Here is the latest wildflower update, put together by Tara Callaway, an
interpretive ranger at Mount Rainier National Park.
Also, in Sunday’s Adventure section – on the back of the SoundLife section – we’ll offer some tips on wildflower hikes people can take at the park.
“Wow! The trails have melted extremely fast in the subalpine this last week. If you visit Sunrise or Paradise, there are many early blooming wildflowers on the higher elevation trails that have just melted out like the pasqueflower, avalanche lilies and glacier lilies. You can also view mid-season bloomers like bracted lousewart, speedwells and daisies on the lower elevation trails near the parking lots and visitor centers.
“In the forest, the blueberry and huckleberry plants have already begun growing their fruits. Pipsissewa was seen blooming all over the Cougar Rock campground (extremely beautiful flower).”
Recommended trails for wildflower viewing:
- Fremont Lookout (Sunrise)
- Tolmie Lookout (Mowich)
- Shriner Peak trail (Ohanapecosh)
- Snow and Bench Lake (Paradise)