A huckleberry is a relative of the blueberry. Like the blueberry, huckleberries can be picked and eaten in the wild. Roughly 160,000 acres support huckleberries in Oregon and Washington, making it an ideal location to pick huckleberries.
When to Pick
Huckleberries ripen in late August and September. Huckleberries require plenty of sunshine to ripen properly.
Where to Pick
Huckleberries grow in the Cascade mountain range (Mount Hood, Crater Lake, etc.) and in the Coast Range (200 coastal miles from the Columbia River to the Coquille River). Good picking spots vary from year to year, so you should call a ranger station in one of the national forests and ask for the best picking location.
Huckleberries generally grow on slopes in open areas where there is plenty of sunshine. In addition, Beargrass, Serviceberry, Hemlock, and Pacific Silver Fir are all plants that indicate that huckleberries are nearby.