Colonel Bob Wilderness Trail - Closed
and impassible for almost 5 years. Cluttered with over a mile of
mature blown down trees and uprooted landscapes. Regulations have
prevented any removal of timber or trail repair. With the weight of
these stacked giants, hillside erosion is imminent and will only get
worse. Many of the grand stands of our old growth forests are
approaching the end of their life span. Strong winds and heavy rains
unfortunately can cause devastating affects on these natural
landscapes. Leaving these areas un-maintained is harmful to the
environment, our watersheds and wildlife. Millions in board feet of our
states most valuable un-logged resources are lost due to laws that
prohibit its removal. Replanting is also prohibited. These resources
are to rot in our forests and after many decades hopefully reseed
no solution for maintaining a healthy living-forest.
Colonel Bobs 11,961 acres was added by the wilderness act in 1984 when
they grabbed this area for the spotted owl controversy. Locals at that
time were promised jobs maintaining our trails, campgrounds and
existing access roads etc. No jobs
Locals Work Hard Reopening A
Blocked Access Trail
We were told
tourism would serve our economy well with Colonel Bob
being the major attraction in Quinault.
Reaching to the heights of this breath taking journey above the clouds,
is something everyone should be able to experience. Maintainence is
important! It should be a MAIN priority in the Quinault area. Visitors
and locals alike are
awed by its beauty. ACCESS DENIED
recieves no welcome from either!
Todd, Doug and Andy
outsources only basic minimal small trail repair to Volunteer Youth
Many hiking trails into the wilderness areas, like the one above,
currently remain closed or in bad need of repair.
Below is a testimonial from hiking advocate Doug Lisherness of Quinault.
"Here in the South-West
corner of the Olympic Park we have lost quite a few trails. I have been
on bits and pieces of most of these trails. What happened? Maybe some
of the old timers can shed some light on their demise.
Pyrites creek trail, Rustler creek
trail, Promised creek trail, Howe creek trail, Litchy creek trail,
Tshletshy creek trail. I’m sure there are more, thanks to Olympic
National Park. Col Bob Trail closed for almost five years.
Wilderness in action...Had we only realized the true effects of the act
then and what is possibly coming down the road".
Below is one of many sections of
the blowndown timber littering the south Quinault Ridge
Once Labeled Wilderness: No Clean-Up
and No Replanting is Allowed.
Our resources are wasted and should be
allowed to be saved.
Wilderness is no answer for maintaining a healthy living forest
There was no promise that this trail would be repaired
anytime in the near futureover that 5 year period.
With a “no chainsaws in the wilderness”
the feat was impossible. No permit was issued for the temporary use of
power saws to get the job done. DENIED!
in July 2011, the forest service brought in some out of the area
volunteer crosscut saw enthusiasts and gave them the go ahead to cut
through the trail. They worked hard and looked like they were having a
great time doing it. According to Washington Trail Association
website, just the crosscut saws getting stuck and time freeing
them greatly limited the progress they had planned on making. The group
finally admitted that they might never get through the masses.
Forest Service with a quick response, went through the efforts to get a
temporary chainsaw permit issued, so the crosscut sawyers could
continue up the trail and actually make some progress with chainsaws.
Would forest service get a permit and hire the jobless from our local
community? who were promised these paid jobs as they became available?
NO! Another free-bee for the forest service and broken promise to the
local workforce by the federal government.
The evironmental party
was scheduled to continue work with chainsaws in Aug and Sept 2011 and
didn’t expect to have the trail open for another year or more. WOW!
A Congress that wouldn't listen when a
paying job was mentioned.