Mt. Rainier’s Wildflowers Making Their Colorful Debut

 Mt. Rainier, WA. – The Mount Rainier area was voted “Best Wildflower Spot in The United States.” And Mount Rainier’s wildflowers are now making their colorful bloom, welcoming park visitors with a vibrant display of color.

“Visitors travel from around the world to explore the mountain during wildflower season” said Dee Peterson, President of the Board of Directors of Visit Rainier. “The alpine flowers bloom at different elevations around the region at different times. Visitors can make several trips now through the early fall and see something new every time.”

While many people hike trails such as the Skyline Trail at Paradise or Summerland on the route to Sunrise, there are also several spots visitors 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 put them in the heart of wildflower meadows. Any of these sites are a good option for people of all ages, and physical abilities. makes it easy for visitors to enjoy wildflowers by offering links to a wildflower identification guide and wildflower reports. In addition, Visit Rainier will be tweeting (#wildflowerwatch) and posting Facebook and blog updates on what’s blooming and where. The site also provides a list of the Top 10 Wildflower Hikes around the mountain, offers live views from 14 webcams and provides trip planning tips. Links are here:

Wildflower overview:

Top 10 Wildflower Hikes:

Mt. Rainier Wildflower Identification Guide:

New Summer Vacation Planners:

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

Visit Rainier is a nonprofit, 501c6 organization that partners with regional businesses and is a collaborative partner with the National Park Service. Visit Rainier offers vital travel information to local, national, and international visitors by promoting tourism to Mt. Rainier National Park and the gateway communities surrounding it.

Q: If it’s a cloudy or foggy day should I still go visit the wildflowers when they are blooming? 

A: Yes! In fact sometimes the fog and clouds bring out the colors and provide a misty moody ambiance that is very pretty.

A misty wildflower meadow at Mount Rainier National Park