Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Colonel Bob Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Very difficult trail! The entire trail looks like you’re following a narrow rocky creek bed all the way up the mountain. Lots of obstacles to navigate but the view on the rock up top is worth it. Also multiple campsites at mile 2 and again around 3 ish. One of the hardest hikes we’ve done. We did the last 3 miles in the dark with headlamps.

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muddy
11 days ago

great but moderately strenuous hike.

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washed out
28 days ago

We hiked the trail yesterday from parking lot. The first part of the loop was great, lots of beautiful trail. However, after crossing the road at about 2.8 miles in, the trail was covered by water and not passable. The lake level is too high. We had to walk along the road for about 1 mile to return to the parking lot. Not too bad of a detour though. Still worth it!

This is a good hike. Gradual climb over 9.4 miles round trip. Several beautiful streams, old growth Spruce and an alpine saddle before the approach to Colonel Bob. It was blowing and snowing on top, quick picture and it was time to head down.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice and easy, well maintained.

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over grown
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Did this trail 9/14/19 in the rain. Had to climb over multiple trees or under. Hard to maneuver and know when the trail would end. Early part was well groomed. Farther in the trail harder to tell what was trail and what people made as a trail. Still good hike. Be prepared to get wet.

on Fletcher Canyon Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Did this hike 1 week ago. Beautiful forest. The trail was overgrown, which didn’t bother me too much because I could still see the path. Many fallen and decaying trees in the path, which we climbed over. But then at the end, there wasn’t a clearly marked trail. We weren’t sure where we should go or where the final destination was. We turned back. Overall, a beautiful hike but the trail itself needs some clearing - the trees at the very least.

hiking
2 months ago

This is an unmaintained trail with treacherous footing through a lovely rainforest canyon. The first mile or so is decent, but after that the trail deteriorates to largely roots and rocks. A couple of the blow downs required removing my day pack and crawling on my hands and knees to get under. The trail is not aerobically challenging, but it is too technical to be pleasurable.

hiking
2 months ago

A rain forest experience with something for everyone. It is not as accessible as is touted, so if you are in a wheelchair, bring crutches if you have that option or a strong pusher and stick to the .5 mi nature trail route. That said, let me start by giving info where others allude. Many state the trail is easy to confuse but don't explain. The trail is well marked once you are on it, just know your goals and stick to the plan or be willing to walk a bit on the road back to your car. I have spent the past two weeks on some confusing trails so I went to check in at the ranger station ahead of time. Do you ever get the sense they are just messing with you? I have found amazing rangers who want to ensure you will feel safe and have an incredible interaction with nature and some who just want you to interact according to nature's whim. There's a trail! I'm asking for help so I can use it! With a vague wave in the general direction of the parking lot I was told to pick up the trail outside the visitor's center and that it was well marked. Was that a smirk? I dunno....but yes, it was. So here's the deal. If you park in the visitors center stare at the main building (the one you can go into to get smirked at), look to your left and start to walk that way and just to your right you'll see the trail head. It descends to a bridge. Don't cross it! Or do, take a look at the creek below and go back. Or if you need the bathroom it is right on the other side of the bridge. There is a trail just before the bridge that will take you to cross the road. There begins the loop you are seeking. You will pass waterfalls--several of which you hear but do not really get a good look at. So see with your ears and it's a great hike. Think like Dora and these are your goals: cascade falls, cedar bog, Willaby creek, nature trail under the road to the lakeside trail. This will get you the four miles or so promised. It ends when you walk into the back yard of hte Quinault Lodge, where it looks like Roosevelt should be reclining with a pipe. Cut through the parking lot back to the visitors center and your car. For a Washingtonian the elevation gains and losses are no big deal. If you're from western Tennessee you will have other thoughts. Either way you will see runners getting their cardio in, elderly and small children meandering, and middle aged people like me doing whatever you call it that we do to get from one place to the next. Fresh air, lots of canopy for shade or rain protection, and an even soft trail to tread on make for a great morning outside. Enjoy!

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over grown
rocky
2 months ago

We did not go all the way to the end but we hiked enough of the trail to realize that this trail climbs too steeply and is too rocky to be considered kid-friendly.

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muddy
over grown
rocky
3 months ago

Challenging but awesome and well worth the view at the top. Started 8:30 finished 1:45. Some overgrowth (see pic) but was limited spots and not as bad at this time as other reviews.

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over grown
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

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over grown
3 months ago

We hiked the trail in the middle of August and were initially confused by the lack of any running creek water. I guess it wasn't rainy season at all... The trail itself is nice and passes through some pretty rainforest vegetation and beautiful trees. There is a decent elevation gain and we also had to climb over a couple of huge fallen trees. While not breathtaking, the trail does offer some nice views and is a good exercise.

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blowdown
over grown
rocky
scramble
washed out
3 months ago

Oh boy, how to begin. SO and I are pretty fit and have done lots of hikes rated as much harder than this one, but we both struggled. It’s pretty overgrown in some spots, but it’s mostly ferns so NBD. My problem was the rocks. The entire trail is comprised pretty much of giant rocks and boulders and it takes a lot of work for someone with short legs to get over a lot of these as well as tackle the elevation. There were several spots where giant boulders from up the canyon have very recently came down and smooshed parts of the trail completely away and you have to climb the erosion. Lots of downed trees, as well. Don’t get me wrong, the scenery was beautiful. We heard the waterfall the entire way and the weather was perfect. Lots of shade on the trail. We heard voices and laughter up the canyon the whole time but never ran into anyone, and my imagination ran wild with me and I couldn’t shake the feeling we were being watched from above is the entire way. But we spent almost three hours climbing and only made it to the first mile, that’s how difficult this trail ended up being. Even my mountain goat of a dog struggled. We ended up turning around after that and climbed down, which was surprisingly easier. I recommend the difficulty be changed to Hard until the NFS has the chance to service the trail. And because I know sometimes this is a big deal: the road to the trailhead was super duper easy and well-maintained and flat, very easy in any car, and there’s a parking lot AND a turnout spot to park right at the trailhead.

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bugs
3 months ago

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4 months ago

Interesting to see the growth of the trees over the years!

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bugs
over grown
rocky
4 months ago

A challenge for us, but had great weather and wanted to give it a try. It was hard but rewarding! First - The trailhead is across from where you park by the wooden Pete’s Creek sign. Don’t go down the hill by your car or you’ll be on another trail. We were instantly engulfed in a cloud of HUGE horse flies. Bring poles (it’s straight up and then straight down on rock/roots) and bring a ton of water. As others have said this trail is super overgrown for the entire middle portion. We never had a problem following the trail due to this (look for coral ribbons tied along the way), but it was hard to walk through salmon berry up to your shoulders for miles. Plus it meant flies/bugs/mosquitos following us the whole time. But! The wildflowers and water flowing throughout are so wonderful. Mushrooms, moss and huge trees. You’ve reached the top when you’re at the tippy top of a bald rock. We saw Rainier, Lake Quinault, the Pacific Ocean, and so much more. It was an incredible view and we had the perfect day for it. Saw wet bear paw prints on the rocks crossing the water during our last mile but so thankful we didn’t meet the owner of them. In at 11:30am out at 6pm.

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