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Bird Creek Meadows (Mt. Adams)

Yakima County, Washington

Yakama Reservation & USFS

Fees: NW Forest Pass (South Climb Trailhead), or $20 day-use fee (Yakama Nation)

Activity: hiking

Elevation: 5560'-6510'

Current status (as of 6/17/24): not blooming

Notes: Bird Lake, Crooked Creek, and Hellroaring Canyon are on Yakama Nation land. The Bird Lake area is only open to the public in late summer, and a $20-per-vehicle day-use fee is charged for access; in 2023, the open dates are July 26 through September 7. (It is not clear whether it is legal to hike in from the South Climb trailhead, which is in Gifford Pinchot National Forest.)

Peak wildflower bloom at Bird Creek Meadows is typically from mid-July through the end of August, but there may be some flowers blooming from early July until mid-September.*

Typical year:

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* The dates given on this Web site for each location's blooming season are only estimates and can vary from year to year. Weather conditions in the winter and spring can shift these dates by up to a month, especially in the mountains. For the latest updates, check the Oregon Wildflowers or PortlandHikers Facebook groups, or browse the most recent postings to iNaturalist or Instagram.