Colonel Bob Trail is a 13.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Quinault, WA that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until October.
From Forks, south on U.S. 101 to South Shore Road. Turn left and drive 6 miles to the trailhead on the right side of the road.
The trail was harder than we thought it would be, but the view from the summit was fantastic. We took Pete's Creek trail up, and the Colonel Bob trail down. It made for a very long hike. It took us most of the day.
This is a very strenuous hike for an old geezer like me but well worth it. The views at the top are amazing. The best part was eating berries all the way to the top and back down yummy.
Steep but worth the climb. The "restoration" area left something to be desired. There are lots of fallen tree's across the trail that you must either go over or under. The Mulkey shelter is awesome but at night there are mice so be aware. The Pete's Creek Trail is the more popular/shorter way to the peak. We stayed at the Mulkey shelter for two nights and only saw one couple with their dog the whole time. After we were on the part of the trail that intersects the Pete's Creek Trail we saw maybe a dozen other hikers in various group sizes. We went in June and there was water at Mulkey Shelter as well as maybe a dozen small water sources, a pond, and one proper creek along the way to the top. I would have given this trail 5 stars but it needs some TLC to get back to it's fighting shape. Also you don't need any kind of pass at the trail head. You do however need one at the peaks creek trail head.
Very steep and challenging hike. Views were awesome at the top.
Make sure you bring lots of water, even with a filtration or purification system there are only a few spots where your even by water. I had 1.5 liters and that ran out by the time I made it to the top. Now that that's out of the way, the hike is beautiful, the first 1.7 miles are easy, just going up hill at a gradual pace. Then the trail opens up for about a mile and there are quite a few obstacles to get around, over, and under. When the trail gets back under the thick cover, it goes up and down very gradually and there aren't any more obstacles. When you cross the dry riverbed around the three mile mark, it starts to get a little steeper. Go a mile up the steep slope and you'll arrive at the shelter. Most people stop and turn back here, if you keep going, it stays steep but now you'll run into more obstacles, it's a lot more difficult to get around them. It goes about 1/2 mile up, and another 1/2 mile down with the Un-maintained trail before it gets easier. There are sections of the trail where the foliage on the sides has grown over and hidden the trail, be VERY careful at these places because some sections have been washed away, and a missed step can send you sliding down the mountainside. When you get to the location where the 'East Fork Trail' connects, then the trail gets steep, a lot of switch-backs and again, the foliage is covering most of the trail all the way up this mountain face. A great place to rest is just above the small pond, at the creek coming down between the two peaks. You might need the rest because after that, your looking at a steep trek with lots of switchbacks along the faces of the mountain until you get to the top. When I got there it was too foggy to see anything, if you encounter this, just wait 10-15 minutes, the winds blow the clouds in and out, you'll get a great view eventually. I stopped on the way down at the creek and filled up my camel-pak about half way for the trip back, **MAKE SURE YOU HAVE WATER FILTRATION OR PURIFICATION BEFORE YOU DRINK.** this was the only clean water I found on the entire trail. I rate this trail a 5 out of 5, it is difficult, but easy to do in a full day.