In late July and August, as the region’s high country trails hit their peak, Mother Nature provides another enticement to get into the mountains: huckleberries. These purple-colored cousins to the blueberry have resisted any attempts at cultivation, so the only place to get them is in the wild. And while some pickers are fiercely protective of their spots, we’re happy to share a couple of the best-known—and bike-friendly—huckleberry trails in the Inland Northwest.
Look, you’re not going to be setting any Strava PRs on these rides. But it’s hot and dusty anyway. You may as well grab that other PR (that stands for “pie recipe”). Bring an extra water bottle to store your haul, and a bike bell to alert other huckleberry pickers—whether two- or four-legged—of your presence. And pick a little off trail (within reason—see that warning above about bears) unless you like your berries with a crunchy coating of trail dust.