Encompassing some 1,480 sq km of old growth forest, the wilderness of Olympic National Park is never less than spectacular. Strolling trails through dense groves of spruce and fir, their branches dripping with moss, is the only way to see it. However, the park is huge and has plenty of entry points. To the north-west, Hoh is the most popular of its temperate rainforest areas, with trails to its Sol Duc falls often packed in summer. At peak season, you’re better off heading south to Quinault or to the lesser seen Queets rainforests. Lake Quinault Lodge makes a great base and is wrapped by short, accessible trails. For more of a challenge, the hike from Graves Creek to the Enchanted Valley offers a dramatic overnight return, while Tommy Farris of Olympic Hiking Co (hikeolympic.com) runs multi-day guided treks between Hoh and Quinault that leave the crowds far behind. You could also make for the west coast, where a strip of the park brushes up against the shore at Rialto Beach and its huge sea stacks are battered by the Pacific swell. It’s one of the state’s most breathtaking sights.