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 - Sheep Lake (Chinook Pass)

Mt. Rainier National Park has many trails that lead to premier wildflower gardens. This trip will also focus on butterfly identification.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 5.0
  • Elevation Gain: 400 ft

Meet at 9:30 AM at the Chinook Pass trailhead for the sheep lake trail. Carpoolers (encouraged) will meet at 7 AM at the 65th Street Park and Ride lot (north side). Alternative carpooling for eastsiders and south enders can be arranged at the Renton Park and Ride lot.

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 before the 4th class, to accommodate the early flowering conditions. Butterflies are also plentiful along the Sheep lake trail

Route/Place

Sheep Lake (Chinook Pass)



  • Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
  • See full route/place details.
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

guide book

day hiking gear

extra water (at least 2 liters), sunscreen.

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