Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 15, 2019

Mt. Rainier Wildflowers 6/14/19

Mt. Rainier National Park reports

Currently Blooming

Avalanche lilies (Erythronium montanum) are an early-season wildflower. Their flowers have white petals with yellow at the center, distinguishing them from the entirely-yellow flowers of glacier lilies. Avalanche lilies are currently blooming along Stevens Canyon Road near Reflection Lakes, but they are common in many subalpine areas in the park. Watch the Mountain Moment: Avalanche Lilies video for a preview of these wildflowers.

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.

Wildflower Reports

  • Stevens Canyon Road, east to west (6/14) – wild strawberry, paintbrush, vanilla leaf, columbine, three-leaved anemone, lupine, goat’s beard, bear grass, Oregon sunshine, thimbleberry, penstemon, yarrow, subalpine daisy, avalanche lily, sitka valerian, sitka mountain ash, tall bluebells, phlox, Jeffrey’s shooting stars
  • Longmire-Paradise Road (6/13) – lupine, Jeffrey’s shooting star, bear grass, penstemon, paintbrush, sitka mountain ash
  • White River Road (6/14) – wild strawberry, vanilla leaf
  • Wonderland Trail Cougar Rock to Carter Falls (6/12) -vanilla leaf, stream violets, trillium (fading to pink), Calypso orchids, penstemon, avalanche lily
  • Nisqually Entrance to Longmire (6/6) – vanilla leaf, cow parsnip (early), three-leaved anemone, Piper’s anemone, big-leaved avens, bunchberry, columbine, tall bluebells, lupine
  • Longmire (6/6) – yellow violets, wild strawberry, Cascade oregongrape, heartleaf twayblade, mitrewort, salmonberry, slender bog orchid, bunchberry, three-leaved anemone, bear grass, alumroot, starflower, foam flower (early)

Wildflower Photos
The photos featured here are usually taken by park staff and volunteers from all over the park. Share your own wildflower photos in the Mount Rainier Flickr group! Higher resolution versions of wildflower photos are available on Mount Rainier’s Flickr page.

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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