Dungeness - Marmot Pass Loop (Backpacking) Professional Review and Guide
"When Olympic National Park was established in 1938, its boundaries were rather arbitrary, usually following neither recognizable natural features nor any other discernable pattern. As a result, some of the region’s most spectacular wildlands, which should logically have been included in the park, were left out of the protected zone.
One such area is now preserved in the Buckhorn Wilderness, which abuts the northeast boundary of the national park. Here the traveler will discover spectacular alpine ridges, rugged peaks, clear streams, acres of wildflowers, and superb views that are nearly the equal of anything in the park itself. Unlike in the park, however, here the hiker will encounter fewer restrictions on travel, can obtain a permit for free, and generally see fewer people. This loop explores the best of this wilderness and includes a terrific side trip to even more wonders just over the border in Olympic National Park."