Full Trail to Colonel Bob Peak

  Adventuring up Colonel Bob Peak has been on my list for some time.  Colonel Bob Trail starts near Lake Quinault on the Olympic Peninsula and ascends to the area of several peaks that overlook the southern Olympic Mountains.  I put this hike off for several years, because it did not come very highly recommended by my peers; boy were they wrong. No car? A frugal hiker can access this hike with public transportation and walking the road from the bus stop.

  This walk has pristine views of the southern Olympic Mountains on a clear day.  There is also no real sign of man in the surrounding area on the landscape.  This is rare for how close it is to roads; giving you a real sense of wilderness.

  Colonel Bob can also be accessed from the Pete's Creek Trailhead on forest service roads.  This makes it popular by hikers in the summer months.  I feel by doing this, you cut the hike short in its full value.

 Back before I was born, the only way to walk up Colonel Bob was from Lake Quinault on the official trail.  To fully embrace this hike; one must come up the way the pioneers once walked.  By doing this you to have the adventure transition from lake, to old growth forest, sub alpine and finally mountainous.

Come along through photography and video.

Olympic wildflowers
Wildflowers in Quinault

Colonel Bob Wilderness
Colonel Bob Wilderness near Quinault, Wa

Mulkey Shelter
Mulkey Trail Shelter - not suggested for camping; because of limited sites and flat ground for tents.

Indian Paintbrush
Indian Paintbrush 

Colonel Bob Trial
Intersecting the Pete's Creek Trail

avalanche lilies
Avalanche Lilies

Olympic Mountains
Clouds roll through the area


Locus Gear Khufu

Barefoot Jake
Waiting for the clouds to break

barefoot jake
Sunset Selfie

olympic mountains

Amanda Park
Pacific Ocean views

Mount Olympus Olympic
Mount Olympus from the south

East Fork Quinault
East Fork Quinault Valley - views of Muncaster Mountain to Anderson Pass

Video of the adventure:

Related:  Day Hiking Colonel Bob Wilderness

Last updated by Barefoot Jake in May 2016