Colonel Bob Trail

Colonel Bob Wilderness Area, Washington

Elevation Gain2,096ft
Trailhead Elevation2,859ft
Elevation Min/Max2859/4488ft
Elevation Start/End2859/2859ft

Colonel Bob Trail

Colonel Bob Trail is a hiking trail in Grays Harbor County, Washington. It is within Colonel Bob Wilderness Area. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 2,859 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,096 feet. The trail ends near Colonel Bob (elevation 4,318 feet).

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Western Washington (The Mountaineers Books)
Dan A. Nelson
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"Starting near sea level (trailhead elevation is a mere 230 feet), the Colonel Bob Trail climbs endlessly through deep old-growth forests, small forest clearings, and alpine meadows to provide stunning views of the Quinault Lake basin from the 4510-foot summit of Colonel Bob Peak." Read more
Top Trails: Olympic National Park and Vicinity (Wilderness Press)
Douglas Lorain
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"The summit of Colonel Bob is easily the best trailaccessible viewpoint in the western Olympics. That is not to say, however, that Colonel Bob is easily accessible by trail. It’s a tough climb, but this just makes the rewards at trail’s end that much more satisfying. And what rewards! Views from this high, rocky perch extend well out over the Pacific Ocean, down to the shimmering blue waters of Lake Quinault, and north to the icy mass of Mount Olympus. When you throw in additional vistas that include hundreds of rugged ridges and canyons in all directions, then you have a view that is well worth all that sweat." Read more
Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano
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"This challenging hike leads through miles of towering old-growth forest to a prominent peak on the western edge of the Olympic Mountains. From its aerie summit more than 4000 feet above the Quinault Valley, stare down at shimmering Lake Quinault. And when cloud cover is scarce you can see from Mount Olympus to the Pacific. Closed for several years due to a massive windfall, this trail is once again open thanks to the Washington Trails Association. And who was Colonel Bob? Colonel Robert G. Ingersoll was a Civil War veteran, politician, orator, and free thinker who never stepped foot on this peak." Read more

Colonel Bob Trail Reviews

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Numerous logs across the trail make this a very tricky hike. It was a little like bouldering.
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Backpacked in and stayed at Moonshine Flats overnight. They mean it on this one when they say strenuous, it's all uphill for 7 miles to the peak, and was rough on our muscles and knees both directions. There are at least 20 trees down over the trail that you should be prepared to climb over and under. Beautiful forests though, a few great views, and enough water to purify as you go. Heard elk, saw grouse and lots of slugs. The view from the top of Colonel Bob Peak was well worth it- 360 degrees of Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, Lake Quinalt, the ocean, and the Olympics.

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Trail Information

Colonel Bob Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Colonel Bob Wilderness Area
Skill Level
Additional Use
Views, Wildflowers
Olympic National Forest, Pacific Ranger Station, Quinault
Local Contacts
Green Trails Grisdale No. 198, Custom Correct Quinault–Colonel Bob
Local Maps

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Dec 2018