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Steep and rugged route to summit of Colonel Bob.


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8.2

Miles

13.2

KM

Out and Back

4,134' 1,260 m

High

1,083' 330 m

Low

4,089' 1,246 m

Up

4,087' 1,246 m

Down

19%

Avg Grade (11°)

161%

Max Grade (58°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Road to trailhead is not maintained in winter.

Overview

Follow Pete's Creek Trail to the junction with the Colonel Bob trail. Take the Colonel Bob Trail to the summit of Colonel Bob.

Description

After about a mile, cross Pete's Creek. The trail soon becomes more challenging as it heads up the western flank of Gibson Peak. Cross a large slope and enjoy views of the Humptulips Valley.

At the junction of the Colonel Bob Trail #851, continue uphill along the trail making quick switchbacks along the wooded west flank of Gibson Peak until you enter the beautiful meadows of Moonlight Flats, the headwaters of Fletcher Canyon. This area would be a lovely campsite for backpackers.

After passing this last water source, the trail climbs up to Quinault Ridge in earnest. Follow the trail to the rocky summit and enjoy the 360-degree views.

Flora & Fauna

Lots of wildflowers in the avalanche paths and when you reach the meadows.

Contacts

Shared By:

Maura Treaccar

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Colonel Bob's Peak.
May 2, 2017 near Quinault, WA

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