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Wild Mushroom Forays

    • Sat, December 30, 2023
    • 10:00 AM
    • Mon, July 15, 2024
    • 2:00 PM
    Register

    Forays with Max Hunter  

    Max is a commercial mushroom picker and travels all over Northern California and Oregon.  Max goes wherever the mushrooms are!

    You can join Max for a day, wherever he will be.  Max will take out a small group on Saturdays during the mushroom season.   

    Where is Max now? 

    • October 28 and Nov 3:  Max is in Prospect Oregon picking Chanterelles and Matsutake.  This may end early if it snows.
    • Nov 11 - Nov 25: Max is in Del Norte County, and Humboldt County, looking for Chanterelles.
    • Dec 2 - Dec 16, and on:  Max is in Mendocino County, looking for Chanterelles, Hedgeghogs, and Yellowfoot.


    Check his Facebook Page for recent updates

    Max only goes where he thinks you'll be able to fill your bucket with choice commercial-quality mushrooms.  Usually Max is collecting Chanterelles, Porcini, and Matsutaki during the Fall.  For the Winter months, its usually Candy Caps, Hedgehogs, Yellowfoot, and Black Trumpets.  And Morels in the Spring.  He is available for private groups, send an email to Ken@WalkintheWoods to schedule a private group. 

    What you will learn:
    • Habitats and timeframes for finding choice commercial edible mushrooms (sometimes includes berries and plants too)
    • Specific indicator plants/trees for each species of wild mushrooms
    • Identifying look-alike's, and other hazards (like poison oak).
    • Storage and dehydration tips
    • Wild Mushroom collecting regulations and limits

    Please be prepared travel to wherever Max will be (maybe a fairly long drive) and moderate hiking.  Prior foraging or mushroom hunting experience will help, but beginners are welcome!

    We also highly recommend downloading a GPS app on your phone like GAIA or AllTrails to track your location in the forest, so you don't get lost or turned around.  Other useful apps like iNaturalist can help you identify mushrooms and plants.








    • Sat, April 13, 2024
    • 10:00 AM
    • Sat, May 11, 2024
    • 2:00 PM
    • Tahoe National Forest
    Register

    Sierra Morel Mushroom Forays
    This is a guided mushroom foray where you have time to ask questions and learn how to find "burn morel" mushrooms.  We will take you to pre-scouted locations in US National Forests to look for morels, which sprout after forest fires in the Sierra mountains.  These delicious fungi can be prolific, if conditions are right.  We will also look for "Spring King" boletes (aka Porcini), if they are sprouting, usually 3 weeks after morels, if conditions are right.

    Spring 2024 locations will be East of Sacramento on either Hwy 50 or Hwy 80 in the Sierra Foothills.  We will be scouting ahead, and will email the exact locations a week before the foray. 

    What you will learn:
    • How to recognize the habitat for burn morels, and other fungi
    • Indicator plants and other fungi that typically signal morels are nearby
    • Identifying look-alike's that are NOT morels (Morchella species group).
    • Cooking instructions (Don't eat raw morels!)
    • Storage and dehydration tips
    • Permits are not necessary as long as you're not selling your mushrooms

    Details will be emailed to you the week before the foray.   And you can email me questions any time: ken@walkinthewoods.co,
    or Facebook Messenger:  facebook.com/walkinthewoods.co


    We will be going to the Tahoe and El Dorado National Forests this year.  Exact locations will be determined after scouting the prior weeks.  So, an exact meet-up location will be sent by email/text the week before your foray.  We meet at 10am, and Ken Buegeleisen will take the group (in your own cars) to various locations in the National Forests.  Be prepared for moderate hiking, cool weather, and possible rain.  And bring a mushroom basket!

    NOTE: We cannot guarantee you'll find edible mushrooms, but we give you all the information you need to find them.   "Spring King" boletes emerge later in the season than morels, so the early forays in April/May may not find these (but we'll show you where to look).  Edible Puffball mushrooms (Calvatia sculpta) and various cup fungi are also fairly common.

    We also highly recommend downloading a GPS app on your phone like GAIA or AllTrails to track your location in the forest, so you don't get lost or turned around.  Other useful apps like iNaturalist can help you identify mushrooms and plants you may find.

Past events

Sat, February 03, 2024 Wild Mushroom Foray at Salt Point with Gregg Miller
Sat, December 30, 2023 Wild Mushroom Foray at Pt. Reyes with Ken Buegeleisen
Sun, July 02, 2023 Sierra Spring Mushroom Walk - Sun July 2, 2023
Sat, June 24, 2023 Sierra Spring Mushroom Walk - Sat June 24, 2023
Sun, June 11, 2023 Morel Foray - Sun June 11, 2023
Sat, June 10, 2023 Morel Foray - Sat June 10, 2023
Sun, May 28, 2023 Morel Foray - Sun May 28, 2023
Sat, May 27, 2023 Morel Foray - Sat May 27, 2023
Sat, May 13, 2023 Morel Foray - Sat May 13, 2023
Sun, February 12, 2023 Salt Point Wild Mushroom Foray - Sun Feb 12th, 2023
Sun, January 22, 2023 Salt Point Wild Mushroom Foray - Sun Jan 22nd, 2023
Sun, January 01, 2023 Point Reyes Wild Mushroom Foray - Sun Jan 1st, 2023
Sat, December 03, 2022 Salt Point Wild Mushroom Foray - Sat Dec 3rd, 2022
Sat, November 26, 2022 Salt Point Wild Mushroom Foray - Sat Nov 26th, 2022
Fri, November 25, 2022 Point Reyes Wild Mushroom Foray - Black Friday Nov 25th, 2022
Sun, November 13, 2022 Point Reyes Wild Mushroom Foray - Sun Nov 13th, 2022
Sat, November 12, 2022 Sonoma Coast Porcini Foray - Sat Nov 12th, 2022
Tue, October 18, 2022 Sonoma Coast Porcini Foray - Tuesday Oct 18th, 2022
Sat, October 15, 2022 Sonoma Coast Porcini Foray - Sat Oct 15th, 2022
Sat, June 11, 2022 Sierra Morel Foray - Sat June 11th, 2022
Sat, June 04, 2022 Sierra Morel Foray - Sat June 4th, 2022
Sat, May 28, 2022 Sierra Morel Foray - Sat May 28, 2022
Sat, May 21, 2022 Sierra Morel Foray - Sat May 21, 2022
Sat, May 14, 2022 Sierra Morel Foray - Sat May 14, 2022
Sat, May 07, 2022 Sierra Morel Foray - Sat May 7, 2022
Sat, April 30, 2022 Sierra Morel Foray - Sat April 30, 2022
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