Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 25, 2017

Mt. Rainier Wildflowers 8/24/17

Mt. Rainier National Park reports

Currently BloomingAugust 24, 2017

Late season wildflowers make the most of every day of sunshine before the fall rainy season. These arrowleaf groundsel wildflowers are blooming even as they start to go to seed. Pollinators like bees, butterflies, beetles, and other insects are also still active in the park’s meadows. This time of the year you might also start spotting some larger wildlife – like bears! (Remember to stay safe and give bears plenty of room).

Find a trail to explore Mount Rainier’s meadows!

Wildflower Reports

  • Paradise (8/21): arrowleaf groundsel, mountain bog gentian, pearly everlasting, paintbrush, Cascade asters, alpine daisy, rosy spirea, sitka valerian
  • 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

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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