Northwest Wildflowers

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Wildflower Destinations in the Pacific Northwest

Hells Canyon Area

bloomingBear Basin

Valley County, Idaho

Payette National Forest

Elevation: 5330'-5420'   Activity: drive + walking

Peak wildflower bloom at Bear Basin is typically from late May through late July, but there may be some flowers blooming from mid-May until the end of July.*

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bloomingBuckhorn Lookout

Wallowa County, Oregon

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

Elevation: 5200'-5331'   Activity: walking

Peak wildflower bloom at Buckhorn Lookout is typically from mid-May through mid-July, but there may be some flowers blooming from early May until the end of July.*

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not bloomingHeaven's Gate Lookout

Idaho County, Idaho

Nez Perce National Forest

Elevation: 8136'-8429'   Activity: hiking

Peak wildflower bloom at Heaven's Gate Lookout is typically from late June through early August, but there may be some flowers blooming from early June until the end of August.*

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bloomingHells Canyon

Wallowa County, Oregon

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

Elevation: 1495'-2268'   Activity: drive + hiking

Peak wildflower bloom in Hells Canyon is typically from early April through early June, but there may be some flowers blooming from late March until late June.*

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Photo albums: 2021

bloomingHells Canyon Scenic Byway

Wallowa County, Oregon

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

Elevation: 2278'-6113'   Activity: drive

Peak wildflower bloom along Hells Canyon Scenic Byway is typically from mid-May through mid-July, but there may be some flowers blooming from early May until the end of July.*

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bloomingKleinschmidt Grade & Council-Cuprum Road

Adams County, Idaho

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

Elevation: 1710'-5036'   Activity: drive + hiking

Peak wildflower bloom at Kleinschmidt Grade & Council-Cuprum Road is typically from mid-April through mid-June, but there may be some flowers blooming from early April until the end of June.*

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Photo albums: 2021

bloomingPittsburg Landing

Idaho County, Idaho

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

Elevation: 1500'-4300'   Activity: drive + walking/hiking

Peak wildflower bloom at Pittsburg Landing is typically from early April through the end of May, but there may be some flowers blooming from mid-March until mid-June.*

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bloomingScabland Sagebrush Site

Adams County, Idaho

Payette National Forest

Elevation: 4430'-4570'   Activity: walking

Peak wildflower bloom at Scabland Sagebrush Site is typically from mid-April through mid-June, but there may be some flowers blooming from early April until the end of June.*

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bloomingZumwalt Prairie

Wallowa County, Oregon

Nature Conservancy

Elevation: 2200'-5200'   Activity: drive + walking

Peak wildflower bloom at Zumwalt Prairie is typically from early May through early July, but there may be some flowers blooming from mid-April until the end of July.*

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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.