Description - The Hood Canal General Forest Area encompasses the North Fork Skokomish River and its tributaries that eventually flow into the canal. First Divide lies at the head of this valley and Sixth Ridge and the Sawtooth Mountains containing it on the west and east respectively.
- The area includes several trails of varying lengths that wind through montane and subalpine forests. Also within this area is the Staircase Ranger Station, Picnic Area and Campground. South of the National Park boundary is the Olympic National Forest, Lake Cushman and Lake Cushman State Park.
Recreation - Recreation opportunities in this general forest area are vast. Along the many miles of trails visitors can enjoy hiking, backpacking and horseback riding. Fishing is popular in the many waterways and Lake Cushman. The other facilities in the area encourage camping, picnicking and nature study.
Climate - The Hood Canal area lies on the leeward side of the Olympic Mountains. It receives far less precipitation than the western slopes of the range. The climate varies due to the range of terrain present in this area. The Staircase Ranger Station lies at 850 feet, but the high points of the Hood Canal General Forest Area reach nearly 6,000 feet.
This area lies in the southeastern corner of Olympic National Park immediately north of Lake Cushman. County Road 44 and Forest Road 24 lead to this area from the Olympic Highway.