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Buckhorn Wilderness

Posted on Jun 3, 2024 in Washington's Wilderness Areas

Located in the northeast corner of Olympic National Forest, the 44,270 acre Buckhorn Wilderness stands divided into northern and southern portions by the Dungeness River and a parallel road. The Gray Wolf River flows through dense stands of old-growth in the smaller, northern portion. Glacier-carved valleys, and the deep canyon tributaries of the Big Quilcene River make the southern portion even more rugged than the northern. At higher elevations, subalpine fir and western white pine give way to alpine meadows of summer grasses and bright wildflowers.  

The Buckhorn Wilderness was protected in 1984 by the Washington State Wilderness Act. Washington Wild was founded in 1979 with the goal of building a local grassroots movement to protect Wilderness areas throughout Washington. After five years of advocacy and organizing, the Washington State Wilderness Act of 1984 marked the organization’s first major victory. 

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