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 - Palisades Lakes (Mount Rainier)

Wildflowers are spectacular at Mt. Rainier during July. This hike will take you into some prime Subalpine habitat filled with flowers and trees. It can also be good for birds and several mammals should be around, too.

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,700 ft

Meet at 8:30 am at the Palisades lake trail at Sunrise Point on the big curve and viewpoint before reaching Sunrise at Mount Rainier.

This FT4 hike with the INW course will give opportunities to see many wildflowers, birds and other wildlife and a chance to practice using your flower and bird apps and familiarize yourself with the beautiful hiking and scenery within MRNP. 
An email update will be sent a few days before the hike. 

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

Destinations are quite dependent upon snow level. We’ll give more details in July via e-mail and at the 4th Presentation.


Palisades Lakes

  • Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    USGS Mt Rainier East

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Bring lunch, water, raingear, and the ten essential

day hiking gear

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