Morel Mushroom Hunting for Everyone - Explore! Morel Mushroom Hunting for Everyone - Explore!

Morel Mushroom Hunting for Everyone

Two Morels on the Forest Floor

Gourmet Morel Mushrooms for Free . . .

Pathfinder with a tiny morel.

Even a tiny morel helps your Pathfinder relive a joyous primal memory.

Our early ancestors survived by foraging for wild foods.  Many of us relive a deeply buried memory of that heritage when we experience the joy in successfully finding, and ultimately consuming, a gourmet wild edible.  Morel mushrooms are a premier delicacy in many parts of the world.

The abilities to navigate safely in the forest, to see through camouflage and to know morel macro- and micro-habitats are necessary if you want to return safely with your morels.  These are all  traits of good explorers.

The good eating that comes with a successful hunt is the prize that motivates many to explore for mushrooms.  The discovery of new places, terrain, and views comes with the adventure.  Whatever motivates you, mushroom hunting, and morel hunting in particular, is a great excuse to get out and explore.

Morel Habitats and Behavior

In some places morels appear in old apple orchards and a variety of other habitats, but in the Oregon Cascade Mountains and much of the western United States, they appear in coniferous forests.  But not, as you might expect, in pristine forests.   To find  mushrooms you must have a basic understanding of their habitats and behavior.

Basic Morel Biology

First of all,  the mushroom itself is but a fruit of a much larger ‘tree’ made up of thousands of miles of tiny strands of underground mycelia.  In fact,  the largest living organism ever found  was a mushroom.  Not the individual fruit, but the normally unseen mycelia that arose from spores and spread through the soil over thousands of acres.

It is particularly interesting that, unlike plants,  mushrooms are sexual beings.  An individual spore can sprout and grow its mycelium, but it cannot reproduce until it comes into direct contact (unlike plants) and mates with a compatible mycelium.  Once mated, it can produce mushrooms we see and they, in turn, distribute spores to continue the process.  The mycelia typically produces mushrooms when it is stressed.  This is its effort to sustain the race by producing offspring.  The key to finding morels is understanding the stressors that lead to fruiting.

Morel Macro-Habitats



Successful morel hunters in the coniferous forests have long known to look in areas that had burned in the previous year.  Research suggests that morel mushrooms can live for awhile without a connection to a tree, but that they do better when they tap into tree rootlets to obtain nourishment and provide minerals to the tree.  This symbiotic relationship is beneficial to both the mushroom and the tree.  When the tree dies suddenly, like in a forest fire, the mushroom is stressed over the loss of its food supply and produces mushrooms in an effort to put spores in the air that can travel to more hospitable environments.  So,  burned over areas are good places to look for morels.

Morel Habitat

Exploring some less-than-pristine habitat in search of the elusive morel mushroom.

Timber harvest also kills trees and can have the same effect as a forest fire, as far as morel production goes.  In fact,  our adventure took us to an area  where the timber had recently been thinned.  There is a lot of thinning taking place in the forests of the western United States.  Commercial timber harvest has been significantly reduced over the last couple of decades leading to trees becoming crowded and the biomass levels rising to unprecedented levels.  In order to reduce the likelihood of extremely severe wildfires that can lay waste to entire forests, foresters have been removing some of the trees to reduce the level of biomass and increase the health of the trees that remain.  As a result,  morel hunters have a lot of places to look.

Mushroom growers exploit the relationship between morel fruiting and dead trees.  In 2005, Stewart C. Miller even patented a process for growing morels that involves inoculating tree seedlings with morel mycelium, allowing the mycelium to grow, then killing the seedlings to induce the morels to fruit. Read all about it in US Patent 6,907,691B2 (PDF – 186K).



Morels grow in the spring.  The snow must be gone and the soil must be warm enough and damp enough. Researchers developing techniques to farm morels have found that a  flood of water is necessary to induce fruiting.  It’s the melting snow that provides the water the wild mushrooms need.  Soil temperature is also important.  Morel metabolism doesn’t kick into gear until the weather warms a bit.  This is about the same time of the year as lilacs start to bloom.  As a result,  the first morels are typically found in lower, sunnier areas.   As the year progresses,  they can be found farther and farther up the mountains.

Morel Micro-Habitats

Once in an area likely to have morels, you must begin to think about the micro-habitats that produce morels.  First,  morels sprout from the ground.  They do not grow in trees or from logs like many mushrooms.  Second, disturbed ground that provides evidence of damage to the morel mycelia generally produces more morels.  Third, slightly lower areas that held a bit more water from the melting snow seem to produce better.  Look for ruts in the ground caused by logging equipment.

Look in the most disturbed areas you can find – even around slash piles – as long as there are some needles and twigs over bare soil.  Then, look all around.  Sometimes morels pop up where you would not expect to see them.    Note that if you find one mushroom,  there are probably more, so focus more closely on the ground all around your find.

Two morels in their micro habitat.

Two morels in their micro habitat.

What does a morel look like?

Morels are one of the easiest mushrooms to identify because they lack the traditional cap, gills (or pores) and stem of the more common mushrooms.  Review the photos here to get a good idea of their general appearance.

False Morel (Gyromitra esculenta)


Can morels be confused with poisonous mushrooms?

Yes, if you are not careful!  The photo to the right is a false morel, known scientifically as Gyromitra esculenta.  We found it on the same day and in the same habitat where we picked the true morels shown elsewhere on this page.

According to Tom Volk a mycologist at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, this mushroom causes two to four percent of all mushroom poisonings.  Some people eat it after repeatedly boiling it to remove the toxins, but I recommend that you avoid it.  It is clearly not the morel for which we are searching.

