Cinnabar Cystoderma (photo by Wendell Wood)

Interpretive Fungi Hike (PDX-based)

Learn about mycology on this interpretive tour with guest hike leader Mary Vogel! 

Difficulty: Easy
Distance: Up to 8 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 0-600 feet
Leader: Mary Vogel and Gaby Diaz
Shepherd: Alex Harris
Location: Mount Hood National Forest, exact location TBD (carpools depart from Portland)

Join us on this special interpretive tour focused on fungi with long-term mycological societies member, Mary Vogel! The final location of this hike is still to-be-determined, but hiking distance may be up to 8 miles with elevation gain only 600 feet. If there is snow at the elevation planned for Mount Hood National Forest, we will likely go to the Coast Range. Details will be given closer to the date of the trip for those that RSVP.

RSVP here!

On the hike day, plan to dress in light, quick-drying layers (no cotton!) and come prepared for patches of light rain with temperatures in the 40s.

For your pack, plan to bring: 

  • a loud whistle, as we will disperse briefly from the trail to search the forest floor 
  • the 10 essentials for safe hiking 
  • a somewhat porous cloth bag or basket
  • a Mount Hood mushroom permit if you have one
  • wax paper bags if you plan to collect
  • A $5-$10 gas contribution for your carpool driver (or volunteer to drive others!)

After signing up, please email Gaby at to indicate whether you can drive (4wd is not required) and whether you have a mushroom permit. Please plan on a full day - we may stop for a drink or some food on the way back.

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Photo by Wendell Wood.