15amPT, so don’t be late. We want to start early because this is an extremely popular hike and the parking lot may be full if we start later, plus we would likely be glad we are heading down before it gets too hot in the early afternoon.

For more details about the hike and how to get to the parking lot:  Talapus and Olallie Lakes — Washington Trails Association (wta.org)

Hike Date: Saturday, September 24, 2022, 9:00amPT. We should be done by 12:30pmPT. 

Trip Distance: 6.2 miles roundtrip to Talapus Lake and Olallie Lake
Elevation Gain: 
1,220 feet

Bring hiking poles, snacks, plenty of water and weather-appropriate clothing.  Also you will need a Northwest Forest Pass to park in the lot.  You can buy your pass at: Region 6 – Recreation Passes & Permits (usda.gov), at any REI store or park ranger station. 

For precaution against COVID-19, we are limiting this hiking trip to no more than 20 people total.

Who Can Attend & Fee

  • Free for all members of The Koa Club and their guests
  • Event limited to only members of The Koa Club and their guests

About the Trip Leader

Morgan Boyle has been interested in the outdoors since he was a child.  During his childhood he spent a lot of time solo hiking around the trails close to his house, oftentimes trying to get lost so he could find a route back to the trail head.  For the past five years Morgan has been a member of The Mountaineers allowing him to get back to hiking and learning new snow skills.  He has been involved with The Mountaineers snowshoe program as an instructor teaching Basic and Back Country skills; and he enjoys sharing how different the trails look with seasonal changes with all skills levels.


The Koa Club strongly recommends that you consult with your physician before beginning any physical activities. You should be in good physical condition and be able to participate in the activity. You should understand that when participating in any physical activity, there is the possibility of physical injury. If you engage in this activity, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in this activity, assume all risk of injury to yourself, and agree to release and discharge The Koa Club, its owners, agents and trip leaders.


September 24, 2022
9:00 am - 12:30 pm PDT
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North Bend, WA 98045, United States
Talapus Lake Trailhead
North Bend, WA 98045 United States
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