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.
Currently Blooming - June 28, 2017
The snow is starting to creep back in the subalpine areas of the park! Many flowers are starting to bloom along roadsides and tomorrow the remaining closed roads, Sunrise Road and Mowich Road, open for the season (check spring opening status). From your vehicle, bear grass are common and easy-to-spot wildflowers. They have a single large stalk that is 1-5 feet tall topped with a cluster of white flowers. Take advantage of the many roadside pull offs to take a closer look at some of the less obvious road side wildflowers.
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.
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Last updated: June 28, 2017