Hiking Hungry Mountain, at least at the peak of huckleberry season, requires willpower more than hiking stamina. Give in to temptation, and hikers may never reach the namesake peak. For those who are willing to hike hungry rather than fill up on the purple trailside bounty, Hungry Mountain rewards visitors with picturesque views toward the Idaho Selkirks. Nab the peak first, and save the berries for the return to the trailhead.
The trail begins at its high point, making the first mile down also the toughest mile back. However, since the trail follows a ridge out to Hungry Mountain, the rest of the route consists of a series of gradual ups and downs that occasionally gives hikers glimpses of the surrounding country: the Pend Oreille River drainage to the west, and the Priest River drainage to the east. All along the route, interesting rock outcroppings add to trailside interest. Hikers are more apt to see wildlife than other trail visitors, at least until the word gets out about those huckleberries.
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