While areas around Paradise still have large patches of snow along and on the trails, it seems wildflowers at Sunrise and Mowich Lake are starting to bloom.
That’s the report from Lou Whiteaker, plant ecologist at Mount Rainier National Park. He said it will still be another week or two before the flowers really begin to bloom.
He passed along this report, compiled by another staffer at the park:
Great area of the week: The Mowich area has fields of avalanche lilies blooming in Spray Park. Around Mowich lake, there are great patches of Jeffrey’s shooting stars.
The Sunrise area has several snow-free trails with wildflowers blooming in open meadows.
The Paradise area has a lot of snow still. There are short trails that visitors can take to view wildflowers and meadows like Myrtle Falls and Avalanche Lily trail.
My co-worker, Craig Hill, hiked up to Panorama Point late last week and said there were few flowers blooming. Looking at his photos, there was quite a bit of snow on the trail not too far from the trailhead.
Recommended trails for wildflower viewing: Sunrise Rim Trail (Sunrise), Spray Park trail (Mowich), Shriner Peak trail (Ohanapecosh)