Montana July 12, 2018
These 7 Montana Trails Are Ripe For Berry-Picking
If you’ve ever wanted to go berry-picking here in Montana, you’ll have several
u-pick berry farms to choose from. But if you’d rather go the more natural route, you can always hit one of our local trails that are known for their delicious berries. These are a few of our favorites.
1. Huckleberry Lookout Trail
Located just off Camas Road from West Glacier, this trail is appropriately named -- it's full of huckleberries all summer. Unfortunately, the grizzly bears seem to know this, so if you hike it, be on the lookout and check with the park rangers before you hit the trail.
2. Lava Lake Trail
You'll find Lava Lake near Gallatin Gateway, and the 5.5-mile hiking trail that leads to the lake is often full of wild berries waiting to be picked. And even when berries aren't in season, the views of the Spanish Peaks make it worth the trek.
3. Danny on Memorial National Recreation Trail
This 7-mile hike near Whitefish is a pretty popular trail, but if you go early in the season, you'll find plenty of ripe huckleberries. This is another area known for bear sightings, so take appropriate precautions.
4. Leverich Canyon
This 5-mile trail near Bozeman is full of beautiful wildflowers and is often used by bikers. However, if you travel on foot, you'll have an easier time scoping out the huckleberries that line it all summer long.
5. Marion Lake Trail
This is another great Glacier National Park Trail, which you'll find near the Izaak Walton Inn in Essex. The 7-mile trail takes you right through some raspberry bushes, huckleberries, and blueberries.
6. Baree - Bear Lakes Trail
Located near Trout Ceek, this 9-mile trail makes a steady climb to the Cabinet Divide. The best time to pick berries here is late July or early August when the season is just beginning.
7. Grotto Falls
The good news is, this easy 2.4-mile trail near Bozeman is great for all skill levels, unlike some of the other trails on this list. The bad news is, that means the early birds will get the best berries, so plan your hike accordingly.
Hiking trails should all come with a sweet reward.
These Montana hikes all have spectacular scenery, which is the next best thing to fresh berries.