This moderate hike is very popular with first-time backpackers and families with children. Begin walking in second-growth forest replanted during the 1960s. At 0.6 miles the forest structure changes as you leave the old harvest area and enter a forest that burned early in the 20th century. Look for a few burned snags still standing along the trail. Ascend gradually in a series of swithbacks following Talapus Creek to a footlog over the creek at the Alpine Lakes Wilderness boundary. At milepost 2.0 pass Talapus Lake, a good place for families with small children to stop and enjoy. Continue on the trail 1.4 miles to Olallie Lake, passing a spur trail to Pratt Lake Trail 1007. Overuse, wet ground and lack of funding have contributed to muddy trail conditions and dilapidated boardwalk from the Wilderness boundary to Olallie Lake, especially in the early summer. Use care on wet puncheon.
From North Bend,WA travel east on I-90 for about 14.5 miles and take exit #45. At the stop sign turn north. Turn left on Forest Road #9030. Follow Forest Road #9030 for 0.75 mile and turn right at the junction, following Forest Road #9030 uphill to the trailhead at the end of the road.