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Under-the-radar Wildflower Spotting

04.12.17

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  • The gorgeous lantana flowers along the Iliau Nature Loop make you forget this is a pernicious weed in Hawaii.- Under-the-radar Wildflower Spotting
  • The fuzzy red flowers on the 'ōhi'a-lehua plant are uniquely Hawaiian.- Under-the-radar Wildflower Spotting
  • The striking 'iliau plant produces just one tall stalk of flowers before dying.- Under-the-radar Wildflower Spotting
  • Avalanche lily (Erythronium montanum) grows on the hike to Dewey + Anderson Lakes.- Under-the-radar Wildflower Spotting
  • Trailside wildflowers in Long Canyon on the Four Lakes Loop in the Trinity Alps.- Under-the-radar Wildflower Spotting
  • Western pasqueflower in upper Long Canyon on the Four Lakes Loop in the Trinity Alps.- Under-the-radar Wildflower Spotting
  • Diamond Lake in the Trinity Alps.- Under-the-radar Wildflower Spotting
  • Western pasque flower (Anemone occidentalis) on the trail to Dewey + Anderson Lakes.- Under-the-radar Wildflower Spotting
  • Magenta paintbrush on the trail to Dewey + Anderson Lakes.- Under-the-radar Wildflower Spotting
  • Yellow glacier lily (Erythronium grandiflorum) on the trail to Dewey + Anderson Lakes.- Under-the-radar Wildflower Spotting
  • Mount Rainier (14,411 ft) from below Paradise Glacier.- Under-the-radar Wildflower Spotting
  • Stevens Peak in the Mount Rainier National Park.- Under-the-radar Wildflower Spotting
  • Weather settles in at the Cirque of the Towers.- Under-the-radar Wildflower Spotting
  • Alpine sunflower and Indian paintbrush flower in the Cirque of the Towers.- Under-the-radar Wildflower Spotting
  • Tom McCall Point Hike: Yellow glacier lily (Erythronium grandiflorum).- Under-the-radar Wildflower Spotting
  • Coyote Wall Hike: Puget balsamroot (Balsamorhiza deltoidea) and numerous lupines dominate the upper hillside.- Under-the-radar Wildflower Spotting
  • Parsley desert buckwheat (Eriogonum compositum) at Coyote Wall.- Under-the-radar Wildflower Spotting
  • California poppy (Eschscholzia colifornica) at the base of Coyote Wall.- Under-the-radar Wildflower Spotting
  • Sunset from Dog Mountain.- Under-the-radar Wildflower Spotting
  • Mosier Creek Falls Plateau: Lupine is common in spring.- Under-the-radar Wildflower Spotting
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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Joshua Tree National Park are incredible, but if you time your visit wrong, you might see as many people as wildflowers. The California super blooms are iconic in their beauty, but they are also becoming more and more popular with each passing year.

If you are setting out to see some wildflowers this spring and early summer and are interested in a more solitary experience with nature, consider some of the places on this list as alternatives. The West is full of stunning wildflowers this time of year that offer stunning views without the crowds that the California deserts are becoming increasingly known for.

  • The Columbia River Gorge, Oregon and Washington: Check out the eastern wall of the Columbia River Gorge and soak in the huge hillside meadows filled with balsamroot and various types of flowering buckwheat. We suggest Tom McCall Point in Oregon and Coyote Wall in Washington. Other wildflower hotspots are Dog Mountain and the Mosier Plateau, but those are more apt to attract crowds. 
  • Rainier National Park: In the Northwest you will have a little more time than in warmer zones to see the early summer wildflowers. This is especially true this year since the heavy snowpack won’t be completely gone for at least another month. Take the Paradise Loop at Mount Rainier or hike to less visited alpine lakes and peaks, like Dewey Lake and Anderson Lake.
  • Trinity Alps, California: This mountain range in the Shasta Cascade region is great for wildflower hikes because it blooms long into the summer. You can hike along the Four Lakes Loop and expect to see wildflowers as late as September.
  • Wind River Range, Wyoming: For a classic wildflower destination that gets you off the West Coast, check out the iconic Wind River Range. In addition to the serrated peaks, alpine lakes, and granite walls, there are also colorful wildflowers that bloom. Take the The Cirque of the Towers trail, which is located in the southeast sector of this range.
  • Kauai, Hawaii: If you want to take the wildflower exploration to the next level, then consider a tropical adventure to take in the rich, dark reds and bright yellows of Hawaii’s native plants. The Iliau Nature Trail near Waimea is a short trail, but it gets you up close and personal with a variety of exotic plants that are native to the islands.
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