Besides the color, note how the texture is formed by wavy, folding ridges rather than by sharper ridges that enclose depressions or pits.  Verpa bohemica, or the early morel, is also a false morel and looks much more like a true morel than the Gyromitra species.

One way to be sure you have a morel is to look at the mushroom after you cut it half lengthwise.  The cap of a true morel is attached to the stem for its entire length.  The false morels have caps that are separate from the stem at the bottom so they look more like an actual cap sitting atop the stem.

Using Your Eyes and Nose to Find Morels

Morels are very good at camouflage.  You will find pine cones on the ground if you are in a coniferous forest.  In an upright position,  these cones can appear nearly identical to a morel, especially in the subdued light of the forest.  Their coloring and texture allow morels to hide well among the dirt and needles of the forest floor.  This is especially true in a burned area.

As you can see in the photos, these morels are quite dark and even have edges that appear burned.  I have had my eyes on a morel only to look up and then back down to be unable to find the mushroom.  Some people say they run and hide.  They certainly can be elusive.  A different perspective often helps.  The photos below show two views of the same mushroom.  From the top it’s a bit hard to discern; from a different angle it becomes more obvious.  Because of the difficulty in seeing morels and changing perspective, a picker following another picker can often find mushrooms the first picker missed.

One morel, two perspectives.

One morel, two perspectives.

Mushrooms have distinctive odors. If your nose is sensitive enough,  you can use it to find morels, or at least get you close enough to find them by sight.

Our Morel Adventure

Our adventure began at the office of the Klamath Ranger District of the Fremont-Winema National Forests.  In the United States, the National Forests are public lands and anyone can forage for wild edibles in them for little to no cost.  As long as the edibles are for personal use.  If you plan to sell your mushrooms, you enter into the arena of commercial use and must purchase a permit.  We were at the Ranger Station to pick up our free-use permit.  Individuals can face a large fine if caught possessing mushrooms without one on the Deschutes, Umpqua, Willamette and Fremont-Winema National Forests of central and southern Oregon.

Other National Forests and other public lands have different rules.  For example,  the Rogue River National Forest allows possession of up to two gallons of mushrooms without a permit.  Our permit allowed each of us to pick up to 2 gallons of mushrooms per day for any ten days of the season.  You are also required to cut your morels lengthwise and separate the halves. The open market wants only whole mushrooms.

Two Morels

Two Morels

With our permits in hand, we set out on the search.  Our party included Pathfinder Jerry,  Chief Scout Trish, Chief Scout’s sis Tamera and her three kids – Nicholas (age 8), Annie (age 7) and Jayden (age 3).  Morels are a spring mushroom that appears as soil temperatures rise.  We had heard, that in early May they were starting to appear in the Rocky Point vicinity west of Klamath Falls, Oregon.

We searched several disturbed areas of the forest in the vicinity of Rocky Point.   Don’t expect a more detailed location – morel hunters rarely reveal such details.  Further,  if you arrive at a given location a week or two late,  you won’t see any mushrooms.  A terrific mushroom patch will be a disappointment if you are there when the mushrooms aren’t.

Mushroom patches also move from year to year.  While a burned area or timber harvest area might produce morels for a year or two, they soon stop producing and mushroom hunters must move on.  This adventure  simply requires some exploration on your own.  We spent the better part of an afternoon, first finding only a couple of morels higher in the mountains before dropping lower to find more.  A hundred feet of elevation can make a big difference.

Tamara used her nose to tell us there were morels around a couple of slash piles.  She was right on.  Although morels are less odiferous than other mushrooms,  Tamara is good at detecting them. We found several morels close to the edge of the slash piles, but we had to move some of the debris to uncover them.  If you have the need to move branches on a slash pile, please toss them higher on the pile rather than scattering them around.  Those piles cost a lot to make and tearing them apart is vandalism.

Upon setting off across the forest we came upon more morels hiding in the detritus on the forest floor in many of the micro-habitats described above.  Although we spent a lot of the afternoon exploring unproductive areas, we collected a couple pounds of morels and enjoyed a great walk in the woods. One last note.  Please cook your morels.  Chitin is the building block of mushroom cells.  It is quite difficult for people to digest.  Cooking allows your body to gain the full benefits of the mushrooms while greatly enhancing their taste.  In addition, some people get very ill eating raw morels.

More Information

The U.S. Forest Service published a book entitled “Ecology and Management of Morels Harvested From the Forests of Western North America.” You can download it in four parts:

Tom Volk offers a lot of information in his article “Fungus of the Month” for April 1997. If you’d like to try growing your own,  be sure to study the links collected by The Mushroom Growers’ Newsletter. For information on cooking morels see the “Mushroom Appreciation” website.


The text, video and all photos, except as noted below, are by Jerry Haugen, Pathfinder, and ©2011 Global Creations LLC.  The photo of the plate of mushrooms below is by Trish Haugen, Chief Scout, and ©2011 Global Creations LLC.  The photos of your Pathfinder and the false morel are ©2011 by Tamara Campbell and used here with permission. The soundtrack of the video uses the song “I Just Enjoy Morels Too Much.” Zoe Wood and Larry Evans wrote the song and Zoe Wood performed it.  Larry gave us permission to use it.  If you like the tune, please buy the Fungal Boogie CD with 13 songs about mushrooms. Morels on a Plate

240 Responses to “Morel Mushroom Hunting for Everyone”

  1. Jerry Haugen says:

    Hi Nicole,
    It’s always a good time to look, however whether you find any morels depends a lot about where you are looking. There are morels appearing in the eastern half of the U.S. with some as far north as Wisconsin and Michigan. They stared appearing in far northern California and the western parts of Oregon and Washington last month. I’m on the east side of the Cascades in Oregon and at 4000 feet and above it’s a little early to be finding any. The snow is mostly gone and the remainder is melting fast, but the ground hasn’t warmed quite enough. Some people claim the time to go hunting is when the lilacs bloom, you might give that a try wherever you are located.

