The Dungeness area, on the northeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula, is the driest part of the forest. From the Dungeness River Basin to the heights of Buckhorn Wilderness this area provides access to easy day-hiking opportunities through groves of ancient conifers along the scenic Gray Wolf and Dungeness Rivers.
Adjacent to the northern section of Hood Canal, one of four natural main basins of Puget Sound, this area includes access to saltwater beaches, Buckhorn and The Brothers Wildernesses, and the Big Quilcene, Dosewallips, and Duckabush Rivers.
Along the southern portion of Hood Canal near Shelton and Hoodsport, WA, this area provides recreation opportunities near Lake Cushman, the Hamma Hamma and South Fork Skokomish Rivers, and provides access to Wonder Mountain, Mount Skokomish and the southern part of The Brothers Wildernesses.
High elevation lakes such as Elk, Jefferson, Lena, or Mildred Lakes provide opportunities for camping and fishing.
Encompassing a canopy of ancient Sitka spruce, Douglas fir, western red cedar, and western hemlocks this area showcases ancient temperate rainforest of the Olympic Peninsula. Towering giant trees cloak the fern and moss laden forest floor in an ecosystem that contains more biomass per acre than any other forest type.