Denying that blue grouse are weird is like saying bears don't you-know-what in the woods. Instead of heading for lower elevations with the approach of winter (like most forest creatures in their right minds) blue grouse go in the other direction. If you take up the challenge to go where only blue grouse dare, expect plenty of mountain hiking. Hiking? Yeah, right. Maybe for a six-legged goat wearing blue suede Gore-Tex sneakers. For a flatlander it's more like a hand-over-hand, wheezing, gasping, sputtering, hip-jarring Herculean trek to the top of Mount Olympus. But it's worth it.