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Silver Star Indian Pits

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One of the Silver Star Indian Pits (Jess Beauchemin)
Vaccinium membranosum aka Black Huckleberries (cfm)


Located in a scree field on a southern ridge of Silver Star Mountain, the "Indian Pits" are 3-5 foot deep depressions made by moving and rearranging the local rocks. The panoramic view here rivals the view from the summit of Silver Star itself. There are at least a dozen of these rock pits. It is believed that Native American peoples created these pits. The generally accepted theory is that they were religious sites, where young men would go in search of a vision quest. Other possible purposes include food storage areas and places for hunters to hide.

They can be accessed via a one mile hike on the Indian Pit Trail #180E, which begins south of the Silver Star summit where the old Sturgeon Rock Trail comes in. The route takes you through huge patches of huckleberries which ripen in September.

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