The Columbia River Gorge is one of the most enchanting areas in the entire country. Our dense forests and towering mountains are contrasted by blue skies and rushing rivers. A tranquil calm meets the raw power of nature here, and you can experience it for yourself during your stay at Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins. One of our favorite ways to truly immerse ourselves in the great outdoors is to go huckleberry picking in Washington.
About Huckleberry Picking in Washington
Did you know that 12 species of huckleberries can be found in Washington and Oregon? These small berries are similar to the well-known blueberries and range from sour to sweet. They were originally collected by the Native Americans that lived along the pacific coast and can now be found in many foods and beverages like jams, pies, muffins, and more. You’ll most likely want to keep an eye out for the thin-leaved huckleberry; these are known to be the sweetest. The best time to come pick these tiny treats is between mid-August and mid-September.
Where Can I Go Huckleberry Picking in Washington?
If you’re looking to go huckleberry picking in Washington, we recommend doing so at the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Some of these bushes can be found throughout the area, but always double check to see if they are open or closed for picking. Your best bet is to visit the Sawtooth Berry Field in the Indian Heaven Wilderness. Located in the northern part of this area, the field has long been a Native American meeting place and the location of their annual huckleberry fest. Now, it is world-renowned for its plethora of huckleberries. You are able to pick them here, but make sure to watch the signs for areas still designated to the Native Americans and their traditions.
Rules for Huckleberry Picking in Washington
If you are going to be huckleberry picking in Washington and specifically the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, keep these rules in mind:
- If you are picking berries, you will need a Free Use Berry Permit. The berries picked under this permit must be for personal consumption and not sold.
- You are required to print the permit, take it with you, and keep a log of the berry quantities you gather.
- You are only allowed to pick up to one gallon of berries in one day and up to three gallons of berries in one year. If you pick more than three gallons or decide to sell the berries, you will need a Charge Use Permit.
- You are not allowed to use tools such as rakes to remove berries.
- Make sure that you are in an area that allows huckleberry picking before you begin.
Book Your Stay During Huckleberry Season
It’s time to book your stay at Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins during huckleberry season. Our location on the border of Washington and Oregon gives you prime access to these delicious treats. Browse through our cozy cabins to start planning your trip. We even have dog-friendly options so you don’t have to leave your pup at home. It’s time to try the delicacy that has been in our area for hundreds of years when you come huckleberry picking in Washington.