Discovering Wildflowers at Mt. Rainier

Discovering Wild Flowers at Mt. Rainier(peak season)
Beautiful wildflower meadows at Mount Rainier,is just the sight you don’t want to miss this summer. Wildflowers bloom for a very limited time starting somewhere in the mid July to early August.We decided to drive to Mount Rainier last weekend to see the wild flowers and gaze at the majestic Mount Rainier and do some trails.

By the time we reached near Paradise it was 2 in the noon since there was a road work from Longmire to Paradise and it was cloudy and we could not see the Mount Rainier at Paradise spot.

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Majestic Mount Rainier!
Majestic Mount Rainier!

However we took the Myrtle falls trail and a few other trails to enjoy the sight of wildflowers.Try not stamping the fragile wildflowers, be on the trail path all time. On our way back out through reflection lake we could finally see Mount Rainier.

Sitka Valerian Wildflower.
Sitka Valerian Wildflower.

Things to keep in mind,so that you enjoy your visit:

  • Make sure the weather conditions are favorable.
  • There is road work ahead: Longmire to Paradise, be prepared for some traffic all along the way.
  • Try to reach the Paradise spot sooner, to find parking spots near Paradise or else you would be wasting a lot of time to find a spot.
  • Try to reach in the early hours of the morning so that you can enjoy the hike and there would be less people too.
  • Try to reach Paradise and try to avoid the tourist spots on the way such as Narada Falls and others, so that you reach soon and find a parking.You can cover those on you way back out.
  • If its hot, make sure to keep your hat.
  • Put on your hiking shoes.
  • Keep water bottles and some energy bars for the trails.
  • Prepare to have no phone network.
  • The one time pass which is valid for 1-7 days is 25 bucks for one Passenger car.
  • Charge you cameras to capture the nature at its best.
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Here are some pictures of the Subalpine wildflowers which we sighted all along the trail path.
Pink Mountain Heather

Pink Mountain Heather Wildflower.
Pink Mountain Heather Wildflower.

Avalanche Lily at Reflection Lake

Avalanche Lily Wildflower
Avalanche Lily Wildflower

American Bistort

American Bistort Wildflower.
American Bistort Wildflower.

Sitka Mountain Ash

Sitka Mountain Ash Windflower.
Sitka Mountain Ash Windflower.

Sitka Valerian

Sitka Valerian.
Sitka Valerian.

Broadleaf Arnica

Broadleaf Arnica.
Broadleaf Arnica.

Magenta Paintbrush 

Magenta Paintbrush Wildflowers.
Magenta Paintbrush Wildflowers.

Some pictures of Forest Wildflowers:
Slender Bog Orchid

Slender Bog Orchid Wildflower

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If you want to know more about these extravagant flowers you can always pick up the identification books which are available for purchase in the visitor Information centers.(Both in sunrise and Paradise information centers)

 

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