How to Pick Huckleberries in Idaho


There are two kinds of huckleberries that grow in the United States, eastern and western. The eastern variety of huckleberries grows in the south and in the Appalachian Mountains. The western variety of huckleberries grows around the northwestern U.S., including Oregon, Washington and Idaho, according to the University of Idaho. Huckleberries are perennial shrubs that grow well in acidic soil. They grow in the mountains of Idaho, not in the lower grasslands, and ripen from mid-July to August.

Step 1

Find a location that has ripe huckleberry bushes. In Idaho, huckleberries grow in the mountains. Drive into the forest and search for a forest service road with huckleberry bushes along the side of it. Most people are rather tight-lipped about the location of huckleberries because they are such a valuable resource.

Step 2

Hike into the woods until you discover a huckleberry patch. Look for huckleberries in places with a southern exposure.

Step 3

Gently remove the berries from bushes with your fingers. Be sure not to squeeze the huckleberries too tightly. Only pick ripe huckleberries. If they give in your finger slightly, they are ripe enough to pick. If they are hard, leave them on the plant to ripen.

Step 4

Place the huckleberries into your bucket.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • Forest service map


  • University of Idaho: Huckleberries and Bilberries
  • Sandpoint, ID: Picking Huckleberries in the Mountains --- Sandpoint, Idaho
  • Windows Live: Huckleberry Pickin'
  • State Handbook and Guide: Idaho Symbols, Fruit: Huckleberry

Who Can Help

  • Wild Huckleberry Association
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