  2. Nicole says:

    Is it still a good time to look? I’m wanting to go a pick some by next weekend.

  3. Your Pathfinder says:

    Hi Nicole,
    If you want to head toward the Cascades, there should be morels appearing. To find a good place to try: Google “inciweb” followed by your favorite National Forest’s name and 2019. Inciweb lists all the wildfires, so this should get you to wildfires on that particular national forest last year. The fire reports typically have details on the location and extent of each fire. Morels typically pop up for a year or two after a fire.

    Chris Matherly collects finding reports from morel hunters across the U.S. and compiles them into a progression map. The maps display, roughly, where the morels were found and when. That gives you a good idea when to start looking in your area of interest see You can join Chris’ Morel Mushroom Hunting Club for $20 to get current maps and more:

    You might also check out The Great Morel website. It has a gallery ( this years’ morel sighting photos. Click one to find when and where, roughly, it was taken.

    Happy Hunting!

  4. Nicole says:

    Found this site, I am new to foraging and would like to know how to find even one little morel. I’d be super happy. I tried looking towards the coast on the 26 and found nothing. It seemed too chilly last month. We came home empty-handed. Any advice for 2020? Thanks

  5. Your Pathfinder says:

    Hi Isaac,
    Thank you for the kind words. For recent burn area maps, try the InciWeb Incident Information System. For example:
    This page is about the East Crater Fire that burned last fall. The search system there doesn’t work very well, but try using Google to search for
    inciweb gifford pinchot
    You will find links to additional burns.
    Happy Hunting!

  6. isaac sloan says:

    I love the site and all the info you have put together. Thank you Pathfinder!!
    Can you help point me in the direction in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest? When I was a young boy I use to go out with my grandpa in the Packwood/Randle area. I now live in Tacoma area and hoping to travel that direction out through Eatonville/Morton. Any help or possibly a link to access some Burn maps maybe?
    Thank you in advance!!! Any info is greatly appreciated! Thank you, Isaac

  7. Ivy says:

    I found some in Terrebone oregon on April 18th. Several small patches. First time picking.

  8. Andrea says:

    Hello! Does anyone know if Stub Stewart Park near Vernonia has any good picking areas? Also, are there any places near Portland on the Washington side to look? Possibly near Ape Caves?

  9. Your Pathfinder says:

    Hi Jade,

    It looks promising to me. Be aware that many recreation sites in the burn area remain under a closure order due to post-fire hazards such as fire-weakened trees and potential rockfall and landslides. To check the status of recreation sites or learn more about Eagle Creek Fire Response, visit the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area website. Regardless of where you are in this burn area or any other, watch for falling trees (when you least expect them), holes from burned out stumps, landslides, rockfall, and debris flow, which can be triggered by heavy rainfall or freeze/thaw cycles. Various maps may be found here.


  10. Jade says:

    I was wondering if the cascade locks eagle creel fire will be good to pick? I am for the columbia river gorge and want to pick.

  11. Your Pathfinder says:

    Hi Lawna,

    Should be more coming soon! We’re at 4,000 feet – could be awhile here.


  12. Lawna House says:

    Today, 3-26-18, I just saw a couple of newly sprouted morels in sunlight under the oaks (somewhat wild terrain) next to the driveway. We’re at under 1,000 feet in Southern Oregon and have been having frequently foggy or cloudy, sometimes freezing and snowy, nights and some days up to the 50s.

  13. Your Pathfinder says:

    Hi Kristen,

    Thanks for the info. Everyone, you can find the book at the Modern Forager website. If you want maps from 2-year-old burns and you have a gmail address, you can get those free by asking modforager at


  14. Hi Jerry,
    I really enjoyed your article! Very thorough and nice visuals. I wanted to let you know we have published an e-book packaged with burn morel maps for CA, OR, WA and ID. We spend hours importing data and then curating the information to get rid of fires that are not ideal for various reasons. Let me know if you are interested in learning more. Thanks!

  15. Your Pathfinder says:

    Hi Chase,

    I don’t know of any specific locations. Follow the instructions in my May 25, 2016 comment, below, to find some possibilities.

    Happy hunting!

  16. Chase Sears says:

    Hello I’m new to model mushroom hunting . I live in kitsap county area. Have you heard or do you know of any places to look?

  17. Your Pathfinder says:

    Hi Dena,

    I recommend that you get connected with the Cascade Mycological Society. They have a meeting tomorrow April 19 at the Amazon Community Center (2700 Hilyard St in Eugene) from 7 to 9 PM.

    For others that may be looking to learn more about mushrooms in general, there are lots of clubs around. Check out the list of those related to the North American Mycological Association.

    Have fun!

  18. Dena says:

    So many posts ..I’m trying to find all types of mushrooms there’s maps.. I just don’t honestly know where to begin ..I am in the middle of… crescent camp Eugene Oregon …looking to join a mushroom group …don’t be shy ..for any helpful hints .. it’s been a cold winter and I’m ready to pick mushrooms ..for myself …& My money pocket ..and get some fresh air …any gals feeling the same way … Send me a hi …call me the lost mushroom girl so I know the message is for me …any guys with good advice send the lost mushroom girl some advice sincerly… lost mushroom girl …

  19. Your Pathfinder says:

    Hi Logan,
    Thanks for the kind words. In March there were some Oregon finds along the Coast Range. Not many reports yet for April, but it they do seem to be moving to higher elevations.
    Happy hunting!

