Discover Wildflowers

Rows of bright blue-purple penstemon wildflowes.
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.
  • Wildflower photo galleries - Collections of subalpine and forest wildflowers.
  • Wildflower video gallery - Preview Mount Rainier's blooming wildflower meadows by watching these short videos.
  • The Seasons of Mount Rainier - View short videos of different plants found in various parts of the park.
  • Ecological Restoration - Watch short videos about the Ecological Restoration program's work in the park.

 
Colorful purple, yellow, and white flowers fill a green meadow on a rocky slope.
Blooming subalpine wildflowers along Owyhigh Lakes Trail, 7/25/20. See the "Wildflower Highlights" album below for additional photos of current conditions.

NPS/M. Schmitt Photo

Currently Blooming

Last Updated: July 31, 2020.
NOTE:
Due to COVID-19 constraints, regular wildflower reporting is limited, but reports will be posted below when possible.

Wildflower conditions vary widely in different areas of the park. Paradise area still has some lingering snow, with early season wildflowers like avalanche lilies blooming. East side areas are melting out faster, with trails like Owyhigh Lakes boasting impressive displays. Many roadsides have numerous wildflowers beginning to bloom.


Please stay on the trails. As snow melts away, it may be tempting to skirt remaining patches of snow that are covering trails. However, by going off trail you are walking on and damaging the wildflowers that you may be coming to see! It is better to stay on the trail even if that means crossing snow, particularly in the high-visitation meadows around Paradise and Sunrise. Also, there are plenty of opportunities for the perfect mountain + wildflower photo from the trails! No need to step off trail and crush other flowers in your quest for the perfect shot.

 

Wildflower Reports

  • Paradise Area Trails (7/31) NOTE that many trails still have snow cover!
    • Lakes Trail (Mazama Ridge): a perfect place to see Pasqueflower blooms, as well as Avalanche lilies and some stubborn late-July snowpack! Poles recommended when ascending the switchbacks past 4th Crossing.
    • Deadhorse Creek Trail: Avalanche lilies galore, especially on the portion of the trail nearest the lower Paradise parking lot. Broadleaf Arnica, Sitka Valerian, and Magenta Paintbrush also plentiful.
    • Alta Vista Trail: Cinquefoil, buttercup, Sitka Valerian, and Glacier Lilies. Use caution around snow on the upper portion of the loop.
    • Skyline Trail (Muir steps to Glacier Vista): Mountain heather, Green false hellebore, lupine, Pasqueflower blooms and seedheads. **Note that hiking the full Skyline loop is still NOT recommended due to lingering snow; avoid the Eastern Skyline portion beyond Panorama Point for another couple of weeks.
    • Golden Gate Trail: look for Sitka Valerian and some remaining Pasqeflower blooms.
  • Eastside Roadways to Sunrise (7/30)
    • Upper elevations of SR 123 going North: Arnica, goatsbeard, tiger lilies, lots and lots of ox-eye daisies, cow parsnip, harsh paintbrush, lupines, columbine, asters, pearly everlasting
    • From SR123/410 Junction to SR 410 North: Similar species, as well as groundsel
    • Upper elevations of Sunrise Road: Lupines, harsh paintbrush, pearly everlasting, Arnica, Gray’s lovage, Sitka Mountain Ash, Valerian
    • Sunrise Point to Sunrise: Asters, lupines, daisies; Fields of lupine!
  • Owyhigh Lakes Trail (7/25): lupine, broadleaf arnica, magenta paintbrush, pasqueflower seedheads, columbine, Sitka valerian, bracted lousewort, subalpine daisy, bistort, arrowleaf groundsel, yarrow
  • Longmire-Paradise Road (7/24): tiger lily, goats beard, scarlet paintbrush, magenta paintbrush, lupine, sickletop lousewort, tall bluebells, slender bog orchid, subalpine daisy, broadleaf arnica, cow parsnip, thistle, bear grass, Sitka mountain ash, Sitka valerian
  • Paradise Valley Road (7/24): avalanche lily (lots!), Sitka valerian, magenta paintbrush, Nelson's brook saxifrage, hooker's willow, maple-leaved currant, pink mountain heather
  • Tipsoo Lake (7/22): early season with snow melting out, avalanche lilies, pasqueflowers
  • Ohanapecosh (7/21): Foam flower, Twin flower, Pathfinder, Pipsissewa, Common self-heal (along Nature Trail), Philadelphia fleabane (along Nature Trail), Salal, Indian pipes - just emerging, Fringed pine sap - just emerging, Oregon grape - unripe berries,Red huckleberries - ripe & unripe fruit
  • Eagle Peak Trail (7/19): At lower elevations: Twin flowers, Salal, Canadian dogwood/bunchberry, Pink wintergreen (few), Pipsissewa (few), Lesser/snowline wintergreen (few), Rattlesnake plantain (few), Oregon grape - unripe fruit, Coral root, Indian pipe - just emerging, Beargrass (few), Queen's cup; Near the 2-mile bridge: Valerian, Beargrass, Coral root, Huckleberries, Foam flower, False hellebore - leaves only, Vanilla leaf (few), Lupines (few), Beargrass (few), Lupines (few), Avalanche lilies (few), Yellow violets; Along the scree slope: Lupines, Beargrass (few), Valerian, Arnica, Pink mountain heather, Spreading phlox, Tiger lilies, Columbine, Gray's lovage, Sitka mountain ash (few); In trees/near snow: Avalanche lilies - large patches!!, Valerian, Lupines, Beargrass (few), False hellebore leaves, Yellow violets; Switchbacks below saddle: Bracted lousewort, Valerian, Beargrass, Spreading phlox, Arnica, False hellebore leaves, Bistort, Lupines, Alpine pennycress, Cusick's speedwell, Columbine, Thistle, Asters, Subalpine fleabane, Pink spirea, Harsh paintbrush, Smooth mountain dandelions, Lomatiums; At the saddle: Spreading phlox, Yellow penstemmon, Stonecrop, Avalanche lilies, Penstemmons, Pink mountain heather, White mountain heathe, Lomatiums
 
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.

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.

 

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