Northwest Wildflowers

Wildflower Destinations in the Pacific Northwest

Select a region below, or view the bloom status map to see every location on an interactive map; or you can view all of the places in one very long list. Most of the places shown here are hikes, but some of them are short easy walks, and some are driving routes.

Coast & Coast Range Olympic Peninsula Willamette Valley & Puget Sound North Cascades Central Cascades South Cascades Central Washington Eastern Washington Western Gorge Eastern Gorge Western Cascades Oregon Cascades Central Oregon Eastern Oregon Southern Oregon/Siskiyous Northern California Coast & Coast Range Olympic Peninsula Willamette Valley & Puget Sound North Cascades Central Cascades South Cascades Central Washington Eastern Washington Western Gorge Eastern Gorge Western Cascades Oregon Cascades Central Oregon Eastern Oregon Southern Oregon/Siskiyous Northern California

The Pacific Northwest wildflower season generally starts in February, but some of the first flowers of the "new year" actually come up in December and January. The best place to see the earliest flowers in February and March is the eastern Columbia River Gorge; next up are the lower elevations of eastern Oregon and eastern Washington. In April and May, the lower elevations west of the Cascades (the western Gorge, the Coast, the Willamette Valley, and the Rogue Valley) join the show, and the flowers welcome the spring sun on the steppes of the Columbia Plateau and the high desert of Central Oregon. When summer arrives, it becomes all about snow melt and elevation, and the flowers move up the slopes of the mountains from June through August.