Glacier National Park Information


Views of Glacier National Park
Wildflowers in Bloom

Glacier lilies are found on both sides of the park, and grow at elevations ranging from roughly 3000 feet to more than 7000 feet. Flowers in the lower-elevations bloom as early as April, while flowers in the higher-elevations tend to bloom around mid-July, or later, depending on how much snow fell in the mountains over the winter.

The color purple as the flowers bloom along the Sun Point Trail at St Marys Lake.

Purple asters are found in abundance during the late summer in the meadows on the east side of the park, especially in the Two Medicine area.

Beargrass, perhaps the most iconic wildflower in Glacier National Park, is not a grass, nor do bears eat it. The name was given to the plant by Meriwether Lewis while passing through the northern Rocky Mountains during his expedition with William Clark.

Bear Grass on the trail to Twin Falls in the Two Medicine Valley

"There is a great abundance of a speceis of bear-grass which grows on every part of these mountains," noted Captain Lewis in his journal on June 15, 1806.

Lewis likely gave the name because it resembled a species of beargrass that grew near his home in Virginia.

Because of the harsh winters in Glacier, which come early, and linger late into spring, the season for wildflowers is relatively short. Depending on your timing, some of the best hikes for seeing wildflowers include Preston Park, Highline Trail, Firebrand Pass, Iceberg LakeHidden Lake, Cobalt Lake, Medicine Grizzly Lake, Forest and Fire Nature Hike, Gunsight Lake and Upper Two Medicine Lake.

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