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Mt. Rainier vs Glacier for wildflowers

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Mt. Rainier vs Glacier for wildflowers

We are planning a trip to Glacier but after seeing pictures of spectacular wildflowers in Mt Rainier National Park I wonder if it makes sense to stop there on the way to Glacier or we can see the same flowers in Glacier NP? Our trip will be in the middle of August.

What are the best places/trails for wildflowers both in Mt Rainier and Glacier?

Thank you

Green Valley...
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1. Re: Mt. Rainier vs Glacier for wildflowers

Re: Mt. RNP and wildflowers, did you see this post on the same page?

Also, I'd post on the Montana TA Forum with your question about wildflowers at GNP; their flower season might vary from that on Mt. RNP.

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g143044-i3163-k537…

You don't provide an itinerary, so hard to say which park would be your best bet for your before/after exploring. Lots of distance between the two. Can we help guide your decisions?

Edited: 9:42 am, February 24, 2013
Green Valley...
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2. Re: Mt. Rainier vs Glacier for wildflowers

This article from the official GNP website might help you to decide.

nps.gov/glac/naturescience/wildflowers.htm

And this posting for GNP...

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g143026-i1168-k340…

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3. Re: Mt. Rainier vs Glacier for wildflowers

Rainier is known for the better flowers. But, it can vary a bit year to year as to when/where. Keep an eye on the website and twitter feed--both will have very specific information about what is blooming and where. Alternately, when you visit a visitor center at the park, they can give you this same info, and make sure you are on the trails that have the most blooming flowers that week.

http://www.nps.gov/mora/index.htm

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