The Pacific Northwest is well-known for its often rainy, overcast climate, and while this dreariness can really get old, locals know it makes the short summer season all the sweeter.
That's because once June and July roll around, the clouds begin to clear and blotches of color begin emerging from the ground.
These cheerful summer wildflowers are found in great numbers throughout the region — from intentional front yard gardens to truly wild growth along the road side — but they are arguably at their most breathtaking when found hugging the subalpine slopes of Mount Rainier or Olympic National Park.
One of the most scenic places to view wildflowers in Olympic National Park is Hurricane Ridge, a gorgeous mountainous area located 17 miles south of Port Angeles that is a popular year-round destination for hiking and skiing.
Hiking along the 1.6-mile Hurricane Hill Trail on a clear summer's day, visitors are guaranteed to encounter not only jaw-dropping panoramic views of the expansive Olympic mountain range, but also thick patches of colorful wildflowers buffering their path.
You can run across literally thousands of different wildflower species at Hurricane Ridge and the surrounding Olympic mountain range. Continue below for visual tour of some of the most common specimens you might encounter.
Cascade wallflower (Erysimum arenicola)
Cow parsnip (Heracleum maximum)
Tiger lily (Lilium columbianum)
Arctic lupine (Lupinus arcticus)
Olympic onion (Allium crenulatum)
Spreading phlox (Phlox diffusa)
Biscuitroot (Lomatium nudicaule)
Slender Mountain Sandwort (Eremogone capillaris)
Arctic lupine and Old Man's Whiskers (Geum triflorum)
Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)
One of many blooms from the Asteraceae family
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