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

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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.

Blue lupine and red paintbrush fill the subalpine meadow with color.

Blue lupine and red paintbrush fill the subalpine meadows at Paradise with color. Taken from Alta Vista Trail.

NPS/Hayley Edmonston

Currently Blooming - August 18, 2014

Paradise is in peak bloom right now, with a wide variety of blooming wildflowers filling the meadows with color. Sunrise meanwhile is mostly past peak, though some wildflowers are still blooming along the road to Sunrise.

Wildflower Reports
  • Tipsoo & Naches Peak (8/1): Tipsoo: not quite peak, but with sitka valerian, lupine, magenta paintbrush; Naches Peak: avalanche lilies, pink & white mountain heather, lupine, magenta paintbrush, arnica, columbine, harebell, false hellebore, sitka valerian, rosy spirea
  • Pinnacle Peak (8/3): avalanche lilies, sitka valerian, magenta paintbrush, bracted lousewort, lupine
  • Sunrise (8/4): Sunrise Rim to Shadow Lake: cascade aster (peak), subalpine daisy (peak), gray's lovage, sitka valerian, lots of paintbrush, coiled-beak lousewort, bracted lousewort, elephanthead; Silver Forest: starting to move past prime, but with lots of asters and paintbursh; Fremont: looking nice with paintbrush, cascade asters, harebell, heather, small-flowered penstemon, dwarf lupine, rosy spirea; Sourdough Ridge: hellebore, rainiera, arrowleaf groundsel, paintbrush; Burroughs: lots of fleeceflower and pussypaws, but past season for phlox and moss campion.
  • Longmire (8/4): alpine microseris, foam flower, salal, candy flower (miner's lettuce), yarrow, devil's club berries
  • Tipsoo (8/7): partridge foot, false hellebore, indian paintbrush, pink mountain heather (late), bistort, arnica, rosey spirea, lupine (late)
  • Burroughs (8/8): northern goldenrod (peak), yarrow (peak), colied-beak lousewort (peak), alpine aster (past peak), alpine lupine (past peak), magenta paintbrush (past peak), partridgefoot, creeping phlox (a few remaining patches), silverleaf luina, pussytoes, alpine buckwheat, Flett's groundsel, alpine microseris, shortbeaked agoseris, slender mountain sandwort
  • Fremont (8/9): alpine aster, northern goldenrod, shrubby cinquefoil, Scotts bluebell, dwarf lupine, shortbeaked agoseris, alpine collomia, alpine buckwheat, Parry's silene
  • Berkeley Park (8/10): Gray's lovage, Canby's lovage, sitka valerian, coiled-beak lousewort, American bistort, yarrow, subalpine daisy (late peak), pink monkeyflower (peak), arrowleaf groundsel (peak), false hellebore, sickletop lousewort, broadleaf lupine (some small patches), elephant head (mostly past), birdbeak lousewort (mostly past), leafy aster (early), sitka burnett, yellow willowherb, yellow monkeyflower, partridgefoot, gentian (early); showy fruits: cotton grass, leatherleaf saxifrage
  • Paradise (8/15): paintbrush, pearly everlasting, lots of asters, lots of lupine, rosey spirea, pink and white heather, penstemon, yarrow, lousewort, thistle, fleabane, phlox, bluebells, pasqueflower, cinquefoil, sitka valerian, false hellebore, American bistort, broadleaf arnica
 

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
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.

Did You Know?

Northwest face of Mount Rainier and Emmons Glacier as seen from Sunrise.

Mount Rainier is the most heavily glaciated peak in the lower 48 states at 35 square miles of snow and ice with Emmons Glacier being the largest by surface area with 4.3 square miles of ice. The Emmons is best viewed from Sunrise on the NE side of the mountain.