Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 10, 2017

Mt. Rainier Wildflowers 8/9/17

Mt. Rainier National Park reports

These late summer days can be hot and dusty, dulling even the most vibrant wildflowers. Instead of the peak of the day, have you tried viewing wildflowers in the morning or evening hours? Longer shadows can add drama to a scene, and cooler air is refreshing for both flower and flower-seeker. (Plus, early or late hours can make it easier to find a parking spot.)

Find a trail to explore Mount Rainier’s meadows!

Wildflower Reports

  • Paradise (8/6): Trails in Peak Bloom: Nisqually Vista (open Fri-Sun), Golden Gate, Myrtle Falls, west Skyline, lower Deadhorse Creek, Moraine, East Skyline to Mazama Ridge, Mazama Ridge
  • Sunrise (8/6): Trails in Peak Bloom: Berkeley Park, Sunrise Rim to Shadow Lake, Glacier Overlook
  • Paradise Valley Road (8/1): sitka valerian (peak!), magenta paintbrush, scarlet paintbrush, columbine, thistle, lupine, Cascade aster, alpine aster, alpine daisy, arnica, arrowleaf groundsel, gray’s lovage, bistort, early: sitka mountain ash, false hellebore, rosy spirea, pearly everlasting,
  • Berkeley Park (7/25): lupine, magenta paintbrush, sitka valerian, bistort, pasqueflower seedheads, bracted lousewort, elephanthead, tall bluebells, arnica, subalpine daisy

Plan Your Visit

Paradise and Sunrise are two of the main visitor center areas at Mount Rainier National Park. Both areas are well known for their impressive wildflower meadows. The park also maintains dozens of trails perfect for wildflower viewing.

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