At the 3-mile mark, the trail intersects the Talapus Lake Cutoff Trail, which leads to the shores of Talapus Lake and Olallie Lake. Bear left for a short side trip to the lakes, or continue straight for the remaining 1.1 miles to the saddle. Just below the saddle, the trail rounds to the southwest and crosses a talus field; stop for stunning views of Mount Rainier and Olallie Lake. At mile 4.1, the route crests the 4,200-foot ridge separating Pratt Lake and Olallie Lake. Savor the 360-degree views of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness before turning around and descending back to the trailhead.
-Mapped by Nathan and Jeremy Barnes, hikingwithmybrother.com
Trailhead: I-90 E to exit 47. Turn left onto NFD 5800 Rd. In 0.1 mile, turn left onto NFD 9034. Go 0.3 mile to parking (on busy days, park along the road). Note: Northwest Forest Pass required.