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Mount Rainier wildflowers reach their peak

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Aug. 6, 2012 at 10:06 am with No Comments »
August 6, 2012 10:08 am
Lupine and American bistort provide a splash of color on a hillside at Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park. (Jeffrey P. Mayor/Staff writer)

I took the family and headed to Mount Rainier National Park Sunday, hoping to escape the heat that baked the Tacoma area.

For the most part we succeeded, finding great views and a cool breeze at Reflection Lakes.

During a stop at the Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise, I talked with Curt Jacquot, the west district area interpretive ranger.

He said that the park’s famed wildflowers have reached their peak and should remain so for the next few weeks.

We found a bank of fragrant flowers right across from the Paradise Inn entrance. A trip down the Paradise Valley Road was rewarded with splashes of white avalanche lillies and blue lupine. Along Stevens Canyon Road to Reflection Lakes we saw paintbrush in red, orange and magenta.

If you’ve been waiting for the snow to finally melt and the flowers to come out, the wait is over.

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