Colonel Bob Peak (Pete's Creek)


Day Hike - Colonel Bob Peak (Pete's Creek)

Conditioner: Preference to Oly BC / AS students until 3/17/18 5:00pm, then open to all. This hike was previously rescheduled due to conditions. This is a Mentored Hike Lead for Katja Hurt

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  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 8.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,500 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 4,510 ft
  • Pace: 1,000 ft/hr

6:30 AM Haggen's - West Olympia (Cooper Point Rt) for carpooling


8:30AM at trailhead

This is a conditioner for Oly BC/AS students.  However, after 3/17 at 5:00pm, it will be open to all.

I thought it would be fun to do a "non-traditional" conditioner location rather than the same old Mt. Rose or Mt. Si hikes!  This should be a really cool hike on the southwest side of the Olympics that doesn't get explored very much.  Our goal is to get to the lookout tower at the top of Colonel Bob.  In addition to the conditioner requirement, it is also a hike in the Group One Patch of the Mountaineers Olympia Look Out Hiking Peaks.

The goal is to get 3,000 ft in 3 hours to meet conditioner course requirements.  I like to go at a moderate pace which is fast enough to keep the heart pumping (1,000 ft/hour) but not so fast that we can't actually enjoy ourselves.  I try to take one layer break at 15 minutes and then hourly short breaks for snacks.  Since these are winter conditions, you will need to bring the microspikes and snowshoes.   Remember that students need to carry 25lbs to qualify and I will bring the pack scale.  Bonus points goes to the participant who brings the mini watermelon to share at the top.

This hike was previously rescheduled due to weather conditions.  Mt. Rose/Mt.Si/Mt.Washington (Snoqualmie) are possible alternates if conditions make this hike unsafe and/or extremely unpleasant.    This is also the mentored hike lead for Katja Hurt so she can move through the hike leader process.


Colonel Bob Peak (Pete's Creek)

  • Green Trails Lake Quinault No. 197

    Green Trails Grisdale No. 198

    Custom Correct Quinault-Colonel Bob
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
  11. Definitely microspikes... plan on bringing the snowshoes as well... a decision about snowshoes to be made closer to the date.
  12. 25lbs of weight for conditioner students.  Recommendation: Extra water that you can dump out at the top.
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