Northwest Wildflowers

About the Maps & Profiles

All of the "place" pages on this web site have a map, and most also have an elevation profile — but not all maps are created equal. This page lays out what to expect.

Destination icons

All of the maps have a star icon () which corresponds to that place's point on the bloom status map. It isn't always the high point or the end point of the trail, but it's usually either a summit, a pass, or a place with nice wildflowers.

Hiking maps

Most of the places detailed on Northwest Wildflowers are hikes or walks, with either one or two trailhead icons (). If there are two trailheads, then you can start from either one — or do a shuttle or hike-'n'-bike.

If a hike is a simple out-and-back (not a loop), then the elevation profile usually shows a one-way trip, and only half of the total round-trip distance. For loops and lollipops, the full profile is generally shown. Note: Many places have multiple trails, and the maps shown here are only suggestions. There may be longer or shorter alternate routes available.

There are a few locations whose maps have no trailhead or profile, because there are either no defined trails (e.g., Kingston Prairie, OR), or a huge network of trails (e.g., Echo Ridge, WA). Choose your own adventure.

Driving maps

If the trailhead's "P" icon is replaced by a car icon (), that means that it's a "wildflower drive" rather than a hike. These are places where you're likely to see a lot of flowers along the road, and there are often lots of places to stop and hike or walk around, either with or without formal trails.

Exporting GPS data

To export the track and trailheads from any map on Northwest Wildflowers, click on the menu icon () in the upper right corner of the map, and then "Export selected map data." You can choose to export the data as GPX, KML, or plain text.