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A Late Fall Hike To Talapus Lake

Waking up to a such a pretty sunny morning we decided to go hiking this morning. After so many rainy days, well you just cannot pass up nice days! Our first choice would have been Mt. Rainier…but alas, the park is still officially closed 🙁 Even worse, the Carbon River Rd it seems is gone now outside of park boundaries. So it may be that our favorite winter hiking trail is closed for the year. Ah well! So quickly I thought about where to go that wasn’t under water. Kirk had never been to Talapus Lake, which sits just inside the boundaries of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness here in Washington.

A quick drive to the trailhead and Kirk, Ford and I were ready to go. While Talapus is a very popular trail it was not over run today – we had a mostly quiet stroll up to the lake. It was blissfully snow free and the trail was not frozen – rather it was balmy. It was in the 50*’s as we headed home. Mud was another issue…….

Talapus Creek
Talapus Creek
Alpine Lakes Wilderness boundary. Photo by Kirk.
Alpine Lakes Wilderness boundary. Photo by Kirk.
Talapus Lake
Talapus Lake
Creek Dogwood? Photo by Kirk.
Creek Dogwood? Photo by Kirk.
Talapus Lake
Talapus Lake
Lichen. Photo by Kirk.
Lichen. Photo by Kirk.
Mist across the lake.
Mist across the lake.
Small plant taking root. Photo by Kirk.
Small plant taking root. Photo by Kirk.
Ford and Kirk in the trees.
Ford and Kirk in the trees.
Red branches wrapped around my hand.
Red branches wrapped around my hand.
Another lake shot.
Another lake shot.
Tiny seedling. Photo by Kirk.
Tiny seedling. Photo by Kirk.
Heading down into the trees.
Heading down into the trees.

I shot a quick video of Talapus Creek as we walked by – that section of trail is always cool, even on the hottest days in summer. The creek was up nicely today from all the rain the past couple weeks.

~Sarah

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