Northwest Wildflowers

Wildflower Destinations > Washington Cascades (Central)

Van Trump Park (Mt. Rainier)

Pierce County, Washington

Mt. Rainier National Park

Fees: National Park Service & timed-entry reservation

Activity: hiking

Elevation: 3625'-6925'

Current status (as of 4/13/24): not blooming

Notes: This is the hike for people who want to explore Mt. Rainier without getting trampled by tourists. The flowers in Van Trump Park aren't as spectacular as at Paradise, but the crowds are minimal.

Peak wildflower bloom at Van Trump Park 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:

Featured plants: Empetrum nigrum, Pedicularis rainierensis

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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.