  20. Logan says:

    Hey Thanks for this! Just got a pic of some mammoth sized morels from a friend in Southern Oregon….. I have yet to see anything in the state other than a couple false morels near bandon..

  21. Your Pathfinder says:

    Hi Julia,

    Thank you for the kind words and the link. That web page offers some excellent advice and will be especially useful to those in Colorado.


  22. Julia says:

    Hey, thank you for this article. It’s beyond helpful. The SW region area is getting ready to flourish with mushrooms (hopefully)

    I found this link helpful as well.

    Happy Hunting

  23. Your Pathfinder says:

    Hi Stan,
    It looks like people are still finding them there.
    Happy hunting!

  24. stan says:

    Hey Jerry, are morels still growing in north carolina or is it too late in the season? Thanks for all the great info.

  25. Your Pathfinder says:

    Hi Andrea,

    Yes, morels are often found in urban areas. The usually come up in mulch and are typically ‘blond’ morels, rather than the black morels featured in our story.

    Enjoy your morels!


  26. Andrea S says:

    Hi Jerry,
    Do morels often pop up in urban settings? We HAVE had a very wet winter….and I just found 3 beautiful morels in my yard in inner city N Portland!

  27. Your Pathfinder says:

    Hi Natalia,

    Your time frame seems plausible. There have been some morels found on the coast, but not from burns. Nothing attractive happening yet at the higher elevations.

    Chris Matherly is putting together current and projected maps for morel hunters. He also has some maps from last year posted. You can find the maps here: at the bottom of the age.

    If you want to study and not pick, you might check out the Crater Lake Science Center ( ). The park had a nice burn in the summer of 2015 that might be producing.

    Happy hunting.


  28. Natalia says:

    Dear Jerry,

    Thanks for your knowledge! I’m interested in studying burn morel micro-habitats across larger-scale burns in the PNW and could use some advice on planning my trip as I’m from the East coast.

    I’ve checked out fires on inciweb, and the Pioneer Burn in Idaho looks most promising, however I am wondering if you’ve heard of any other potential sites in Oregon, Idaho, Washington, or wherever attracting pickers and buyers. Secondly, does May 12 through June 1 sounds like a plausible timeframe for the burn morel season in Oregon and Idaho? I’m hoping it’s not too early.

    thank you thank you

  29. Your Pathfinder says:

    Hi Lee,

    Reports are starting to come in from across the country, but I haven’t heard anything from Oregon yet. They should be arriving soon in the Medford area.

    Happy Hunting!

  30. Lee says:

    Yo what’s up any luck in Applegate southern Oregon yet ?

  31. Your Pathfinder says:

    Hi David,

    You may be able to find some blonde morels in mulched areas around town. For black morels you’ll need to check out recent burned areas or areas with some timber harvest as discussed i the story. To find last year’s burned areas see my May 25, 2016 comment.

    Happy hunting!

  32. David Anderson says:

    Hey Jerry,
    I do a lot of chanterelle hunting, but unfortunately those are fall mushrooms. I would like to dabble in morels and spring kings but I don’t know where to go. I live on the oregon coast in Warrenton. Where would be a good place to start? Thank you.

  33. Your Pathfinder says:

    Hi Robbo,
    Sorry, but it’s pretty rare to find morels in Mississippi – nothing like your area. In years when they are found in Mississippi, they seem to show up in March at the far northern end of the state. It’s possible that the tornadoes going through there have stirred things up enough to get some fruiting, but it’s hard to say.
    Best wishes,

  34. Robbo says:

    I lived in southwest wis, and I mushroom hunt big time. This year I will be in Mississippi during wis prime time. Does mississippi come close to the northeast ia and southwest wis yields??

  35. Your Pathfinder says:

    Hi Julie,
    Color is not a good indicator of when to pick a morel. In general, if you find one and it’s large enough to be worthwhile, pick it before someone else gets it. Since they are in your yard, you might check them out tomorrow and see if they get any larger. The idea is to wait until they stop growing so they are as large as possible.

  36. Hi Jerry,

    I live in Los Angeles, and just found a couple of Morels in my yard, growing out of the mulch! Currently, they are a little darker on the insides of their lobes, and lighter on the outside. Should I wait until this changes to get them at peak ripeness, or are they close enough to it now.



  37. Hi Dale,

    There are morels, but apparently not many as they aren’t reported very often. Morels where found in the middle of Alabama and southern Arkansas last March. March is probably a good time to be poking around Alabama, especially if you can find habitats similar to what you found in Illinois. Some were reported in far northern Mississippi in March of 2014, around Desoto in March of 2012, near Ethel in March of 2011 and Starkville in 2010. That’s all I could find. Take it as an opportunity to find some and prove your morel hunting skills!

    Happing Hunting!

  38. Dale Lyle says:

    I’m kinda bummed to hear that there’s possibly no morels in Central Mississippi! I’m from here and moved back after 16 years in Illinois. My wife is from Illinois and introduced morels to me and I fell in love with the successful hunt not to mention eating them. I think I have a tear in my eye! Thanks Jerry for the info you provide!

  39. Hi C&B,
    It’s getting late in the season, but I suspect there will be some at higher elevations. I don’t know of any fires in that area last year, but if you do and they are at higher elevations, you might check them out.
    Happy hunting!

  40. C & B says:

    We live in the LaPine OR area , we have gone out for the last several weekends and haven’t had any luck are we too late?

