Wildflower adventure on Rainier

MT. RAINIER – As the excitement of the Copper River salmon run wanes, it’s time to get excited about another season…wildflowers.

The Mt. Rainier area was voted “Best Wildflower Spot in The United States” and VisitRainier.com is making it as easy as possible for folks to enjoy them, by offering a wildflower identification guide, wildflower reports and a photo sharing contest.

“Wildflower season usually starts mid-July as the snow melt disappears,” said Mary Kay Nelson, executive director of Visit


“Different flowers bloom at different elevations around the mountain at different times,” she said.

 To maximize a visitor’s experience the Wildflower and Wildlife section on Visit Rainier’s website provides links to wildflower status reports, telling folks what is blooming and where; it provides a list of the Top 10 wildflower hikes around the mountain.

Wildflower seeds and window clings are offered to wildflower enthusiasts willing to share photos with Visit Rainier.

While many think of mesmerizing images on trails such as the Skyline Trail at Paradise or Summerland on the route to Sunrise, there are also several spots people can experience acres of wildflowers without even having to leave the car. The meadows around Tipsoo Lake at the top of Chinook Pass are easy to view from the road, as are the meadows surrounding the Sunrise and Paradise areas on Mt. Rainier. Crystal Mountain Resort’s Mt. Rainier gondola can whisk visitors up to 6,872 feet and place them in the heart of wildflower meadows. Any of these sites are a good option for all ages and physical abilities.

For more information on all there is to see and do at Mt. Rainier and its surrounding communities visit www.visitrainier.com.


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