Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 14, 2012

Washington State Wildflower Bloom – Updated 8/14/12

Updated 8/14/12

Washington Trails Association continues to post many hike reports.  Here are some quotes from ones posted the last two days that mention wildflower bloom

Lookout Mountain Lookout (near Marblemount) — Aug 14, 2012 — North Cascades — North Cascades Highway

In the meadow the wildflowers were exploding with color.

Tonga Ridge / Mount Sawyer — Aug 14, 2012 — Central Cascades — Stevens Pass – West

The wildflowers up to Mt Sawyer are amazing and the views beautiful…..If it is flowers you want with little effort, this is the trail.

Minotaur Lake, minotaur — Aug 13, 2012 — Central Cascades — Stevens Pass – East

The meadow is beautiful with flowers and even a couple huckleberries

Skyline Trail Loop, Golden Gate — Aug 13, 2012 — Mt. Rainier — SE – Longmire / Paradise

I thought the flowers were about at their prime. From gentians between the trail head parking and the visitor center, to marsh marigolds and shooting stars, and on to fresh pasque flowers and glacier and avalanche lilies…. had not seen pink lupines before, they were a treat. Another surprise was watching the marmots sprawl out on the snowfields to chill out.

Skyline Divide — Aug 13, 2012 — North Cascades — Mount Baker Highway

Meadows shimmer with colors, awash in wildflowers.

Fremont Lookout — Aug 12, 2012 — Mt. Rainier — NE – Sunrise / White River

the meadows were beautiful with blooming wildflowers and there were reports of bears in the valleys.

Mount Dickerman — Aug 12, 2012 — North Cascades — Mountain Loop Highway

This hike was amazing. A few words that come to mind when looking back on this hike are: wildflowers, 360 views, switchbacks, amazing. A few words that do not come to mind about this hike are: easy, level, populated.
Coming out of the forest you are once again greeted with a break taking view of Big Four and the surrounding ranges. This is where the wildflowers begin. There are places from here to the summit that smell as powerful as a floral shop with the fragrances of flowers.

Melakwa Lake — Aug 12, 2012 — Snoqualmie Pass — Snoqualmie Pass

Some wildflowers — pearly everlasting, columbine, tall bluebells, penstamon, sitka valerian, wild strawberry, a few queen’s cup and even one lone, lingering tiger lily.

Skyline Divide — Aug 12, 2012 — North Cascades — Mount Baker Highway

Once you reach the clearing, wow, you are greeted by the expanse of Baker, fields of wild flowers and views as far as you can see

Dewey Lake, Dewey Lake — Aug 11, 2012 — South Cascades — Chinook Pass – Enumclaw or Hwy 410 area

The wildflowers are putting on a fantastic display right now. The only wildflower I know that we didn’t see was shooting stars. We saw avalanche lilies, tiger lilies, elephant heads, and a lot more.

Sheep Lake and Sourdough Gap — Aug 11, 2012 — South Cascades — Chinook Pass – Enumclaw or Hwy 410 area

Incredibly beautiful wildflower meadows right now: blooming are lupine, Indian paintbrush, false hellebore, columbines and more. We heard or saw 13 different bird species, 4 deer, chipmunks and pikas.

Northern Loop Natural Bridge — Aug 11, 2012 — Mt. Rainier

the wildflowers were out, the currents were ripe

McClellan Butte — Aug 11, 2012 — Snoqualmie Pass — Snoqualmie Pass

Trailside highlights were wildflowers (digitalis, daisies, trillium, lupine, columbine, and others) and ripe berries (salal, snowberries, blueberries)

Lower Big Quilcene River — Aug 11, 2012 — Olympics — East

Red & blue huckleberries are ripe,as are salmonberries. Several flowers in bloom, but this isn’t anything like the flower hike that its counterpart, Upper Big Quil offers.

Lake Ingalls — Aug 11, 2012 — Snoqualmie Pass — Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

here are many varieties of wildflowers blooming, but they tend to be smaller than the same species in the North Cascades probably because of the drier climate.

Paradise Glacier — Aug 11, 2012 — Mt. Rainier — SE – Longmire / Paradise

Lots of avalanched lilies on their way out. There are patches of lupine, lousewort, paintbrush, asters, etc, but they are few and far between. Nothing like the blankets you would hope to see. Still, the flowers that are out are prime.

The best flower display IMO is higher up along the Paradise Glacier trail. Only a couple of snow patches on the trail.
The meadows around Paradise are also early. Lots of lupine around the parking lot, but not much of anything up higher yet, including around Edith Creek.

Grand Park — Aug 11, 2012 — Mt. Rainier — NE – Sunrise / White River

The flowers are in full beautiful bloom!

Kendall Katwalk — Aug 11, 2012 —Snoqualmie Pass — Snoqualmie Pass

After 2 1/2 miles the wildflowers jump out at you as you traverse the switch back up to Kendall Ridge. Phlox, tiger lily, daisy, bisort, columbine, bluebell, monkhood, and lots of lupine & paintbrush are present.

Summerland, summerland — Aug 11, 2012 — Mt. Rainier — NE – Sunrise / White River

Hiked with my 7yo daughter. The trail was beautiful and uneventfull till the meadows (around 2.5 miles into the hike). The meadow is full of blomming wildflowers.

Lake Janus and Grizzly Peak — Aug 11, 2012 — Central Cascades — Stevens Pass – East

 The plants along the way were great. Still some Red Columbine, lots of Lupine, and some Pink Monkey Flowers, among others. No ripe blueberries or huckleberries, though.

See the many hike reports at Washington Trails Association: Trip Reports

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