Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 23, 2019

Mt. Rainier Wildflowers 6/21/19

Mt. Rainier National Park reports

Currently Blooming

It may be officially summer, but mountain weather operates on its own schedule and subalpine areas like Paradise got fresh snow this week. Last week Avalanche lilies (Erythronium montanum) were featured. One reason this flower is among the first to bloom is because it is tough enough to withstand snow and cold temperatures. Snow in June? No problem for the avalanche lily, while other wildflowers have yet to emerge. (Watch the Mountain Moment: Avalanche Lilies video to see these wildflowers in warmer weather).

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
  • Trail of the Shadows, Longmire (6/16) – wild strawberries, lupine, star flower, foam flower, spring beauty, vanilla leaf, oregongrape, devil’s club, cow parsnip, big-leaved avens, pippsissewa
  • Longmire-Paradise Road (6/20) – cow parsnip, vanilla leaf, yarrow, Sitka valerian, Sitka mountain ash (early), goat’s beard (early), paintbrush, columbine, creeping blackberry, bear grass!, rock penstemon, glacier lily, avalanche lily, slender bog orchid, tall bluebell, Jeffrey’s shooting star, lupine
  • 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 (6/20) – cow parsnip, vanilla leaf, columbine, three-leaved anemone, bunchberry, tiger lily, lupine

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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