Talapus Lake from exit 45
Ian and I parked on road 9030 a few hundred feet from exit 45. The road is washed out here. We put on our skis and headed up 9030 to the Talapus/Olallie Lakes trailhead. We hit another washout shortly after the intersection with road 9031.
From the trailhead we took the small ridge west of Talapus Creek. The ridge is treed the whole way, no views. At 3,340' we left the ridge and headed down gentle slopes to the Talapus Lake outlet. We admired the snow slopes NW of the lake and resolved to come back in the spring to ski them.
We returned the same way. The trees on the ridge were a bit too tight, luckily the ridge is mellow enough that we could usually maneuver around them (we suffered one collision with a tree). When we got back to the trailhead we were surprised to find loads of snowshoe tracks in what had been untracked snow in the morning. We encountered many snowshoers and a few skiers while we skied down the road.
approx. 1,815 feet
South Fork Snoqualmie Drainage, Alpine Lakes Wilderness
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5 hours 44 minutes
1 hour 23 minutes ascending from exit 45 on I-90 to Talapus Lake trailhead
1 hour 25 minutes ascending from Talapus Lake trailhead to where we left the ridge
25 minutes ascending from where we left the ridge to Talapus Lake
17 minutes descending from Talapus Lake to where we rejoined the ridge
41 minutes descending from where we rejoined the ridge to Talapus Lake trailhead
43 minutes descending from Talapus Lake trailhead to exit 45 on I-90
49 minutes driving back from exit 45 on I-90 to 65th Street Park and Ride
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