  41. Hi Tami,

    I haven’t seen any recent reports from that area. I’d like to refer you to a fire map from last year, but it looks like the Forest Service is no longer making those readily available. For those of you looking for burn morels, here is the best I can find:

    Go to:
    Set the Data Filter on the right side to 365 days, inactive and wildfire
    Click “Set” to get a list of all the wildfires put out over the last year (nationwide).
    Next, choose your state from the dropdown menu at the very top right
    Click “Go”

    This will narrow the list to those in your state. The “Updated” date would indicate about when the fire was out. Click on the word “Updated” so that the oldest fires are listed first. With that information and the “Unit” name you should be able to find fires that were in your area, if any. For example, the Sleepy Hollow Fire was in southeast Washington. Click the incident name to learn about the fire. In this case it was near Monitor, Washington and burned almost 3,000 acres. The Latitude and Longitude are also provided so you can use your GPS to find the location.

    If you look under the “News” section, you will find that the fire was burning in sagebrush and grass so it’s probably not going to produce a lot of morels. Anyway, you get the idea and can search out potential areas for morel hunting that way.

    Happy hunting!

  42. Tami R Graves says:

    Do you know of any good places to hunt morels in the tri- cities area? Or along the Columbia River from Burbank Washington heading into Oregon?

  43. Hi Tammy,
    Morels were up in Wisconsin in April and some were found at the Muscoda Morel Festival (May 14-15). Some were found between Eau Claire and La Crosse on May 18. Last year the season started at about the same time, maybe a little earlier, and ended up around the first of June. From what I hear, the season is at its tail end in Wisconsin now. You might find a few, but don’t be surprised if you just have a nice time in the woods.

  44. tammy ballard says:

    just wondering my husband and i are heading to wisconsin this weekend may 26th 2016 any morels left and what area should we go to

  45. Hi Lisa,

    Well, morels started showing up in Michigan in the middle of April this year, pretty much like last year. Usually the season ends around the middle of May there, so your visit will be pretty late. Still, it all depends on local weather. One never knows with morels.


  46. lisa partee says:

    we are planning a trip to Michigan may 20th and 21st is this to late in the season to find mushrooms there?

  47. Hi Jan,

    I haven’t heard anything from that area yet. The water situation looks a lot better than last year – snow is melting fast. See:

    Happy Hunting!


  48. Hi Suzee,

    Sorry, I don’t have any details like that. You might try the Cascade Myco Society Facebook page at:

    Happy Hunting!


  49. jan Young says:

    hello Jerry
    I have been an avid hunter of the morel mushroom. In the spring we go to the White pass and Chinook pass areas of central WA. We usually find a few pounds on a good hunt or at least enough for our dinner on a not-so-good hunt. Last spring we found 1 single morel all season!!! It was incredibly dry in 2015.
    Have you heard of anyone finding them in that general area this year? Or should we try to find a new honey-hole?
    Thank you,

  50. Suzee says:

    My boyfriend and I are driving through Oregon, just passing time over the weekend. We’re heading to Lincoln City for the night. Would you happen to know if there are any great places nearby that we might find some morels?


  51. Hi Jason,

    Some were found around Oakridge last month, but that’s all I’ve seen. I haven’t been up that way, but I’d have to guess the ground isn’t warm enough at the pass. Might be some around the lakes.

    Happy hunting,

  52. Hi Elizabeth,

    There just aren’t many reports for your area. A few have been found around Olympia and Tacoma recently, so perhaps they haven’t gotten to higher elevations yet. If it’s been dry there, a rain could get them started. The only way to know for sure is to keep looking …

    Happy hunting!

  53. Hi Bill,

    Reports around there are pretty sparse. Apparently some were found around Blacksburg at the end of March. Next closest would be on the Cherokee National Forest more recently. Lack of rain can definitely slow the morels. Take a look at the map at and see if you can come up with a theory about why they are where they are. It may just be a bad year, but it is time to be looking.

    Happy Hunting,

  54. Jason says:

    Happy days Jerry.
    I am curious about morels up and around odell/crescent lake. Over Willamette pass.
    I have a cabin up there and have many other kind of choice edibles. Hoping for morels also?
    Thank and happy hunting

  55. elizabeth sennett says:

    Any info on where and when they might be found in the mt loop hwy area, like green mountain, or anywhere really in the snohomish county area, Arlington, Monroe, gold bar, Mt pilchuck area ? I looked all last week but all I found was a couple soggy verpas, am I too late or too early? I know we are expecting some rain this week, is it possible they will pop up after the record heat and rain we have this month? Thank you in an advance, great info and love the site!

  56. Bill says:

    hi my friend.. Been looking in southwest virginia for a couple days now, and nothing. Usually they up by now. Curious as to whats going on? Not enough rain maybe? Thanks

  57. Hi Kody,
    Yes, there are morels in that area. They started appearing near Olympia a couple weeks ago, so you should be out looking.
    Happy Hunting!

  58. Kody says:

    Wondering if morels are around grays harbor wa? I know we fi d alot of chanterelles out here.

  59. Hi Haley,

    Yes, you will need different permits depending upon where you pick. Some of the National Forests sell permits that cover several adjacent Forests. You’ll have to check in at the local Ranger Station or Supervisor’s Office to get permits and they will tell you which Forests they cover. Some private forest lands allow picking, but they all have different permit systems.

    If there is a bumper crop somewhere, there will likely be buyers in tents in nearby towns. Otherwise, you can do a Google search to find buyers, or try taking the mushrooms to the produce managers at local grocery stores.

    Happy hunting!


  60. Haley says:

    Hi Jerry
    I plan on traveling in Oregon picking and selling morels. Do I need to get different permits for different areas? Also, where would I find buyers?
    Thanks Haley

  61. Hi Joy,
    The season has been pretty early this year, probably because of the big rains we had in March. I suggest you get out and start looking. In years when you think you are too early and there is still snow on the ground or it’s just too cold, try doing to lower elevations or southern exposures. As the weather warms up, you will find morels at higher elevations and in other exposures. If you can, it would be great to go looking every three or four days, but there is no point in going to the same spot each time since you risk never finding any. When you do find some, note the elevation and aspect and look for more in similar locations.
    Happy Hunting!

