With cooler Fall weather on the horizon, can berries be far behind? Fall is a favorite season for both huckleberries and mountain blueberries. It’s sometimes hard to get the locals to cough up their favorite picking spots—but here are a few ideas:
- Huckleberries are mostly found above 4000 feet in elevation. The area around Chinook Pass usually has a lot of huckleberries, but it also gets a lot of people in the summer, so the pickings can get a little slim. Better is the area at the top of Corral Pass Road along the Noble Knob and Rainier View trails, or even down towards Hidden Lake. A lot of people also go picking along FS 73, especially up by the Huckleberry Creek Trail (great name, yes?) that goes into Mt. Rainier National Park.
- Blueberries can also be found in abundance on the back roads around Greenwater and also sometimes along FS 73.