Field Trip 4 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course

Field trip: Introduction to the Natural World Course

Field Trip 4 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course - Berkeley Park (Mount Rainier)

Mt. Rainier National Park has many trails that lead to premier wildflower gardens.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,100 ft

We will meet at the trailhead at 9:30 AM at the Sunrise Visitors Center in Mt. Rainier National Park.  Carpooling is also suggested. We'll meet at the 65th Street Park and Ride at 6:45 AM on the north side of 65th street. Alternative carpooling meetup can be arranged at the park and ride in Renton for those living in the south end or eastside of Lake Washington, but this must be arranged.

Mt. Rainier National Park has many trails that lead to premier wildflower gardens.

After this field trip you may identify these species and more:
1. Broad-leaf Lupine
2. Common Paintbrush
3. Beargrass
4. Gray Jay
5. Blue (Butterfly)
6. Red Columbine
7. Glacier Lily
8. Tiger Lily
9. Thinleaf Blueberry
10. Sitka Mountain Ash
11. Sitka Alder
12. Alaska Yellow-cedar


This hike is being offered before the 4th class, due to an extremely (record) early blooming season. Wildflowers are still at their peak, but are at least a month earlier than usual. Berkeley Park is arguably the BEST wildflower hike in the state, due to a wide variety of life zones along the trail and a lovely wet meadow.

Route/Place

Berkeley Park (Mount Rainier)



  • USGS Mt Rainier East

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

guide book

day hiking gear

bring binoculars, a camera and hand lens if you have one. Flower and bird apps or guides are also useful. Walking poles are good. Bring EXTRA water. I will have 3 liters. It will likely be hot, even up at close to 7000'. Bring sunscreen.

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