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 - Septermber 7, 2017
Summer fades too quickly! Some wildflowers like yarrow, pearly everlasting, cascade aster, and mountain bog gentian bloom into autumn, but most plants are shifting into fall colors. Check back in summer 2018 for next season's wildflowers!
Find a trail to explore Mount Rainier's meadows. Bear sightings become more common in late summer/fall - remember to stay safe and give bears plenty of room!
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 7, 2017