This is such a great hike. But just to make sure everyone is aware, the WTA page says that the road is closed for a “for a restoration project”. What it is closed for is a massive logging operation with lots of clear cutting. You get to drive past hundreds and hundreds of dead trees lined up on the road ready for the mill. A great start to your connection with nature. It is so sad that the WTA was too cowardous to say the road is closed for logging operation but instead engages in political jargon. To make matters worse, there are numerous places that the loggers have intentionally fell a bunch of trees on the trail trying to block the route of hikers. It is like they are saying “The forest is put here for destruction and consumption. It’s not here for your enjoyment.” Sad. On the plus side, the road is in great shape. Best it has ever been. Lots of work was put into making sure the logging trucks and equipment can get in and out easy.
Talapus and Olallie Lakes — Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022
Washington Trails Association on Talapus and Olallie Lakes
Pezzhead, the forest thinning is part of a larger and long-overdue road improvement project aimed at improving hiker access and being better for the ecosystem in the area long-term. The goal is to create space for the road improvements while reducing the possibility of pests and disease in the forest, and supporting wildlife and fish habitat. Once completed, roads to the trailheads for Talapus and Olallie Lakes and Mason Lake will be much safer for hikers to get to.
Washington Trails Association on Aug 15, 2022 10:20 AM