“Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”
― Hans Christian Andersen
Entering the Mount Rainier National Park from Hwy 410 you will find two hiking trails, Tipsoo Lake and Naches Peak Loop Trail
. These trails not only have the most fantastic views of Mt. Rainier, but also will bring you into a wildflower paradise from the end of July through September.
The meadows are dotted with Indian Paintbrush, Red Columbine, Western Pasque flower, Bear Grass, Asters, Pearly Everlasting, Cow Parsnip, Lupine, False Hellebore and many more.
Since fall is beginning many of these flowers have turned to seed. The Western Pasque Flower should still be waving it's feathery seed head.
Don't overlook this spectacular hike in the Autumn months. The Western Larch (Larix occidentalis) and Lyall Larch (Larix lyallii), the deciduous conifers in the area will be turning into their beautiful golden fall color.
Go enjoy the beauty of the Northwest. I'll be posting fall hike colors soon.