Top 5 Places to See Wildflowers In and Around Portland
Nicknamed the city of roses, Portland is home to some of the most awe-inspiring fields of flowers in the U.S. You may have already heard of its famed rose garden, but if you’re open to venturing further outside of the city, even more beauty and blooms await. Check out some of these other great spots to see wildflowers around the metro area.
People love Dog Mountain for its gorgeous views, easy access to the Gorge, and approachable distance. The main loop is known for wildflower viewing in May and June, with Northwest Balsamroot, Harsh Paintbrush, and Spring Gold flowers covering both the meadows near the summit, and the lower section of the trail.
Portland International Rose Test Garden
Unofficially known as the Portland Rose Garden, this iconic space features over 10,000 roses, and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world each year. Free public tours are offered daily at 1PM from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Dogwood Loop – Forest Park
This three-mile loop in Forest Park, just 15 minutes from downtown, is one of the most picturesque places for an evening walk. The path is covered by a canopy of Douglas fir and bigleaf maples, with yellow woodland violets and trilliums coming out to play in spring, and fairy bells and candy flowers popping up in the summer.
Tom McCall Preserve
This 231-acre preserve is situated along the Rowena Plateau near the eastern edge of the Columbia River Gorge. Three miles of trails wind through meadows and rolling hills, with over 300 species of plants, including lupines and yellow glacier lilies, blanketing the wide-open fields
Trillium Lake Trail
Trillium Lake is a gorgeous nature and wildlife area in the heart of Mt. Hood National Forest. The trail around the lake winds through majestic spruce trees and mountain hemlocks, and the shoreline is covered in a variety of wetland wildflowers. The entire area yields postcard-perfect pictures of Mt. Hood.