The University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812
The Colonel Bob Wilderness now contains a total of 11,961 acres and is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. All of the wilderness is in the state of Washington.
Public land becomes wilderness through legislation passed by the United States Congress in the form of public laws. For the Colonel Bob Wilderness, this process began in 1984 when 12,120 acres were designated by Public Law 98-339.
The Colonel Bob Wilderness is part of the 106 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. This System of wild lands contributes significantly to the ecological, economic, and social health of our country. Wilderness provides clean air and water, a shelter for endangered species, sacred places for indigenous peoples, a living laboratory for research, and a classroom for exploring personal values while experiencing risk, reward, and self-reliance. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities like hiking, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, horse packing, bird watching, stargazing, and extraordinary opportunities for solitude.
Maximum group size is 12 persons. Campfires are prohibited above 3,500 feet elevation, stoves only. Northwest Forest Pass is required on all vehicles parked at Forest Service trailhead.
Leave No Trace principles:
- Plan Ahead and Prepare
- Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
- Dispose of Waste Properly
- Leave What You Find
- Minimize Campfire Impacts
- Respect Wildlife
- Be Considerate of Other Visitors
Map + Directions
Located on the Pacific Ranger District, Olympic National Forest on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. Three miles west of Quinault Lake.