• Mount Rainier peeks through clouds, viewed across subalpine wildflowers and glacial moraine.

    Mount Rainier

    National Park Washington

Discover Wildflowers

Penstemon growing along the road to Sunrise.
Penstemon wildflowers growing along the road to Sunrise.
NPS Photo

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.

For a better idea of what the wildflowers are doing this year, please see the Currently Blooming section below, which summarizes what's blooming where.

Explore further:

  • Wildflower Guide - Unfamiliar with Mount Rainier's wildflowers? Photos and brief descriptions of some of the common wildflower species can be found in the park's online wildflower guide.
  • Subalpine and Forest wildflower photo galleries
  • Wildflower video gallery - Preview Mount Rainier's blooming wildflower meadows by watching these short clips.

Fall colors and bear grass seed heads along the trail to Bench and Snow Lakes.

Fall colors and a variety of wildflower seedheads are just a few of the sights to still see in the park as we head into Autumn. Photo taken along the Bench & Snow Lakes trail near Paradise, on September 12, 2014.

NPS Photo.

Currently Blooming - Check back in Spring 2015

The wildflowers may be fading, but there is still plenty of fall color in the subalpine meadows around Paradise! Join Ranger Maureen McLean as she shares some of the secrets of autumn meadows, from tasty treats to tipsy wildlife, in the latest Ranger Brief video.

Wildflower Reports
  • Wildflower Reports will return next spring, 2015!

Mountain Bog Gentian

Mountain Bog Gentian

NPS Photo

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.
Tiger Lily

Tiger Lily

NPS, Chris Roundtree

Plan Your Visit
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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