Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 3, 2019

Mt. Rainier Wildflowers 8/2/19

Mt. Rainier National Park reports

Currently Blooming

Subalpine meadows throughout the park are hitting peak bloom! From Deadhorse Creek Trail in Paradise to Palisades Lake Trail at Sunrise, numerous wildflowers are blooming and filling meadows with color. Another popular and easily accessible destination for wildflower viewing is Tipsoo Lake. Please remember to stay on trails to protect these delicate plants. There are plenty of opportunities for the perfect mountain + wildflower photo from the trails! of cloves, are often buzzing with bees, hover flies, and other pollinators.

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

  • Sunrise (8/1) – Silver Forest Trail: gray’s lovage, scarlet paintbrush, pasqueflower seedheads, sickle lousewort, Cusick’s speedwell, small-flowered penstemon, subalpine daisy, Cascade aster, tiger lily, pussypaws, smooth mountain dandelion, spreading phlox, thread-leaved sandwort; Sunrise to Forest Lake (via Huckleberry Creek Trail): bistort, sitka valerian, gray’s lovage, arnica, pink mountain heather, white mountain heather, elephant head, Jeffrey’s shooting star, Cusick’s speedwell, mountain laurel, beargrass, lupines, magenta paintbrush, subalpine buttercup, sitka mountain ash, avalanche lily, Cascade asters, subalpine daisy, sickle lousewort, pasqueflower seedheads, bird’s beak lousewort, yarrow, agoseris, pearly everlasting, harsh paintbrush, phlox, tolmie’s saxifrage, partridgefoot, small-flowered penstemon
  • Longmire (7/31) – rattlesnake plantain, salal, foam flower, pipsessewa, pathfinder, wall lettuce, berries: red huckleberry, trailing blackberry
  • Paradise (7/31) – Jackson Visitor Center to Myrtle Falls: gray’s lovage, arrowleaf groundsel, broadleaf arnica, pink mountain heather, magenta paintbrush, America bistort, bear grass, sitka valerian, subalpine daisy, sitka mountain ash, rosy spirea, bracted lousewort, Cusick’s speedwell, Jeffrey’s shooting star, pasqueflower seedhead; Deadhorse Creek Trail:, lupine, pink mountain heather, Jeffrey’s shooting star, bracted lousewort, arnica, magenta paintbrush, arrowleaf groundsel, American bistort, cinquefoil, subalpine daisy, sitka valerian, white mountain heather, bracted lousewort, sicklehead lousewort; Alta Vista Trail: avalanche lily, lupine, pink mountain heather, Jeffrey’s shooting star, bracted lousewort, arnica, magenta paintbrush, Cusick’s speedwell, partridgefoot, bistort
  • Snow and Bench Trail (7/31) – rosy spirea, sitka valerian, lupine!!!, bistort, scarlet and magenta paintbrush, subalpine daisy, false hellebore
  • Nerads Fall (7/31) – fleabane, foam flower, bracter lousewort
  • Tipsoo Lake (7/28) – lupine, bistort, magenta and scarlet paintbrush, arnica, sitka valerian, bistort, pasqueflower seedheads, subalpine daisy, partridgefoot, pink mountain heather

See photos at Mount Rainier Flickr group!

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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