  62. Joy says:

    Howdy Jerry!

    I live in Prospect and have been mushroom hunting since I was a kid. I keep finding excellent spots to pick them, and I’m almost positive I’m always too early. Is it a good method to go back every day or so, or do I wait a few weeks and scout it out? And also, may I ask if you know of any spots around or near Prospect that are likely good to go at this time of year? I am happy to hear a response, and thank you for all your kind and helpful responses to everyone prior.

  63. Hi Yerma,

    I have seen a few reports mostly from mid to late March around Medford and as far up the hill as Oakridge. It’s time to be looking!’


  64. Yerma Bernhard says:


    Would you know if the morels have started popping in the Rogue Valley or at higher elevation?

  65. carter says:

    Wanting to get out and find some morels. I’ve only ever hunted for chanterelles. I live in NW Oregon, about 30 miles east of Astoria. I’m going to check some fresh clear cuts and look around near my chanterelle grounds to see if I can get lucky!

  66. Hi Wade,

    The conditions you describe should be prime areas for black morels. Looks like the season is starting earlier than usual, with morels being found in places like Medford and Oakridge. Given those places are at considerably higher elevations than Hagg Lake, I suggest you get out there and start looking.

    Best of luck!

  67. Wade says:

    Hi Jerry
    I am trying to find out about Morels in the gaston oregon area around hagg lake. Last year they had a fire & there are many clear cuts out in that area..
    Any info about that area Would be greatly appreciated.

  68. Hi Tonya,

    Yes, morels grow throughout western Washington.


  69. Tonya says:

    I was wondering if anyone could tell me if morals grow anywhere in the northwest part of Washington near Seattle or surrounding areas?

  70. Hi Maureen,

    Congratulations on your success!

    Morels can grow anywhere that conditions are right (but not everywhere). As far as elevation goes, there really is no limit. As I mentioned earlier, they were found at 6300 feet in Colorado and a week later they were appearing at 7100 feet. They have also been found close to sea level.

    You won’t find them everywhere at once, because they need appropriate soil temperatures, water and other things. However if you find them in a burn at one elevation, you will probably find them later at a higher elevation – assuming conditions are pretty similar.

    Happy hunting!


  71. maureen says:

    this is the firsxt year my husband and i have actually found morels about six pounds or so and he was very excited but my father in law seems to think that they grow any where and i am not finding that to be the case is there a limit to the range of elevation for finding them? like what is the highest and lowest for the best luck we live in central oregon and go in to the malher forest where we have had several burns a really good one two years ago…

  72. Hi Amy,
    A reporter from Colorado says:
    May 5: Bellevue area 6300 feet
    May 13 Bellevue area 7100 feet
    May 22: Laporte area 7100 feet
    May 24 Livermore Area 8200 feet
    You’ll need to do some estimating to get a bead on what’s happening elsewhere.

    Happy Hunting!

  73. Amy says:

    Hi! Do you know if there have been any morels in Northern Colorado? Poudre or Big Thompson areas?

    Thank you!!!

  74. Hi Tanner,

    From what I hear they got started in the middle of April – that’s a bit early. Depending on local conditions (rain particularly) you may still be able to find some although I suspect the season is about over there. Definitely an odd year.

    Happy Hunting!

  75. Tanner says:

    Any news on morels still popping up in northern Indiana “Marshall county” to be specific? I’ve been finding grays and blacks for the better part of three weeks and have only encountered several yellow about three days ago. I hunt family owned property over 200 acres for over ten years and this has been an odd year.

  76. Hi Donna,

    A specific morel may grow over a few days and dry out and disappear in ten days or so – maybe that’s what you were told about. Nonetheless, a patch of morels can produce mushrooms for several weeks and, in the example I gave Stacy, eight months under specific conditions. They don’t pay much attention to state lines.

    Happy hunting!

  77. Donna says:

    I was told mushrooms will grow for only 10 days in Iowa, Is this true?

  78. Hi Stacy,

    In general, morels will fruit (they are always growing underground) after the snow melts and the ground warms up a little. They will continue to fruit as long as the ground stays damp and the humidity stays high. So, it depends on the weather. In at least one place, morels are known to fruit eight months of the year near a stream that keeps them damp and under dense shade that helps keep the humidity up (it’s a pretty humid place to start with). So, it also depends on the micro-climate and local conditions. People were still finding morels in Michigan last week.

    UPDATE: Michigan Department of Natural Resourses has produced a map designed to help you find morels in that state. Check it out at:

    Happy hunting!

  79. Stacy Nelson says:

    How can I tell if it is too late for new morels to grow in Michigan?

  80. Hi Maddie,

    The answer is that no one knows for sure, yet. The thing about mushrooms is they can look quite different from each other based upon how they grow (sunlight, temperature, water etc.) even though they may be genetically identical. Taxonomists that study living things like to group them into genera. Morels are in the genus Morchella. Some taxonomists think there are 50 or so species within the genus Morchella based upon their appearance and others think there may be as few as three. The genetics on all 50 of the potential morels will need too be examined before we know which are really separate species.

    As far as types of morels. that’s a bit of a different story. This is not a scientific term and is generally used to describe the morels you might be looking for in the forest. Typically they are blonde or yellow, white, and black. Some taxonomists think those are the only species of morels and some think there may be several species in each type.

    Thanks for asking!

