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Wild Mushroom Forays

    • Sat, June 22, 2024
    • 10:00 AM
    • Sat, July 27, 2024
    • Stanislaus National Forest

    June/July 2024 Morel Mushroom Forays

    This is a guided mushroom foray where we walk in the forest with you, and you have time to ask questions and learn how to find "burn morel" mushrooms.  Max Hunter is a commercial forager, and has scouted the area we're going, he just sent me a report saying, "The morels are out now"!  So, its time to go!!

    We are going to the Stanislaus National Forest, which is North of Yosemite, and we will meet in the town of Tuolumne at 10am.  From there, it is an hour drive up the hills around 6,000ft-7,000ft elevation.  Some of of the trip will be dirt roads, and we will cross 2 shallow creeks.  Max has a small car, and has no problem getting through.  So it should be fine for everyone, but just wanted folks to know ahead that it will be a fun ride!

    This is a beautiful forest area, full of history.  I encourage you to spend the night in the area, if you can.  Sonora has the most choices for hotels.  The mushroom hunting grounds have been under snow all winter,  and are around 6000ft - 7000ft.   For July, we will be foraging around 8000ft elevation.  These June/July forays are in "1st year" fires (from 2023 forest fires), which is when morel mushrooms are the most plentiful.  2-year old and 3-year old fires can be OK too, but the morels usually get about 50% less plentiful each year.  This year the winter rain and snow was very good so we're seeing lots of mushrooms in the Sierra mountains.

    Foray leader:  Max Hunter

    The exact meet-up location will be emailed to you when you register.  We will assemble at 10am in the town of Tuolomne, take the Tuolomne Rd from Hwy 108 in Sonora.  Everyone will take their own vehicles (or carpool) together up to the high elevation burn for the afternoon.  We usually end the foray around 2pm, but you're welcome to stay as long as you like. 

    The national forests in CA usually do not require a permit to collect mushrooms as long as you're not selling them. 

    What you will learn:

    • How to recognize the habitat and trees associated with 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

    Final updates will be emailed to you before the foray.   And you can email me questions any time:


    Be prepared for moderate hiking, weather changes, and possible rain.  Good hiking shoes or boots are highly recommended.  Layered clothing is useful too.  Bug spray is nice to have if needed.  And bring a mushroom basket! 

    Downloading a GPS app on your phone like GAIA or AllTrails can track your walk 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.

    Other Mushrooms besides Morels:  There's often other edible mushrooms, such as Puffball mushrooms (usually Calvatia sculpta).  Sometimes "Spring King" Porcini (Boletus rex-veris) can be found, but usually these are a few weeks after the morels.  If possible, we'll try to recommend other places you might look.  

    We will also find non-edible mushrooms too.  Many mushrooms simply don't taste good, or are just "little brown mushrooms" that are too difficult to ID without a microscope.  You should be 100% sure of the species before you eat them.  Morels are very easy to identify, and safe for beginners.   All mushrooms in North America are safe to touch and pick up.  And there is no poison oak at the altitudes and locations where we are going.

    Hope you enjoy your morel mushroom hunt with Max!

Past events

Sat, May 18, 2024 Shasta "Spring King" Mushroom Foray
Sat, May 11, 2024 Sierra Morel Mushroom Forays - Spring 2024
Sat, February 03, 2024 Wild Mushroom Foray at Salt Point with Gregg Miller
Sat, December 30, 2023 Max Hunter - Commercial Mushroom Collection Forays
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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