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.
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.
Currently Blooming - Updated July 22, 2016 Subalpine meadows like Spray and Seattle Park are reported to have a great diversity of wildflowers beginning to bloom from early season avalanche and glacier lilies to penstemon and paintbrushes. This is also a good year for tiger lilies, which are blooming widely across the park. Tiger lilies take three to five years to mature and begin blooming, with distinctive drooping yellow flowers with dark spots.
Sunrise (7/7) - western spring beauty, valerian, magenta paintbrush, harsh paintbrush, glacier lily, avalanche lily, penstemon, speedwell, cinquefoil, buttercup, marsh marrigold, pasqueflower, pink heather, bracted lousewort, American bistort, broadleaf lupine, cascade aster, Lewis monkeyflower (White River), low and elegant jacob's ladder, tall bluebells, mountain monkeyflower (Fremont), partridge foot, smooth mountain dandelion, spreading phlox, subalpine buckwheat, western columbine
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.
Plan Your Visit
Paradise andSunrise 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.
(360) 569-2211 Callers to this general park line can choose from a menu that includes recorded information as well as opportunities to talk to a ranger at one of the park's administration or visitor centers. Rangers are only available to answer calls during business hours.