Most of these wildflower images were taken in early July during hikes on the Sourdough Trail to Dege Peak above Sunrise area and to Snow and Bench Lakes in the Tatoosh Range. July is the time for early summer flowers in the middle elevations of the park. Paradise may still be snow-covered, the trail to Snow Lake may have about a foot of snow on the last quarter of the trail, while Sourdough is dry and snow-free, except for the last tens of steps to the top of Dege Peak. These differences are due to the annual snowfall amounts and, to some degree, the direction the slopes are facing.

In contrast, the wildflower fields appearing in other galleries were taken in mid-August and at a greater variety of elevations. These flowers are mid to late-summer blooms.



Mount Rainier
National Park