Scorpion Mountain via Johnson Ridge Trail

Skykomish, Washington

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This lonesome trail is not as famous for flowers as other trails between Skykomish and Stevens Pass, but it is not one to miss. It can be a little tricky to find the trailhead—especially if signs are missing—so be sure you have maps, and get an update from the Skykomish Ranger Station before you set out. Look for carpets of glacier lilies in late June on or near the summit. In midJuly, the glacier lilies were on their way out and the meadows were sweet with the scent of Sitka valerian. As the summer progresses, you’ll see generous displays of lupine, tiger lilies, fireweed, Indian paintbrush, tall penstemon, pearly everlasting, false hellebore, lousewort, arnica, heather, mountain ash, and asters. In late August, look for harebells. On a clear day, there are views of Captain Point, Glacier Peak, and Mount Fernow.
Best Wildflower Hikes Washington

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Best Wildflower Hikes Washington

by Art Kruckeberg with Karen Sykes & Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

This lonesome trail is not as famous for flowers as other trails between Skykomish and Stevens Pass, but it is not one to miss. It can be a little tricky to find the trailhead—especially if signs are missing—so be sure you have maps, and get an update from the Skykomish Ranger Station before you set out.

Look for carpets of glacier lilies in late June on or near the summit. In midJuly, the glacier lilies were on their way out and the meadows were sweet with the scent of Sitka valerian. As the summer progresses, you’ll see generous displays of lupine, tiger lilies, fireweed, Indian paintbrush, tall penstemon, pearly everlasting, false hellebore, lousewort, arnica, heather, mountain ash, and asters. In late August, look for harebells. On a clear day, there are views of Captain Point, Glacier Peak, and Mount Fernow.

© 2004 Art Kruckeberg with Karen Sykes & Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Skykomish
Distance: 9
Elevation Gain: 2,900 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Hikable: June through October, Best flowers: Late June through September
Local Contacts: Skykomish Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails Nos. 143 Monte Cristo and 144 Benchmark Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Scorpion Mountain via Johnson Ridge Trail

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