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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 Nature trips Bird watching Forest River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Over grown Rocky Scramble Snow
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Nikki Jurasin
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Another great backpacking trip with some friends for Labor Day weekend. Weather was beautiful made it to Moonshine Flats with our heavy load in 4 hours, during our hike about 2.5 miles in or so there was a yellow jackets nest on the ground next to the trail so beware of that. Lots of other bugs too. The next morning we woke early to see the beautiful sunrise at the top of Colonel Bob. There was no visible sign of the Elk carcass on the way to the top. Last day, our trek back down took us about 2 hours with trekking poles (highly recommended for going back down) & lots of water unless you have a water filter, you can refill down by the creek @ Moonshine flats All in all it was a great trail to hike.

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Michael Langley
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HikingRockyScramble

A challenging but rewarding hike. Epic views at the top. Be warned there was a recently killed Elk Carcass only a few feet from the trail about a 1/3 mile from the peak, just past Moonshine Flats as of (8/24/20) and bear scat as well. Terrible smell. Wear a mask. You can't see it until you're on right top of it.

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Lane Cobb
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HikingBugsOver grown

Lots of bugs for the first mileish (especially in the parking lot). It looks loke the trail is closer to 6.5 miles now roundtrip (not sure if this is due to rerouting). A few diverging trails around the first plateau and creek but stick to Alltrails and you'll be on the easiest one. Gets steep after the creek. Views at the top make it worth it.

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Alexander Shurygin
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Boris Gurman
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Matt Blystone
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Claudia Wildmann
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HikingBugsOver grownRocky

Amazing - but really challenging. Went there on a Thursday - didn’t bump into more than 15 people during the whole day and was alone on the summit. Bugs are a nuisance on the way up, but okay at the top. Bring plenty of water - you’ll need it. No water in the creek right now, so don’t worry about that. Path is partially overgrown - but there was a group out starting maintenance and cleaning our. Views are spectacular!! Took me approximately 2:45h up (one 15min break) and 1:30h back down... recommend poles!

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Jerrmaine Treadwell
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HikingBugsOver grown

We hiked on a Saturday, not bad! only 10 cars at the trailhead. The peak is also accessible by a trail coming from Lake Quinault so, hard to know how many folks will be up there. Beautiful, sunny day. Mosquitoes not bad, some biting flies, didn't need bug spray. Hike up seemed more gradual than expected, though the last mile definitely seemed a bit more challenging. Berries galore, thimble berries still mostly in flower but should be ready in a couple weeks! Not a ton of room at the top of there are other people, but there are side peaks you could scramble to for more solitude. Definitely worth the climb!

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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.

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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!

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Douglas Prout
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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!

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