Steep, adventurous, bush whacking day. Tremendous views from the summit. Wasn't on our list during this Olympic National Park trip but an excellent recommendation in from a ranger in the national forest service office in Quinault. Awesome hike.
The current SP page mentions about the trail leading to the summit of Colonel Bob, when in reality it only leads to the former lookout site. The true summit of Colonel Bob is on the next hill to the east, and is all off-trail with steep meadows and scrambling. With that said, I went to both locations and the views are definitely much better from the LO site.
Great all around view.
After not making it in May, 2009 (snow too steep for my new puppy, Luna), went back on Independence Day 2012 with Luna and met up with friends, Grant and Nina. Had breakfast at Lana's in Hoquiam and then hiking by 9:40 am. At the pass, Nina decided not to continue as she had a race the next day and didn't want to overdo it today. Due to heavy snow in the basin, Luna stayed behind with her while Grant and I slogged up the softening snow. I actually took my axe out and used microspikes. How is there this much snow still on a 4500 foot mountain? Many feet still. We summitted as the clouds parted and enjoyed a warm summit with views to the Pacific. Was back in Portland in time to watch fireworks!
Short, stout and fun hike. We camped at a small snow-melt pond and nearly caught hypothermia from a quick but cold plunge, Sat around in our sleeping bags with a roaring fire afterwards.
Celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary with a weekend at Lake Quinalt Lodge. We really enjoyed exploring this area. Nice hike with beautiful views.
I climbed Colonel Bob with my sister and cousin last August. It was a tough hike but if you're in shape it's really not too bad. Gorgeous view of Lake Quinault from the summit. According to a couple we ran into at the top if it's clear you can see the ocean. Unfortunately, there were some wild fires in Canada affecting visibility.
Climbed this with friends first time in 1992, climbed again in August of 1994, Attempted in November of 1994 but too much snow.
Attempted again in March of 1996 but still too much snow. Started walking in circles (never a good sign) so we turned back. Ended up with partial frostbite on my feet on this trip. Last summit was done on August 16, 2002 with my wife, Kenzie who wasn't my wife yet at the time.