United States Edith Creek Basin

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T. Kirkendall and V. Spring

About This Spot

Edith Creek Basin is the heart of the Paradise area. If you don't visit anywhere else in the park, take the short, 0.5 mile, stroll on a paved trail to the flower fields in the basin. Don't expect to be alone, most park visitors make the trek to basin entrance. What makes this area so special is the continuous succession of wildflowers covering the open slopes. It starts in June, when the snow is still in the basin. As the snow melts, the yellow glacier lilies appear, sometimes growing right out of the snow. These flowers are followed by their cousins, the white avalanche lilies. Then, in late July to early August, the lupine and paintbrush take over, washing color over the basin. The next wave of colorful flowers includes the gentians and asters. As autumn nears, the basin turns to beautiful fall colors. However, no matter how beautiful the flowers, it is the little cascade on Edith Creek with the view of Mt. Rainier that brings out the largest number of cameras.

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