The snowline in the Olympic Mountains typically stays at around 2,000-4,000 ft during January, leaving plenty of the valleys and lower river trails to explore for winter time medicinal supplies. In fact, some medicinal plants are better harvested in the winter time. For example, while you walk the forests, especially those environs boggy, fen like, or even near flowing water, keep your eyes peeled for Devils Club. A popular root medicinal here in the Pacific Northwest, you can learn more about it’s medicinal properties here:
Devil’s club is much more friendly to harvest in the winter, when it’s summer foliage has all but disappeared completely. We often find juvenile plants, having only one long stem, sticking straight up in a patch of other plants as if in a garden of thorny walking sticks – giving you a good idea why it goes by the name “Devils Club,” it’s central shaft is covered in painful barbs. The interior can be harvested, or you can stick to only harvest the root stock. For personal harvests, avoid collecting the entire root stock and harvest only small portion of the plants roots. Devil’s Club replicates itself based on it’s fruiting berries and by root stock division. Only collecting a small portion of the root stock will help ensure future generations of harvest.
Where to find it? Check-out this farm favorite trail, Silver Lake Trail, Olympic Mountains, Washington – Click Here For More Information