Northwest Wildflowers

Wildflower Destinations > High Cascades (Oregon)

Hand Lake Meadows

Lane County, Oregon

Willamette National Forest

Fees: none

Activity: walking

Elevation: 4800'-4850'

Current status (as of 4/19/24): not blooming

Notes: There's a short trail to Hand Lake, but the meadows around the lake are oddly lacking in floral diversity. The best place to find wildflowers is in the meadows right next to the road.

Peak wildflower bloom at Hand Lake Meadows is typically from mid-June through the end of July, but there may be some flowers blooming from late May until late August.*

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.