It’s huckleberry heaven

huckleberriesThe aroma of huckleberries permeated the deep cedar woods along the North Fork of the Clearwater River, downtream from Kelly Creek.

We knew we were in huckleberry heaven as soon as we pulled up to our campsite, over the summit from Pierce,  and noticed all the bushes full of those beautiful blueish-red berries.

Sure, fishing was great for cutthroat trout in both rivers but huckleberry pancakes and huckleberries on our granola and huckleberries in a fruit salad really made the trip.

The crop of berries up north looked pretty good and the person at the U.S. Forest Service station at Kelly Creek also said it was a good year.

What’s it going to be like in southern Idaho. Well,  we can only wait and see. We were picking berries between 2,000 and 2,500 feet in elevation. The berries I saw at higher elevations were yet to come on.

Anyway, let’s hope for a good huckleberry season in South and Central Idaho.

Photo by Pete Zimowsky/Idaho Statesman

Posted in Into the Outdoors