We are so fortunate to live in the Pacific Northwest with all of its natural beauty including breathtaking spring wildflowers. Below are YogaBug’s 5 favorite spring hikes where the wildflower display will be spectacular!!! Note that the peak month to visit each area is highlighted.
Dog Mountain: May~June This is one of the most popular Columbia River Gorge wildflower hikes. The initial steep ascent gets your heart and legs going which makes the stunning display of wildflowers on the top even sweeter. You could see over 50 species including Puget Balsamroot, Broadleaf Lupine and Fairyslipper. Go early or on a weekday if possible. The parking lot fills up fast!!!
Kings Mountain May~June This more rugged Coastal Range hike features an abundance of wildflowers including Beargrass, Paintbrush, Penstemon, Phlox, and the rare Phantom Orchid.
Tom McCall Preserve April ~June There two great trails to choose from at this gorgeous nature preserve depending upon your experience and energy level. Over 200 species of wildflowers dot the trails and meadows including Puget Balsamroot, Broadleaf Lupine and Tarweed Fiddleneck . Four of the species found at the preserve are unique to the Columbia River Gorge. Note that dogs, horses and bicycles are not allowed due to the preserve status.
Catherine Creek February~July Wildflowers are so profuse in this area because poor, shallow soil does not allow the grasses to come in and crowd out the flowers. There is roughly 100 species of wildflowers here.
Camissa Natural Area Mid-April~June This protected preserve in West Linn offers a quick stroll through meadows featuring its namesake the Common Camas.