Washington July 12, 2018
These 7 Washington Trails Are Ripe For Berry-Picking
The Pacific Northwest is full of spots where wild berries grow freely, and there’s really nothing better than picking them yourself and enjoying the fruits of your labor. And if you choose to go berry-picking on a hiking trail, you can get some great exercise at the same time. Hit up one of these trails during peak berry season and you’ll see what we mean.
1. Park Butte Lookout Trail
The best time to attempt this 7-mile trail, which is located in the North Cascades near Concrete, is late summer — the snow can stick pretty late into the season. But late summer also happens to be peak huckleberry season, and you'll find plenty on this path if you look hard enough. Schriebers Meadow, which you'll hit early on the trail, is a prime spot for berry-picking.
2. Kendall Katwalk Trail
This trail is long (around 14 miles), and it's pretty challenging — but you'll reach the fresh huckleberries just a few miles in. This is part of the lengthy and beautiful Pacific Coast Trail, so it's always worth the hike.
3. Naches Peak Loop
This Mt. Rainier hike stays easily accessible well into October, but for fresh huckleberries, you'll want to come in September. Black bears also love the fresh berries here, so be aware of your surroundings.
4. Little Huckleberry Trail
Located near Bingen in the Columbia River Gorge, this 5-mile trail is appropriately named. The huckleberries here tend to be best near the top, so you should plan on completing the whole hike if you want to pick some.
5. Salmo-Priest Loop
Eastern Washington has a few berry-picking trails as well. The Salmo-Priest Loop is located near Metaline Falls, and at 18.5 miles in length, it's far from easy. But that just means any berries you find will be all yours since the trek is never crowded.
6. Yellow Aster Butte Trail
This beautiful 7-mile trail can be found near the town of Glacier in the North Cascades. Known for its impressive wildflowers in the summer, you'll also find fresh berries in the late summer and early autumn.
7. Flapjacks Lakes Trail
The 14-mile Flapjacks Lakes Trail, which is located in the Olympics near Lilliwaup, isn't an easy trek. But aside from the stunning views of the magnificent Sawtooth Range, you'll find an abundance of fresh berries along the way. Due to the length of this trail, you may want to prepare for a backpacking adventure if you want to complete the entire thing.
These hikes are all perfect for berry-picking, but they’re not always easy. If you’re a beginning hiker, start with one of these
trails for mere mortals.