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Colonel Bob Wilderness

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The United States Congress designated the Colonel Bob Wilderness (map) in 1984 and it now has a total of 11,851 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Washington and is managed by the Forest Service. The Colonel Bob Wilderness is bordered by the Daniel J. Evans Wilderness to the north.


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.

Planning to Visit the Colonel Bob Wilderness?

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.
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
For more information on Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.

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