Mount Rainer's renowned wildflowers bloom for a limited amount of time every year. The "peak" bloom for wildflowers is heavily dependent on weather and precipitation patterns, so accurate predictions are difficult. In most years, many flowers will be blooming by mid-July, and by the first of August the meadows should be very impressive. Frost can occur by late August, but even after light frosts the meadows continue to be very beautiful, thanks to changing leaf colors and seed pod development that take the place of colorful blossoms.
Note: Wildflower updates for different park areas/trails can vary dependent on ranger activities and observations. Not all areas/trails will have wildflower updates, or be updated on a regular basis. Major areas of the park, such as Paradise, will have regular updates during wildflower season.
Updated: May 17, 2013. Subalpine regions are still snow covered. Spring vegetation is starting to fill in throughout the lower elevations in the park.
Wildflower Highlight of the Week
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 past wildflower highlights are available in Mount Rainier's Wildflower Highlights set on Flickr.
Updated: May 17, 2013
Did You Know?
At 14,410 feet, Mount Rainier is the highest peak in the Cascade Range. From various locations around the park you can see four other Cascade volcanoes: Mount Saint Helens, Mount Adams, Mount Baker, and Glacier Peak. On a clear day, you can see the tip of Mount Hood, in northern Oregon, from Paradise Meadows.