Wildflowers in peak bloom at Mount Rainier

Wildflowers in peak bloom at Mount Rainier

Credit: Courtesy: Tom Gubala

Wildflowers in peak bloom at Mount Rainier

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by EVONNE BENEDICT / KING 5

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Posted on August 8, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Updated Saturday, Aug 10 at 4:10 PM

If you haven't visited Mount Rainier National Park in awhile now would be a good time to plan a trip.

The wildflowers are in peak bloom in the park's meadows, and our viewers are sharing some beautiful photos.

Tom Gubala captured the view as the sun came up in the park. Tom says, "I took this photo in Mt. Rainier NP on Monday, August 5 at 5:55 a.m. on the Naches Peak Loop trail near Chinook Pass. As you can see the wildflowers are at their peak. A friend and I hiked up to this vista in the dark using headlamps in order to be there at sunrise. It was worth it."

Viewer Beth Mansfield also captured the view from the Naches Peak Loop.

She says, "You can almost hear Julie Andrews singing as we came around the bend along the Naches Peak Loop near Mt Rainier. The wildflowers in the meadows are breathtaking. Combine that with the expansive mountain views and the majesty that is Mount Rainier and it is hard to keep your eyes on the trail itself. In fact, I stumbled a few times not watching where I was going.

"This well traveled and relatively easy hiking trail that meanders around below the 6,296-foot summit of Naches Peak is a favorite among the National Park Visitors. Tipsoo Lake, on the west side of this trail, provides one of the most photographed views of the 14,409-foot Rainier in the distance. It is about 3.6 miles long with an elevation gain of 500 feet.

"Tipsoo Lake, on the west side of this trail, provides one of the most photographed views of the 14,409 foot Rainier in the distance. The surprise of the trip though was walking around a bend to discover a glassy clear tarn lake carpeted by a bed of lupine, bear grass, paintbrush, avalanche lilies and more.

"The summer sub-alpine meadows provide a beautiful escape from the hustle and bustle of Seattle just two hours away. So, pack up those hiking boots and make a picnic lunch. Be prepared to want to linger in this peaceful and awe-inspiring example of nature at it's finest."

Learn more about Mount Rainier's spectacular wildflowers here.

 

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