Wildflowers Near Mount Rainier

September 14, 2012

Beargrass in the meadow by Tipsoo Lake near Chinook Pass

The wildflowers are definitely one of the highlights of hiking the Naches Peak Loop Trail near Chinook Pass on Hwy 410.  They peak in late summer, so this is still a great time to go and see them.  Here are some photos of the wildflowers I saw along the trail:



I believe this is rosy spirea.

And I believe this shrub is mountain ash.

Mountain ash with Mount Rainier

The colorful red berries of mountain ash

Meadows with Queen Anne’s Lace and lupine, among other wildflowers


Foliage of lupine

I am not sure what this is — perhaps yellow dot saxifrage or slender mountain sandwort? Does anyone know?

It looks like this shrub is growing matchsticks!

Possibly Cascade penstemon?

Pen and ink sketches of wildflowers from my Moleskin journal

Watercolor sketch of magenta paintbrush

Another watercolor sketch of paintbrush



5 Responses to “Wildflowers Near Mount Rainier”

  1. shoreacres Says:

    Such beautiful photos. I know the beargrass because of one of my regular stops – Montana Outdoors. It’s a wildflower blog, and many of the ones you show here have been photographed by montucky. You might want to keep it bookmarked as one more aid to identification, especially since his blog is searchable and he knows his stuff.

    Interesting that your paintbrush and lupine are so similar to our Indian paintbrush and Bluebonnets. Here’s one of my photos.

  2. mzuritam Says:

    Good work! I love the photos, but especially your sketches and watercolors!

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