Big joy sometimes comes in little berries
Take in majestic views of Lake Pend Oreille and the surrounding mountain ranges while you feast your taste buds on delicious bursts of huckleberry goodness. Whether or not you've ever enjoyed these iconic Northwest berries, you are in for a tangy, sweet and tart treat! Our typical huckleberry season lasts from late July until August but this can vary depending on current weather & seasonal conditions.
Sweetness worth stopping for! Eating these berries may make you forget that you came for a hike and two hours later you could find yourself only 100 feet down the trail with a full belly and a silly purple smile!
Schweitzer's hiking trails offer options ranging from an easy stroll to a heart pounding workout. You can find yourself in old growth forests, wildflower filled mountainside meadows, or alongside bubbling streams. Any way you go be ready to enjoy fantastic views and nature at it's finest. Numerous types of wildlife make their homes here and if you're lucky they may show themselves.
Stop at the Summer Activity Center before you head out and pick up a trail map and ask the staff about possible huckleberry picking shuttles on the weekends. Plus the folks there have a wealth of insider tips on the best trails to suit your day, and important safety information too!
*Please note that the use of rakes or tools when collecting berries is not allowed at Schweitzer. Hand picking only. Thank you!
Starting in July and lasting until the berries fade, roughly August, join us on our Huckleberry Shuttle! Just show up with your own bucket and we’ll take you to a hot picking spot with very little hiking required. Total trip time lasts about 1½-2 hours.
The group will meet at the village bus stop at 9am on Saturdays but you must reserve your spot by Friday, the day before, at 4pm! Just call the Activity Center at 208-255-3081 to reserve your spot!
Cost is $5 per family and kids 12 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Happy picking!