Pete's Creek Trail to Colonel Bob Peak Trail

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Pete's Creek Trail to Colonel Bob Peak Trail is a 6.6 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.

Distance: 6.6 miles Elevation Gain: 3,549 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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.

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
1 month 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.

hiking
over grown
2 months ago

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.

hiking
over grown
2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
3 months ago

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.

hiking
over grown
rocky
3 months ago

This has become one of my favorite hikes for a workout. It’s marked as moderate but I believe it is quite difficult. I made it to the summit on the third try. It’s challenging but definitely not impossible. I really like the variation in the trek. I like that it is only lightly trafficked. It’s a fun workout!

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing view at the top. Tough hoof up, but trail is well visualized. A few areas with overgrown vegetation across the trail, a few fallen trees and only a few patches of snow. We were lucky to be above clouds and drizzle at top- they had dissipated on the way down. First time to the peninsula and am so glad to be left with fantastic appreciation of the rain forest and 360 views of the beautiful Olympic Cascades.

hiking
snow
5 months ago

Easy first bit but as you get into higher elevation the trail disappears in the snow, had to forge our own path. Gets tough toward the top and with the spring melt we decided to turn back rather than risk it. Will be back later in the summer. Great hike that turned into a bit of a climb!

hiking
Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Great hike, rocky in areas but in all well worth the climb! This is not an easy hike but it is doable! Put your head down look up now and then and you will soon find the summit of CB!

hiking
Friday, August 24, 2018

Loved hiking this trail with my rock scrambling mountain goat of a dog even though wildfire smoke disrupted the views. The trail is washed out in parts but with some looking ahead or looking for rock clusters/cairns left by others, you’ll quickly find your way. I only saw one other group of hikers out there all day. The trail is very rocky - I was thankful for thick socks and my sturdiest boots, but even so my toes are sore. The last stretch is very steep and some scrambling, but very rewarding. Took me about 3 hours to get to the peak because of the elevation (and lots of stopping for photos/snacks/to take it all in). Nearby dispersed camping at Campbell Tree Grove was ultra convenient.

hiking
Thursday, August 23, 2018

Hot and Smokey.........Canadian forest fires ruined my pictures............Steep overgrown 8.2 miles.......of fun and rewarding trail.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

The view is worth it! The trail is overgrown in many areas and a few downed trees to navigate but completely worth the view!

hiking
Friday, August 17, 2018

Good trail gets progressively steeper as you go. a few nice views along the way but probably the best 4500 foot viewpoint in the state on top. may be best selection of berries too. a definite "must do" in spite of its low elevation.

backpacking
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Amazingly rewarding yet ass-kicking hike to the peak but so beautiful when you wake up and hike up to the peak to catch the sunrise in the morning! lots of over growth in some areas and walked passed a bee hive just be careful going up moonshine flats

backpacking
Sunday, July 15, 2018

Amazing views!!! Stayed the night in the meadows right next to a water source. If you plan on overnighting, there is a camp spot around 1.5 miles with a water source, we wished we would of camped here so that we dropped our packs before the real steep climb. Just wanted to add that in case anyone was looking! Overall an awesome, yet difficult hike. Make sure you cross the street to start the hike, there is a set of stairs that looks like the trail by the parking lot and it is not apart of this trail.

hiking
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Perfect day to be on a mountain. This trail is overgrown in parts, but it’s still easy to follow. Wildflowers are really blooming right now, as well as salmon berry and huckleberry. Easily the best smelling trail I’ve been on! Mainly in Forrest most of the way with some spots you break out into beautiful meadows with steep slopes all around you. Moonshine Flats is a great spot to camp if that’s your plan. The first glimpse of the view you are in store for is when you hit the last big switchback getting to the summit ridge. Once you hit the summit, enjoy the incredible 360 views, along with lunch. I think this is more around 8 miles round trip however. But a beautiful hike. Highly recommend.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

I feel this should be rated higher than moderate. We loved the hike. Beautiful views. The brush is getting pretty thick in the higher parts.

hiking
Friday, July 06, 2018

This is a challenging trail but all that uphill work is definitely worth it in the end as the views at the summit are simply amazing. We went on a clear day and you can see the ocean off to the east, Lake Quinault down below, and Mt. Olympus to the north. There are a couple areas in the beginning where the trail was washed out from giant mud slides/avalanches, but there are cairns that people have set up to direct you back to the trail. Would recommend wearing pants because the plants along the trail the entire way up are growing onto the trail.

hiking
Monday, June 18, 2018

A good work-out of a hike, like a never-ending stair-master, but you end with absolutely stunning views! We brought our two pups and they really enjoyed it. Some obstacles like downed trees that we had to lift them over. A lot of rocky areas so recommend booties for your pups if they have sensitive feet. Start in a lush mossy fern forest and travel through sub alpine landscapes. Beautiful views of Mt. Olympus and the ranges, as well as Lake Quinalt. Recommend getting to the trailhead before 9 to beat the crowd, but overall not a popular hike like in other areas of the Olympics. Only passed a handful of people on the way down in the afternoon . Bring lots of water! Still small sections of snow around the last 800ft. Trekking poles worked well for us, as well as others.

hiking
Sunday, June 17, 2018

On a sunny views from the top are as good as they come! You have to earn it though as the trail is steep and rugged. At the first dry wash head straight across and a little to the right to rejoin the trail. Fletcher creek is currently too wide to cross without getting your feet a little wet. We encountered a non-trivial amount of snow between Moonshine Flats and the summit. We were happy to have micro spikes but saw other groups that had nothing and made it just fine. Post holing was not an issue.

hiking
Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Beautiful hike up. At least 4.5 miles to the top (listed distance is incorrect). Made for a longer day than expected. There are definitely some obstacles along the way and some heavy growth (downed trees and such) but not tough to get past. Snow up at the top and very happy that we had snowshoes as post-holing was a theme. Would recommend them now or crampons to get to the top.

hiking
Friday, October 06, 2017

Beautiful views. Tough hike, little rest while going to the top. Distance above is incorrect, it is at least 4 months to the top making 8+ miles round trip.

hiking
Monday, September 25, 2017

Nice little day trip, 4.5 miles from the car to the summit. Beautiful views all around at the top!

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