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11 Epic Locations for Early Summer Wildflowers Near Portland

05.25.16

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11 Epic Locations for Early Summer Wildflowers Near Portland

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  • Paintbrush and various other wildflowers atop Kings Mountain.- 11  Epic Locations for Early Summer Wildflowers Near Portland
  • Hiking trail near the summit of Saddle Mountain.- 11  Epic Locations for Early Summer Wildflowers Near Portland
  • Common western monkeyflower (Mimulus guttatus) on Saddle Mountain.- 11  Epic Locations for Early Summer Wildflowers Near Portland
  • Pink fawn lily (Eruthronium revolutum) on the lower portion of the trail up to Saddle Mountain.- 11  Epic Locations for Early Summer Wildflowers Near Portland
  • Pacific bleeding heart (Dicentra formosa) in Saddle Mountain State Park.- 11  Epic Locations for Early Summer Wildflowers Near Portland
  • Pacific rhododendron (Rhododendron macrophyllum) in Silver Falls State Park.- 11  Epic Locations for Early Summer Wildflowers Near Portland
  • Western serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia) on Dog Mountain.- 11  Epic Locations for Early Summer Wildflowers Near Portland
  • Red columbine (Aquilegia formosa) along the Wilson River Trail.- 11  Epic Locations for Early Summer Wildflowers Near Portland
  • Puget balsamroot (Balsamorphiza deltoidea) in the Tom McCall Preserve.- 11  Epic Locations for Early Summer Wildflowers Near Portland
  • Poison delphinium (delphinium trolliifolium) along the Trail of 10 Falls.- 11  Epic Locations for Early Summer Wildflowers Near Portland
  • Non-native foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) along the Wilson River Trail.- 11  Epic Locations for Early Summer Wildflowers Near Portland
  • Fields of balsamroot and lupine leading up to Bald Butte.- 11  Epic Locations for Early Summer Wildflowers Near Portland
  • View of Mount Hood from Bald Butte.- 11  Epic Locations for Early Summer Wildflowers Near Portland
  • Wildflower along the Wilson River Trail.  Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- 11  Epic Locations for Early Summer Wildflowers Near Portland
  • Red-flowering current (Ribes sanguineum) along the Bald Butte trail.- 11  Epic Locations for Early Summer Wildflowers Near Portland
  • Meadow of Puget balsamroot (Balsamorphiza deltoidea) atop Dog Mountain.- 11  Epic Locations for Early Summer Wildflowers Near Portland
  • Satin flower (Sisyrinchium) at Tom McCall Preserve.- 11  Epic Locations for Early Summer Wildflowers Near Portland
  • Meadow of Puget balsamroot (Balsamorphiza deltoidea) at Coyote Wall.- 11  Epic Locations for Early Summer Wildflowers Near Portland
  • Yellow glacier lily (Erythronium grandiflorum) along the hike up to Tom McCall Point.- 11  Epic Locations for Early Summer Wildflowers Near Portland
  • Unidentified milkweed species on Dog Mountain (help us identify it by providing feedback).- 11  Epic Locations for Early Summer Wildflowers Near Portland
  • Columbia lily (Lily columbianum) at the top of Kings Mountain.- 11  Epic Locations for Early Summer Wildflowers Near Portland
  • Fairyslipper (Calypso bulbosa) along the trail to Dog Mountain.- 11  Epic Locations for Early Summer Wildflowers Near Portland
  • Parsley desert buckwheat (Eriogonum compositum) at Coyote Wall.- 11  Epic Locations for Early Summer Wildflowers Near Portland
  • California poppy (Eschscholzia colifornica) at the base of Coyote Wall.- 11  Epic Locations for Early Summer Wildflowers Near Portland
  • View from the summit of Neahkahnie Mountain.- 11  Epic Locations for Early Summer Wildflowers Near Portland
  • Wildflower meadow at the top of Neahkahnie Mountain.- 11  Epic Locations for Early Summer Wildflowers Near Portland
  • Lupine (lupinus) at Powell Butte Nature Park.- 11  Epic Locations for Early Summer Wildflowers Near Portland
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We’ve traveled throughout the Portland region and found some remarkable locations with stunning displays of wildflowers and lush meadows.  Originally we intended to make a list of the best ten spots, but somehow that list was one adventure too short, so here’s a list of the best eleven.  You’ve probably heard of some of the locations, such as the famed Dog Mountain on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge, but others will hopefully be new to you and spark some late spring or early summer outdoor wanderlust.  Either way, pack your bags, fold up that picnic blanket, and head outside as we’re sure you’ll find these wildflower spots truly relaxing and soul replenishing!

Listed in order of the best times to visit from spring to summer:

  1. Tom McCall Point (May): This sun-kissed eastern Gorge hike displays its wildflowers early, so don’t delay.
  2. Coyote Wall (May): Also located on the eastern side of the Columbia River Gorge, but on the Washington side, this hike and popular mountain bike destination has huge hillside meadows filled with balsamroot and various types of flowering buckwheat.
  3. Powell Butte Nature Park (May): located on the eastern edges of Portland’s city limits, this park sits atop an ancient cinder volcanic vent and hosts incredible displays of lupine fields.
  4. Bald Butte (late May/early June): Perched above the Hood River valley, this exposed butte gets lots of sun and has an astonishing variety of wildflowers, not to mention direct views of Mount Hood’s rugged north face.
  5. Hamilton Mountain (late May/early June): Often overlooked by those flocking to Dog Mountain, this Gorge hike is close to Portland and will not disappoint.
  6. Dog Mountain (late May/early June): Well recognized for its fields of lupine and balsamroot, the only problem with this epic hike is all of the other people who also know it is epic.
  7. Silver Falls Trail of 10 Falls (late May/early June): Not only does this hike offer the best collection of waterfalls outside of the Gorge, the entire length of the trail is adorned with various colors and blooms of stunning wildflowers.
  8. Saddle Mountain (May/June):  Whether you are in the Sitka spruce and grand fir forest below or out on this remnant of the Columbia River Basalt, you’ll see loads of wildflowers throughout spring and early summer.
  9. Wilson River Trail (June/July):  This river, which eventually flows out into the Pacific at Tillamook Bay, makes for a great getaway throughout the summer.  Not only are there waterfalls and numerous swimming holes to be enjoyed along the route, asters and foxgloves are a constant presence along the path.
  10. Kings Mountain (June/July): One of the highest peaks in the Coast Range, the trail up to the summit of Kings Mountain is nothing take lightly, but once you’ve climbed to the top you’ll get awesome views of both the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains, not to mention stunning wildflowers!
  11. Neahkahnie Mountain (June/July): This peak, highly revered by northwest natives, is also the highest point directly above the Pacific Ocean on the stretch of coastline between California and British Columbia.  And, just like Kings Mountain, the summit is blanketed in a terrific array of wildflowers.
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