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).
Colonel Bob Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Dan A. Nelson, Best Hikes with Dogs: Western Washington (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--Douglas Lorain, Top Trails: Olympic National Park and Vicinity (Wilderness Press).
"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."
--Craig Romano, Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition (The Mountaineers Books).
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