Huckleberry Picking Updates

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Whitefish Mountain Resort is one of the most prolific and easy to access destinations for huckleberry picking in the northwest. Once the berries start showing up this summer, check here for updates on where to find the purple gold.

What to bring with you huckleberry picking:

  • Container(s) in which to carry your huckleberries.
  • Water & snacks (at altitude it’s important to be well hydrated and fed).
  • Sunscreen & rain gear (you know what they say about the weather, “Wait 15 minutes it will change”).
  • Bear spray (if you are picking hucks you are by definition in bear country).
  • A friend (someone you can chat with and help keep the bears aware of your presence).

Huckdate: August 6, 2020

My go-to spot this time of year is ripe for the picking! Get out for a hike and picking session by heading up the Danny On Memorial Trail. While there are many picked over bushes at lower elevations, there’s a bunch of ripe berries on the Corkscrew ski run. I stopped there and climbed just above the hiking trail. Huckleberry bushes cover this trail and although it’s semi-steep it’s pretty easy to access. I picked for 30 minutes filled half of my 1000ml Nalgene bottle BEACAUSE SOME OF THEM ARE BIG!

This patch is in full sun, with a southeastern exposure at about 5,250 feet. I reckon that yonder up the Danny On, as you approach Chair 4, there are more for the picking, above and below the trail. I left plenty on Corkscrew so if you are hiking up the trail, let this be your starting point.

Important Note: Please stay off the service road! There is currently an active timber operation going on so for your safety, do not use this road.

Suggestion: ride the Scenic Lift Ride to the summit with containers, water, bear spray and loud children. Walk down the Danny On, or a favorite ski run you know, and then look for bushes. Plan on two hours (minimum) of picking, plus time to hike down. You will fill your buckets.