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HikingGreat!

Found a pair of jabree wireless headphones, left them at the start of the trail under one of the overhang signs. Also there was no road closure today

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Morgan Burrows reviewed Colonel Bob Trail
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Hiking

Not as wet and “rainforest” like as we were wanting. Beautiful old growth and moss though!

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Tiffany Rietveld reviewed Skyline Ridge Trail
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BackpackingGreat!No shadeRocky
First to Review

For a primitive trail it was in really great shape. Saw 20 bear!

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Brianna Casimir reviewed Colonel Bob Trail
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BackpackingBugsGreat!Rocky
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Alejandro Uvence reviewed Colonel Bob Trail
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Hiking

Did this as a day hike, pretty brutal but rewarding. A little overgrown in some areas on the way up but not too bad. Stopped to check out all the various types of mushrooms and munch on the variety of wild berries, sooooo good. Probably better for backpacking but possible as a full day hike.

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HikingBugsGreat!Muddy

A nicely maintained trail with a few stretches of strenuous climbing and downhill navigation through muddy water streams. We only hiked up to the O’Neil Creek campground, which was marked as 6.5 mi on the trailhead but AllTrails recorded closer to 15mi for the out and back journey so be prepared to push a little further than expected. However once we arrived we were able to sit down and have a nice lunch by the river before heading back. Bugs were a minor irritation along the way but manageable. Be mindful of animal droppings on the trail. Views from both Pony Bridge and Graves Creek Bridge are impressive! Would love to return and make it all the way to Enchanted Valley as a multi-day overnight trip.

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HikingBugsGreat!

First, the mileage on all trails is off according to the parks map (and my feet). The map of the park puts it at about 57 miles. I did it in 5 days and 4 nights. Incredible views coming up the passes. Bring bear spray.

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Hiking

Very pleasant hike. Started Sat evening at 4 p.m., reached the chalet at 8:30 p.m. Returning back to the TH on Sunday took just as long as the hike out. After Pony Bridge, our feet were in a lot of pain, so the last 2.5 mi back to the TH seemed interminable.

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BackpackingGreat!

Hiked to O’Neil creek then did day hike to EV. Blue skies and hot temperatures, incredible views. Amazing how much the landscape changes over the 13+ miles to EV.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 15, 2020
Hiking

This is easily the best hike I’ve ever taken. We took 7 days to stay within our ability. The forest from start to enchanted valley is unlike any I have seen before. “This is truly a rainforest” we thought. Pyrites camp was nice enough and very close to the quinault for water or bathing. Unfortunately we were met with a heat wave for days one and two, which killed our morale and endurance. This was especially apparent on the hike from pyrites to Siberia. Brutal switchbacks after you cross the turn for O’Neill pass. Siberia was a meh campsite with NO OBVIOUS WATER. You can hear heavy water flowing, but you would have to descend a cliffside to get to it. If you hike a bit past the camp, you can hear a ravine to your right which has good flow. The day hike to Anderson Glacier? We could have done without it. Moderately strenuous with little payoff. Maybe the lakes up there are more blue at a different time of day, but what we saw hiking there in the morning were dull ponds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ The hike through lacrosse basin from Siberia to Upper Duckabush was a highlight. Stunning views, and sudden stark biome changes. This was the most rugged part of the trip. Many fallen trees to climb over or under. Arriving at Duckabush was a nice moment. An inviting campsite along the river. After that was a short but steep hike to Marmot lake. The views from the campsite are breathtaking, and there is a lovely day hike to be made up to Hart Lake which is also beautiful. Marmot lake itself is very warm for a mountain lake and is a great place to swim and clean up a bit. In the morning, an unexpected treat greeted us in the form of a large black bear grazing about a football field away from our tent. It stayed there until we started our hike (which was quite a long time because we were so engrossed). He ran away once we started heading his direction on O’Neill pass. This was the highlight of the hike for me. We saw at least eight bears over the course of about 90 minutes - one closer than 30 feet. This was very cool for me, as I understand they are very shy. I felt very lucky. As if that weren’t enough, the mountain scenery was just unreal. I had the single most beautiful lunch of my life on the hike from marmot lake to enchanted valley via O’Neill pass. Unfortunately, after hitting the valley, the rain started. It didn’t end until we got in our car to head home. It was annoying, but not trip-ruining. We expected this, and were prepared. I feel sort of lucky that it hit us during the “back” part of the out n back portion of our hike. I can’t recommend this route enough. It is a suitable hike for focused/prepared beginners, which is how I would describe myself. Plan your food carefully and be ready for rain.

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HikingBlowdown

The trail is beautiful, taking you along the side of the Quinault river. You are always hiking in the shade and rarely you are exposed to the sun. We did spot a few deers at pyrites creek. Many were considerate and wearing masks on the trail which I liked! We planned this for 2 nights, and got the permit for camping at Pyrites Creek. Unfortunately, I got blisters on my feet on my first day hiking to pyrites creek, so I couldn’t hike into the valley the next day. Maybe next time! The park officials are diligently clearing the blowdown trees. A few of them were still on the trail.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 25, 2020
HikingBlowdown

The valley is a breath taking view! Unfortunately the valley took my breath away and my stability as I slipped in a hole and sprained my ankle! Thankfully an amazing park ranger named Matthew was nearby and jumped in to help! Hep used his own medical supplies and taped my ankle and helped escort me and my boyfriend all the way back out! It was a hard hike out but it definitely helped having a ranger with us! This place is magical and plan to hike it again and do it injury free!

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HikingBlowdownBugs

Review for those like me.. out of shape with bad cardio levels and overweight :) What a beautiful backpacking trip! The destination is amazing. There is however quite the steep entry and exit fee—in the form of a pretty gnarly hill both in and out. We did this as a 2 nighter. Day one we hiked to O’Neil creek campground and stayed the night there right off of the river. It felt good to crawl into the bag and pass out. Lots of ups and downs and a few blow downs. Day 2 we finished the hike into the valley. This portion of the hike, while it does have some hills is MUCH easier than the first part. The valley really is beautiful. I would have loved to have stayed 2 nights instead of one. Or at least 1.5 days in the valley and back to pyrites to cut the return trip down a bit. We woke up bright and early on day 3 and headed back out to get back to normal life. GPS showed it at just about 15.5 miles with trips to the river to water up. The trip back to O’Neil creek is pretty quick and fast and a good portion of the trail to make up some time. After that the trail has a lot of ups and downs culminating in the painful exit fee mentioned earlier. (The exit hill). Every time you turn a corner and see there is more hill —just let out a little scream, take a few breaths and be like the sloth—slow and steady wins the race Take breaks when needed, stay hydrated and this hike is accessible and worth it. The most enjoyable part of the hike was taking a nap trail side and just enjoying the scenery. Saw one bear, about 30 head of elk and a grouse (maybe) and it’s babies.

Kicked my booty !

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