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 links to a wildflower identification guide and wildflower reports.  In addition, Visit Rainier will be tweeting (#mtrainierwildflowers), 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 and offers live views from 14 webcams around the mountain.   Links are here:

Reports from Crystal Mountain Resort on the north side of the mountain indicate flowers are beginning to bloom there, just in time for opening weekend of the resort’s summer season.

“Part of what makes wildflower season so exciting is different flowers bloom at different elevations around the mountain at different times.  Because of the high elevation and the resulting short growing season, wildflowers are on the fast track, quickly emerging from the ground, blooming and then go to seed, all in just a few short weeks.  A person could make several trips throughout the season and see something new every time,” said Nelson.

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 folks 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 folks of all ages, and physical abilities.