Buckhorn Wilderness

Olympic National Forest, Near Forks, Washington

Buckhorn Wilderness does not offer reservations through Recreation.gov. Please take a look at the area details below for more information about visiting this location. Enjoy your visit!


Buckhorn Wilderness is located in the northeast portion of the Olympic National Forest. A patented mining claim involving 216 acres of private land is within the Wilderness. This Wilderness encompasses 44, 258 acres and is the largest on the Olympic National Forest. It includes very steep terrain ranging in elevation from 1,000 feet near the Gray Wolf River, to the summit of Mt. Fricaba at 7,134 feet. Other major peaks include Buckhorn Mountain, 6,988', Iron Mountain, 6,950' and Tyler Peak 6,350'. Barren ridges and steep, rocky cliffs and peaks are common in the higher elevations.

Stands of old-growth Douglas-fir, western hemlock and western redcedar occur on the lower slopes. At the higher elevations, subalpine fir and western white pine give way to alpine meadows. The Gray Wolf, Dungeness and Big Quilcene Rivers are the major streams flowing through the Wilderness.

Please follow regulations and use Leave No Trace techniques to protect this unique area.

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