Big Huckleberry Mountain

HARD 9 reviews

Big Huckleberry Mountain is a 10.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Carson, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

10.4 miles
2,929 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


trail running



wild flowers

It's located about 10mi NE of Carson, WA. You just go past Stevenson on Highway 14, and head up. There are some serious potholes on this road. Most cars with standard clearance will be ok, but minivans, lowriders, or big 'ol American cars are going to have problems. Here are directions:

5 months ago

Aside from the first mile, I wouldn’t vouch for this hike as being hard. I’d classify this moderate. Despite some overgrown spots on the trail, it’s a nice blend between mostly shady and a few wide open (dry) areas with nice views of Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood. You can spot the backside of Dog Mountain, too.

We only ran into six people in our in-n-out on a Saturday morning/early afternoon in early August. Good for some quiet time in what seems like a crowded time for hiking.

6 months ago

Steep first mile into a nice rolling hike. Great views of Hood and Adams. Plenty of sun to shade. Parts of the trail are overgrown for 40-50M at a time. Road is in good shape. Having a ground clearance is crucial. Lots of flowers.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Hiked 06/28/17 to lots of wildflowers. Good views of Mt Hood and Mt Adams.

trail running
Monday, October 17, 2016

Agree with the pothole descriptions and the rating. Did a trail run there in October in the rain so I missed the flowers, but only bumped into 2 people (with rifles, wear orange!) over the 10+ miles. Trail is nicely groomed and easy to find once parked however to clarify; it starts on the opposite side of the parking. Don't be confused about left and right in the description. No wildlife to see other than birds however that could be secondary to people shooting. If you are looking for views, don't go when the fog and rain set in. Overall, good trail. Enjoy!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Backpacked from Crest Horse camp to Rd 2000~30 miles on Memorial Day weekend. The section from the Big Lava Bed to Big Huckleberry Mt was amazing! Beautiful, beautiful forest, lots of wildflowers and easy walking. No water after the spring till Trout Creek, almost 11 miles.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Longer, harder, and infinitely more rewarding than Dog Mountain, your legs will feel this one. And it's worth every step: the vast mountain meadows and wildflower displays are almost Rainier-calibre. It's within 30 minutes of Dog, and you don't have to dodge trail runners and tourists while parking and hiking. It's also out there enough that you just might run into an elk or black bear. Conveniently, both species are highly intelligent and detest tourists and trail runners. They like hikers, though--they think hikers are *the* coolest.

Though the overall elevation gain is only 1400, it's all ups and downs and you end-up with about 3000ft of total gain. It's no Mt. Defiance, but it's a burner for sure. It's also 100% worth it.

And if you're sick of seeing Hood everywhere you go in The Gorge, how about some impressive views of Adams instead? They abound. But don't worry, you can still have your Hood shots. You can take 'em from a 10 acre mountain meadow replete with wildflowers so lush you'll swear you were in The Sound of Music. H£ll, there's a lot of wilderness up there: Julie Andrews just might pop-out from behind a rock.

Getting there, there are lots of sizable potholes on the final two miles of (gravel) road. Your Subaru will be fine, your lowrider will not. Sell that thing already: no one likes your six-foot spoiler anyhow. Then buy your new Subaru, wear Danners and flannel, and annoy everyone you know with your newfound (and pompous) outdoorsiness. At least that'll be less offensive than your giant "performance" muffler, right?

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Saturday, May 13, 2017

recorded partial trek due to fog!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016