Located in the southwest corner of the Olympic National Forest near Quinault Lake. Towering evergreens and an emerald carpet of mosses, ferns, lichens, and wildflowers all characterize the temperate rain forest. Annual rain fall averages over 120 inches. The terrain is otherwise steep, rising suddenly from the Quinault River to gain more than 4,000 feet in little over a mile. Marking the center of the area is 4,492-foot Colonel Bob, the second highest point in the Wilderness (after a 4,509-foot peak that has no name). Two relatively parallel ridges join near the Colonel to continue southwesterly with a ragged profile. Several creeks run off the crest of the ridge either north to meet the Quinault River or south to meet the Humptulips River. Both waterways lie outside of the Wilderness. Magnificent solitude fills cliff-sided Fletcher Canyon as it drops away from the summit of Colonel Bob toward the northeast. Colonel Bob Trail climbs steeply from the northern boundary to the top of Colonel Bob past the juncture with the Petes Creek Trail , which runs down Petes Creek and out of the area in a southerly direction.
Leave No Trace
How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Colonel Bob Wilderness.
Digital and paper maps are critical tools for wilderness visitors. Online maps can help you plan and prepare for your visit ahead of time. You can also carry digital maps with you on your GPS unit or other handheld GPS device. Having a paper map with you in the backcountry, as well as solid orienteering skills, however, ensures that you can still route-find in the event that your electronic device fails.
Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is generally prohibited in all wilderness areas.
This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters.
Washington State Wilderness Act of 1984 - Public law 98-339 (7/3/1984) To designate certain National Forest System lands in the State of Washington for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System, and for other purposes.