  81. Maddie says:

    How many types of morels are there

  82. Hi Karl,
    Thanks for the kind words. I’m glad you are enjoying the website.

    I haven’t heard of any other finds from the east side of the Cascades in southern Oregon. The lack of snow and early snowmelt, of what little there was, makes it hard to guess what might happen. Nonetheless, my guess is the rain we are getting right now should help them get going and growing in the places you have been finding them. The rain is spotty, but apparently heavy in some places. The more rain the better. Now, if we can find some good habitats that also got some heavy rain we’ll be all set!

    Happy hunting!

  83. Karl Wenner says:

    Hey Jerry!
    Just came across this site after Anne and I spent the day wandering around looking for morels. What a great site, looks like you are having fun with it!
    We found a few but seems pretty dry. We found them anywhere from 4200 to 5200 feet and didn’t seem like there was a bunch at any particular elevation. have you had any other reports from the area? We tried the thinned areas on Westside Road but it is already dusty dry at that elevation.
    Maybe we’ll get some rain!
    Thanks for putting together such a cool website.

  84. Hi Rebecca,
    There might be an occasional one around, but they are not often found in the lowlands. Try looking in the NW third of the state. I’ve heard of some this year from the Columbia, Greenville and Lancaster areas. Pretty good picking a month or so ago.
    Happy hunting!

  85. Rebecca says:

    Are there Morels in South Carolina especially around North Myrtle Beach area

  86. Hi Virgina,
    “Someone” was wrong. I’ve heard that morels have been visiting Virginia for the last couple of weeks.

    Happy hunting!

  87. Virginia Mitchell says:

    Are these morel mushrooms illegal to awakening the state of VA someone told me its black-marketing

  88. Hi Anita,

    I’ve seen some reports from Central and Eastern Washington (Ellensburg, Cle Elum), so depending upon the elevation and water situation, there should be some showing up in your area.

    Happy Hunting!


  89. Hi Terri,

    It depends on where you are in Indiana. A quite a lot were still being found in Union, Wabash, Fayette, Noble, and Huntington Counties this week.

    Happy Hunting!


  90. Terri says:

    are the mushrooms about gone in Indiana?

  91. Anita says:

    Good Afternoon Chris,

    My family is thinking about our annual mushroom hunting weekend…debating if we should go now, or wait a couple of weeks. We live in SE Washington an hour from the Blue Mountains, and 3 hours from the Grand Coulee Area. Any thoughts on approx timeline for prime mushrooming?

  92. Hey that’s great Sherrilynn! They are moving north quickly.


  93. Sherrilynn says:

    Hello Jerry we are finnaly starting to find nice ones in SW WI.

  94. Pierce says:

    Hi! I live in Sandy Oregon, any morel spots nearby that you’re aware of?

  95. Hi Diane,
    Thanks for the kind words. From what I hear a quite lot began showing up last week in the Sierra’s including Tahoe area. That’s kind of surprising given the dry winter.

  96. diane says:

    hi! what a great site! i am in northern cal…west side of the sierra nevada foothills…have you heard anything? thanks for any info! diane

  97. Hi Chris,

    There are other people finding them around Omaha. The season seems to be just starting there, so keep looking. Finds in that area have not been huge . . . yet.

    Happy Hunting!

  98. chris glover says:

    Hey man!! Like your info u share on here!! I’m in Nebraska, Omaha!! I have found only about 6-7 small ones in spots I always find them! Is it bad year or have we just not hit the season completely? I have seen some pics on Facebook saying that people R killin em! What do u think? Thanks in advanced!!!

  99. Hi Shelli,
    If you aren’t working your way up the mountain now, I suspect you are missing morels. It’s time to be looking in that area.
    Happy hunting!

  100. Shelli says:

    I live in Roseburg & plan on hunting this year with the family near Rice Creek area, should we wait until more May/June? Sounds like they haven’t made it up this far yet by the comments.

  101. Hi jkg,

    Thanks for the report. Be sure to look around thoroughly both uphill and downhill from your find. Chances are very good that there are more around.

    For those of you that don’t know, Gale’s Creek is a community something like 50 miles west of Portland, Oregon. The community itself is at around 300 feet, but the mountains around there get up to 2500 feet or so.

    Happy hunting!


  102. jkg says:

    I found 1 morel today at Gale’s Creek. First time morel hunting so I was super happy to find 1.

  103. Hi Rick,
    Well, it got colder – I suspect that’s why the finds dropped off. The last elevation reports had them at 1500 in the Applegate River country and 1000-1500 outside Portland, so I have to guess they are, or soon will be, moving up the hill around Cave Junction (1300′) and Grants Pass (900 feet). It should be awhile for Hyatt Lake at 5,000 ft.
    Happy hunting.
    P.S> My guesses are never as good as your hunting experience.

  104. Rick says:

    hi Jerry,you are getting lots of questions and I also have some. I am going to Rogue River Sunday to visit my brother. I was hearing lots of reports around GP and Cave Junction. Now the reports have stopped. Are they still finding them along the valley floor or should I travel up? I used to find them around Hyatt lake but that was more like May/June I think. What do you suggest, I have limited time but want to score some for sure.

  105. Hi Gerogi,
    Typically March and April in Arizona. I heard one report of some in the Sedona area a couple weeks ago.
    Happy Hunting!

  106. Gerogi says:

    Where might I scour for morels in Arizona, guessing April/May timeframe?

  107. Hi Jeffrey,
    My guess is that you are too early for that elevation. I have a report from southern Oregon at 1500 feet and Sutherland is around 4400 feet. You might give the Forest Service a call at 541-523-6391 in Baker City. The front desk people usually hear stories and may be willing to share some ideas with you.

