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Blueberries in Alaska

Throughout the month of August blueberries become ripe and people go out picking! In fact, August is when most wild berries in Alaska become ripe including raspberries, crowberries, salmonberries, cloudberries, and more. There are two main precautions when picking berries in Alaska. The first is not to eat any berries that are white - these are poisonous. Another is to carry bear spray with you because they are avid berry pickers too. Berries are growing all across the state! If you're looking for a place to go, you won't have to look far. If you are locally at Bear Paw Adventure, just ask for the blueberry picking location and we have a private area to check out. Whittier, located between Homer and Anchorage, is a popular berry picking location for many types of berries. In Anchorage areas like Arctic Valley Ski Lodge, Flat Top Mountain, and more provide hiking and berry picking. North of Anchorage in the MatSu Valley you can find blueberries in Hatcher Pass along with an outstanding drive! And if you make the trek up to Denali, berries are plentiful throughout the national park. Once you have your blueberries, I would recommend this amazing blueberry bundt cake that was featured in the New York Times. It's a delicious way to enjoy the fruits of your labor!