Discover Wildflowers

Rows of bright blue-purple penstemon wildflowes.
Penstemon wildflowers growing along the road to Sunrise.

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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.

Several spikes of bright yellow blooms cluster in the center of a plant with trailing branches covered in waxy-green toothed leaves.
Cascade Oregon-grape along the Trail of Shadows in Longmire, 5/31/23.

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Currently Blooming

Last Updated: June 1, 2023 - Check back for wildflower updates soon!

Welcome to wildflower season at Mount Rainier! We're still a long way from the subalpine meadows being free of snow, but early season wildflowers are blooming at lower elevations. Cascade Oregon-grape (Berberis nervosa) is common in areas like Longmire and Ohanapecosh where it lights up the forest with its spikes of bright yellow blooms. Look for it along the Trail of the Shadows in Longmire, where it is in full bloom currently.

NOTE: Always check current trail conditions before heading out!

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

  • Longmire (5/31) - wild strawberry, holly-leaf Oregon-grape, vine maplet
  • Trial of the Shadows (5/31) - large-leaf sandwort, coltsfoot seedheads, skunk cabbage (late), stream (yellow) violets, Alaska violet, salmonberry, lots of Cascade Oregon-grape!
  • Nisqually Entrance-Longmire Road (5/31) - lots of vanilla leaf, few Sitka valerian, coltsfoot seedheads
  • Longmire-Paradise Road (5/31) - vanilla leaf, few beargrass, some spreading phlox where snow is melting back from roadsides. Snow past Narada Falls!
Mountain Bog Gentian
Mountain Bog Gentian

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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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