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.
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.
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.
If you are going to be huckleberry picking in Washington and specifically the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, keep these rules in mind:
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.