Mt. Rainier, WA.- Mid-July means Mt. Rainier's world-famous wildflowers are making their colorful debut, a vibrant display, welcoming park visitors during the Centennial of the National Park Service.

"Wildflower season is a busy and breathtaking time at Mt. Rainier," said Mary Kay Nelson, Executive Director of Visit Rainier. "Part of what makes wildflower season so exciting is different flowers bloom at different elevations around the mountain at different times. A person could make several trips throughout the season and see something new every time. In fact, because it is such a popular time to visit, we encourage guests to try enjoying the park in the early morning, or later in the afternoon or evening when the crowds aren't as large."

While many think of mesmerizing images on trails such as the Skyline Trail at Paradise or Summerland on the route to Sunrise, there are also several spots folks can experience acres of wildflowers without even having to leave the car. The meadows around Tipsoo Lake at the top of Chinook Pass are easy to view from the road, as are the meadows surrounding the Sunrise and Paradise areas on Mt. Rainier. Crystal Mountain Resort’s Mt. Rainier gondola can whisk visitors up to 6,872 feet and put them in the heart of wildflower meadows. Any of these sites are a good option for folks of all ages, and physical abilities.

The Mt. Rainier area was voted "Best Wildflower Spot in The United States" and is making it as easy as possible for folks to enjoy them, by offering links to a wildflower identification guide and wildflower reports. In addition, Visit Rainier will be tweeting (#mtrainierwildflowers), and posting Facebook and blog updates on what's blooming and where. The site also provides a list of the Top 10 Wildflower Hikes around the mountain and offers live views from 14 webcams around the mountain. Links are here:

Julie Johnson
Public Relations
Visit Rainier
Cell: 253-347-1414