Big Joy 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. Typically huckleberries are available mid July through August, dependent upon Mother Nature! Thank you!
Huckleberry E-Bike Rides
This summer, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are changing things up in our search for huckleberries! Instead of our shuttle offering, we are opting for a more socially distanced experience with an e-bike ride to the hucks!
E-bikes give a little assistance and generally allow the rider to go a further than they would otherwise. While no experience is necessary, an adventurous spirit is! We’ll explore an 8-10 mile loop, roughly a 2 ½- 3 hour ride, with the goal of finding the best huckleberry picking spots on the mountain and of course with plenty of time to gather some delicious treats to take home! Riders should be prepared to ride on uneven dirt trails with some loose rock and debris in places. We will get dusty and dirty with bright smiles!
TIME & COST:
Ride lasts from 1pm - 4pm
$60 per person
5"2" height minimum, 260 lb maximum
For more information or questions, call the Activity Center at 208-255-3081