Colonel Bob Trail

MODERATE 25 reviews
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Colonel Bob Trail is a 13.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Quinault, Washington that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
13.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5,872 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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.

hiking
29 days ago

First things first, this is a 17 mile in and out hike, not 13. Multiple gps devices confirm this to be true. There is a shorter trail called Pete’s Creek Trail that will get you to the summit in half the time & effort. You do not need a pass for this hike.

This is a steep trail. I would classify it as hard, not moderate. It starts in a lush rainforest thicket with copious amounts of shade, moss and the occasional massive tree. The trail increasingly becomes rough around the edges. This means: fallen trees, rocky & loose gravel and occasionally overgrown with berry bushes, ferns & other plants. You descend to a dry creek bed and then scale the side of a mountain only to descend the other side into into a lovely meadow full of wildflowers.

After the meadow you begin your ascent to the summit. This is steep, often rocky and includes a stream with some campsites.

The summit is stellar. 360 view that includes Quinault Lake, Mt. Rainier, & Mt. Olympus.

The descent is a bit hard on the knees & feet.

1 month ago

Great hike! Little much for a quick day trip I recommend you take Pete’s Creek if you want to save time. The campsites near the summit are awesome take advantage and make it a overnight. The Salmon Berries and nettles are thick right now but very little snow on the summit:).

3 months ago

Loved this trail! I got 4.5 miles up today and was stopped by snow as I couldn't find the trail today. Definitely going back when the snow is melted!

hiking
11 months ago

great hike. some parts of the trail are a little over grown but otherwise well maintained. signs are a little out dated and difficult to read and easy to bypass without notice. not a lot of traffic which is nice. fairly moderate trail until you reach the end which is well worth the last push. a ton of bugs up top and my girlfriend got eaten alive on the way down above all though that N.E.S.W. view is hard to beat at an elevation of almost 4500 feet.

11 months ago

Tough hike but the view makes it all worth it.

11 months ago

Tough hike but the view makes it all worth it

hiking
Sunday, May 28, 2017

Started from the Pete's Creek trailhead. Once we made it to the snow level the trail wasn't marked well enough to continue. Sledding down the snow was fun though! Next time I come here I'll bring a GPS with the trail clearly marked :). Recommend coming in July

hiking
Sunday, May 24, 2015

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.

hiking
Saturday, October 11, 2014

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.

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

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.

hiking
Monday, May 26, 2014

Very steep and challenging hike. Views were awesome at the top.

hiking
Monday, August 19, 2013

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.

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