Top Spots To See Spring Wildflowers Near Seattle

May 7, 2016 5:00 AM

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While Washington may be known as the Evergreen State for its dense tree forests, it’s also a popular place to go hiking in spring and summer to view the vast number of wildflowers in bloom. You can take a day trip to a few locations near Seattle and hike trails that feature an array of colored wildflowers, such as daisies, tulips, lilies, violets, lavender and meadows of heather.
Mount Rainier National Park
55210 238th Ave. E.
Ashford, WA 98304
(360) 569-2211
www.nps.gov

Within Mount Rainier National Park, you’ll find several popular hiking trails that are accessible in spring and summer that contain many different blooming wildflowers. Paradise’s meadow trails near the mountain’s primary visitor center features a peak blooming season by July. Types of wildflowers you can view along these popular trails include tiger lilies, azure lupine, Indian and scarlet paintbrush and subalpine daisies. The Sunrise trails also have pink and white heather meadows, glacier lilies, asters, Jacobs ladder and the sweet-scented Valerian.

Olympic National Forest
Hood Canal Ranger District – Quilcene
295142 Hwy. 101 S.
Quilcene, WA 98376
(360) 765 2200
www.fs.usda.gov

The Olympic National Forest is located across the Hood Canal Bridge to the west of Seattle. Hiking around Mount Townsend in the Hood Canal Ranger District of the national forest, you can find breathtaking wildflowers including the chocolate tiger lily, Indian paintbrush and many others that offer a burst of color in spring and summer. This hike equals a little more than eight miles altogether, so be sure to wear your most comfortable walking or hiking shoes.

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Snoqualmie Region — Snoqualmie Pass
69805 S.E. Snoqualmie Pass Summit Road
North Bend, WA 98045
(425) 434-6111
www.fs.usda.gov

Just east of Seattle in the Snoqualmie Pass region is the Ira Spring hiking trail. This hike is about six miles in length and leads hikers to sparkling alpine waters of Mason Lake. The lush greenery surrounding you includes a variety of different wildflowers, such as tiger lilies, lupine meadows, paintbrush and blooming trillium.

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Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park
18201 S.E. Cougar Mountain Drive
Bellevue, WA 98027
(206) 296-0100
www.kingcounty.gov

If you live near or are traveling north of Seattle, stop at the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park in Bellevue. This regional park offers more than 36 miles of hiking trails and an abundance of wild blooms and interesting smells as well. Blooming trillium and salmonberries draw the hummingbirds like crazy, while the skunk cabbage gives off a smell you won’t soon forget, but is also strikingly beautiful to look at because of its lily-like blooms.

North Cascades National Park
810 Route 20
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284
(360) 854–7200
www.nps.gov

The North Cascades National Park in and around Sedro-Woolley, Washington, is made up of over a half-million acres of land. In the lower elevations of the national park, wildflowers bloom as early as March, while higher elevations experience the most blooms from August through September. The picturesque pallette of wildflower colors come from exceptional species such as alpine asters, evergreen violets, tiger lilies, fireweed, pipers bellflowers, fairyslippers, common camas and meadows of pink mountain heather.

Related: Best Places To See Spring Flowers In Seattle

Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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