Buckhorn Wilderness

Area Status: Open
Buckhorn Wilderness

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.

Mt. Tyler in Buckhorn Wilderness Goat Lake in Buckhorn Wilderness. Charlia Lakes in Buckhorn Wilderness Buckhorn, Iron Mountains from Marmot Pass

At a Glance

Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply
Passes: Some trailheads require a valid recreation pass. Check the Recreation Passes and Permits page for details. 
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Hood Canal Ranger District- Quilcene

General Information


This Wilderness is located in the North Hood Canal (area is unavailable) areas on the northest portion of the Olympic peninsula.

Trails that access Buckhorn Wilderness

Topo Maps

Tyler Peak USGS Quad or Buckhorn Wilderness Custom Correct map.

Download free U.S. Forest Service Topo maps.

Buy maps online

Go to the National Forest Store.


Go to Wilderness.net for online maps and other important Wilderness information.


Day Hiking

Over 58 miles of trail provide access to this Wilderness.


Over 58 miles of trail provide access to this Wilderness.

Horse Riding

Over 58 miles of trail provide access to this Wilderness.

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  • Recreation Passes