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.
Last Updated: September 13, 2018
Wildflower season is reaching its natural conclusion… berries! Some berries are tasty treats for hungry hikers, but not all berries are edible for people. Make sure you know the identification of any berry before eating it. (Note: Up to one gallon per person per day of berries may be collected for personal use.) Many animals depend on berries and seeds for food for winter. Some berries even survive to go on to become new plants!
Wildflower Reports - Check back Summer 2019!
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: September 13, 2018