The Methow Valley offers some of the best wildflower viewing in the country, and many of the Sun Mountain Lodge trails are in prime viewing areas.
The season typically starts off with bare, snow-patched hills and just a few Yellowbells, Bluebells, and Spring Beauties peeking through. As the season progresses, the hills are bathed in a golden glow as the Arrowleaf Balsamroot takes over. Next, comes the purple Lupine, then later in the season, you’ll see Dwarf Sunflowers, Indian Paintbrush, Cat’s Ears, Larkspur, Lady Slippers, and more. Wildflower season typically stretches out through late summer. At that time the flowers fade and the glorious fall color season begins.
Lupine and Desert Parsley
Purple Coneflower with a Western Swallowtail Butterfly
A wonderful article on the wildflower season is available here.
The various seasons and colors are an amazing sight to see at any time of the year!
SUMMER TRAILS MAP