Northwest Wildflowers

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Klickitat desert parsley

Swale Canyon/Klickitat Trail

Klickitat County, Washington

Washington State Parks

Fees: none at Harms Road; Discover Pass required at Wahkiacus

Activity: walking/biking/hiking

Elevation: 550'-1560'

Current status (as of 4/13/24): blooming

Notes: If you want to cover a lot of ground on the Klickitat Trail, bring your bike — but be prepared for a very bumpy ride. (And watch out for rattlesnakes.)

Peak wildflower bloom in Swale Canyon/Klickitat Trail is typically from late March through April into late May, but there may be some flowers blooming from early March until early June.* (In 2024, things are running a little later than usual.)

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.