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Pete's Creek Trail to Colonel Bob Peak Trail

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Colonel Bob Wilderness

Pete's Creek Trail to Colonel Bob Peak Trail is a 8.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Quinault, Washington that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 8.8 mi Elevation gain 3,549 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

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Forest

River

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Wild flowers

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Over grown

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Nickole Waite
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MuddyOver grownRockySnow

This trail was challenging because of large loose rocks and slippery boulders. Some of the trail was overgrown with salmon berry so long sleeves and pants are recommended. Trekking poles were very helpful. Take 3 liters of water for each person on a cloudy day. There is a clear stream about a mile before the summit if you bring a filter. It is much cooler at the top with a few patches of snow so bring something to keep warm. The clouds did not clear out for us, but we saw some amazing views. There were hundreds of different kinds of wildflowers. It feels longer than 8.8 miles because 9f the elevation gain. It took us about 7 hours with breaks (4hrs up and 3hrs down). Start early, I wouldn't want to be on the trail when its getting dark. Saw about 5 tents near the top.

Aleks Storvick
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HikingOver grownRocky
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Josh Means
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HikingOver grown

Pretty difficult.. also recommend wearing pants as trail is quite overgrown. Very cool up top though

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Barbara Dawn Johnstone
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hiked June 18. Only a handful of other people, but it was a Thursday. Trail in good condition. A bit of snow near the top, easy to navigate in other's tracks. Slushy/slippery but poles definitely did the trick. This is a steep, sometimes rocky hike. I like that challenge, but it's good to know what you're getting yourself into. That said, typically gorgeous Olympic peninsula forest with plenty of little wildflowers sprinkled in. Most of the hike is in the trees. It was hazy so the views from the top weren't super long distance but stunning nonetheless. Would do this one again!

Douglas Prout
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HikingBlowdownBugsOver grownRockySnow
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Heather Bore
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HikingSnow

Perfect road and trail conditions for the first 3 miles. The last mile to the summit is 100% snow covered with 12+ inches of slushy snow, some post holing dangers, and difficult route finding. I was lucky to follow fresh boot prints through the fog from a group of 4 ahead of me. Recommend gators, waterproof boots, poles, and navigation tools. Magical place transitioning from winter to spring. Can’t wait to go back on a clear day!

Jen H.
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HikingBlowdownMuddyRockySnow

First off this trail is not 6.6 miles it’s 8.2 ish Rt. The elevation gain listed is correct. We started off going the wrong direction and following the trail by where we parked our truck along the creek (we didn’t see any other trails when we arrived). Followed this for about 1/2 a mile till becoming alarmed at the fact that the trail was going down and far to easy for a difficult hike resulting in an extra mile on our trip. Followed the gps where it turns the trail starts on the opposite side of the road a bit back from the Pete’s creek campground sign. The first couple miles were fairly easy till we got to the creek crossing where we considered the gps to find the actual trail. Note that there are multiple trails that come off of here. From there most of the way is like walking on river bed rocks. Challenging in itself. After this point we started encountering snow that has freshly fallen in the last two days. The trail was still outlined making it pretty easy to see the way to go. Once over the ridge you drop into the valley below colonel bob peak where multiple tarns/frozen ponds and lakes exist. There is quite a bit of snow here and also a HUGE amount of ice on the trail. We considered putting on spikes but actually made it to the last section of the trail where we decided to put them on since there we encountered a section of ice on the trail that was unavoidable. Snow increased from the valley below to considerable near the peak. The peak itself only has a thin layer of snow. Due to the challenges on the trail, going the wrong way, route finding on the trail, snow, ice, cold it took us a little over 3 hours to get up and close to that to get down. The views were spectacular and worth the struggle. I wouldn’t do this trail if it gets more snow. Just to unsafe. The road to the trailhead was in decent shape and snow free!

Brian Thompson
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HikingRocky

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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Joshua Pratt
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Hiking

great but moderately strenuous hike.

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Michael Buchanan
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Hiking

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.

Scott Lancaster
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Hiking

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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Kelsey Wojtasiak
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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.

Jackie Taylor
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HikingOver grown

I’m surprised by the other reviews of this trail. We decided to do this one as our first and “easiest” hike of our Washington trip. The trail was extremely overgrown. I’d say about 80% of the trail was bushwhacking through thorny bushes. If you do this trail, definitely make sure you have the map downloaded because the trail is not easy to follow. Because of the overgrowth, it was hard to see your feet and we tripped over logs and rocks occasionally. Don’t get me wrong, it was a beautiful hike. The wildflowers were amazing! We even saw a few cougar prints. The whole trail took us 9.5 hours. I just wanted to leave a review to let others know that this is not an easy trail. If you are looking for a secluded, wild hike, go for it! For reference, we did a few other hikes rated “Hard,” and they were nowhere near as hard as this one! I wish AllTrails had a better difficulty rating system for this reason.

Emma Taylor
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HikingOver grown

This hike was really challenging but rewarding. Definitely need the map for this trail...we started on the wrong trail originally, which was clearly marked and easy to do, but we checked the map and realized we had to cross the street and do the trail on the other side. The trail was super over grown so that made it even more difficult. We had the trail to ourselves. Saw several cougar paw prints in the mud. All in all, this was a beautiful hike but definitely be prepared and know that this is a HARD hike.

drew asa
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Hiking

This was a terrific hike. In at 11am, out at 7pm with several relaxing breaks along the way and at the top. No snow, limited blow down, but several parts of the trail with encroaching wildflowers and bushes. Never a doubt of where the trail went, and definitely underused for the stunning view at the top. We’ve hiked many mountains before but this view was just special

Laura Finke
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Hiking

Like many others before have mentioned, this trail is much longer than mentioned and very difficult. Pete’s Creek Trail is steep and after it connects to Colonel Bob, it is even steeper. Thus bring plenty of water! It was about 10.5 miles total for us. Search the trail before on this app to have the map accessible when you open the app on the trail (you won’t have service on the trail but you don’t need to download the map beforehand. This helped us when we got a little lost a few times and when the trail wasn’t perfectly marked but this allows you to see where you are in relation to the trail and kept us on the trail the whole time. Certain areas are overgrown with fallen trees and brush but you can see the trail the whole time. Yet despite all these things, it was an incredible hike featuring a wide variety of landscapes and immaculate 360 degrees views on Olympic NP, Mt. Rainier, the ocean and Mt. St. Helens. No real snow on the trail but small amounts to the side.

Rachel Bromberg
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HikingBugsOver grownRocky

Bring a machete for the overgrowth at Pete's Creek, and bring trekking poles for the descent from Colonel Bob. Breathtaking 360 views of the Olympic National Forest at the top, but the ascent is exhausting! I recorded this out and back trail to be almost 11 miles in total. Definitely start early and wear good shoes. Ran into only 2 other folks on the mountain, and a few easily traversed snow drifts in early June. This trail was too wet / snowed in when attempted in mid April.

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