Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 18, 2017

Mt. Rainier Wildflowers 8/17/17

Mt. Rainier National Park reports

Currently BloomingAugust 17, 2017

Most subalpine meadows are past peak bloom, however that does not mean there are no wildflowers! Many later-season wildflowers like pearly everlasting, rosy spirea, and arrowleaf groundsel are still blooming well. While there are many yellow wildflowers in the park, arrowleaf groundsel (Senecio triangularis) is one of the easiest to identify for its toothed arrow-shaped leaves. It’s also tall for a wildflower, reaching up to 5 feet, and often found growing in large patches along water sources.


Find a trail to explore Mount Rainier’s meadows!

Wildflower Reports

  • Spray Park (8/10): arrowleaf groundsel, fireweed, grays lovage, tall larkspur, alpine aster, lupine, magenta paintbrush, pink mountain heather, bistort, bracted lousewort, mountain bog gentian, slender bog orchid, saxifrage
  • Mowich Lake (8/10): mountain bog gentian, grays lovage, alpine aster, arrowleaf groundsel
  • 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,

Please Note: As snow melts away, it may be tempting to skirt remaining patches of snow that are covering trails. However, by going off trail you are walking on and damaging the wildflowers that you may be coming to see! It is better to stay on trail even if that means crossing snow, particularly in the high-visitation meadows around Paradise and Sunrise.Plan Your Visit

 

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