  108. Jeffrey Maddox says:

    Hi there, looking to go pick around the Sumpter Oregon area this weekend. Was wondering if you thought if it might be too early for this area or if i should give it another week. I grew up in baker city and haven’t been back to pick in quite some time. I’d hate to make the trip from Portland to get skunked. Thank you very much. I have some great spots where in the years past we have filled coolers and a truck box full for several hundred dollars worth plus plenty to have to eat.

  109. Hi Stucky,
    All I can tell you is that they are up and about around Ashland and Grants Pass. I’m guessing around 2,000 feet or so. Check the burn maps and see what you can find west of Medford. For info on where to get the burn maps and lots of other hints, read the article and all the comments.
    Happy hunting!
    P.S. Just got a report of some in the Applegate Valley around 1500 feet. Look for burn piles.

  110. Joseph Stuckey says:

    Hi. My name’s Stuckey, I have been in Medord Oregon for three years now, from the lower elevations of the coast, and on top of working haven’t had allot of luck finding morels with what little free time I have. Mushroom hunting has all ways been a passion of mine. So you can imagine how excited I I am to have my third shot at finding these tasty morsels. I plan on heading out to Applegate area for a day trip but am not sure what Bute, range, or road to start looking on. I know that no one likes to give away their honey wholes but I was hoping you would b generous in pointing me the right direction.

  111. Hi Randy,
    I’ve heard reports from Ashland and Grants Pass areas, but no one is revealing exactly where. I’d have to guess around 2,000 feet and maybe even higher. Let us know what you find.

  112. Randy Clark says:

    Was wondering with all the crazy weather this year in the medford area of oregon . What elevation would morels likely be found? Thank you for efforts.

  113. Hi Mary Ann,
    We like to slice morels in half lengthwise and saute them in butter. If we have enough they become the main course, otherwise a side dish. You can find some more fancy recipes here.

    Morels in flower beds may or may not come up next year. It depends upon how long they have been there and whether or not they have any food left to live on.

  114. Mary Ann G says:

    We moved into NE Salem about 6 months ago and in the last week I have found at least 6 morel mushrooms in one of the flower beds. I need to know how to prepare them and also if I may expect them to come back next year.

  115. Hi Mjk,
    Yes, plants have sexual parts, and various ways to get their genetic material dispersed. In fungi, however it is necessary for a hypha generated from one spore to physically connect to a hypha from a different, but compatible, spore before a fruit can form. There’s probably an exception, but typically plants don’t need to do that.

  116. Mjk says:

    Unlike plants, mushrooms are sexual beings, you said.

    ‘Scuse me? Since when are plants not sexual? They get it on most spectacularly!


  117. Hi Morgan,
    I’m not surprised you didn’t find any at the top of the mountain. Morels seem pretty attuned to soil temperature. This early in the season they are going to be found at lower elevations. They will make it higher in a few weeks. There are plenty of reports of morels in your area, but of course no specific locations. Read the article to get the idea of habitats to search in. Happy hunting!

  118. Hi there!
    So my family has just moved to Oregon, and we live in Williams Oregon near Grants Pass, or Jacksonville. We’ve heard about these morels, and we’ve looked and looked and looked, but I get the feeling that we aren’t looking in the right spot, because we go driving up to the top of the mountain and look. So, I’m wondering if you have any advice for us? Because so far we haven’t even seen a morel, and seeing is believing at this point.

  119. Hi Chris,
    Morels respond to soil temperatures, among other things, so they tend to come up at lower elevations first. That’s why we are seeing morels on the west side of the Cascades and in the Columbia Gorge now. They should be coming up at higher elevations soon if temperatures stay up.

  120. chris portlock says:

    Well thank you for the advice now my other question is in the beginning of the season where would they start popping first up high or lower elevation

  121. Hi Chris,
    I’ve heard of finds in Georgia, Alabama and southern Illinois and one report from BC already (no details on that). Some are showing up in the Rogue Valley (western Oregon) and in the Columbia Gorge. I’d say it’s time for you to start looking. If you don’t find morels just yet, you may find oysters, They seem to be doing well this spring – if you’ve had some rain.

  122. chris portlock says:

    Hello I live in baker county oregon when would be a good time to start looking for morels? Its been a very dry winter so far btw

  123. Hi Trent and Kristen,
    That map is a great place to start. You might want to choose a few burns then use Google Earth to see what kind of habitats were there before. Some of those burns are grass fires and aren’t likely to produce morels. All I can say about morels this year is that it’s going to be tricky. In southern Oregon we’ve had some rain, but no snow to speak of, except at the higher elevations and that is melting already. To me that suggests that there won’t be many low elevation morels and the higher elevations may produce morels earlier than usual. Then again, some heavy spring rains may produce a bumper crop. If/when they will appear is anyone’s guess.

  124. Trent & Kristen says:

    Hi Jerry, Your blog is awesome, thanks for sharing. We are coming out to the NW in the middle of May to explore some burns for morels. I found a great map of last years burns at We are pleasure pickers from Colorado and wondered if you could point us to a good burn or two we might want to start at in Mid-May in either WA or OR. We have done lots of morel hunting in Michigan, but never in a NW burn area. Figured you might be able to at least point us to a good place to start looking when we get there. Any advice would be appreciated. Thx in advance,

    Trent & Kristen

  125. Hi Dale,

    All high elevation forests in that area are known to produce morels. The key factors are winter snow pack and moist microhabitats. As elsewhere, the morel season tends to start low (relatively speaking) and move upward in elevation as the ground warms. Sometimes reaching 9,000 feet in July.


  126. Dale mail says:

    do you have any idea of what forest around the Colorado southern part have produced these mushrooms

  127. Hi Kasey,

    The Klamath Lake Land Trust is offering an event on October 25 at Kimball State Park, near Fort Klamath. They call it “Fun with Fungi.” It should be a great opportunity to learn about fall mushrooms in the area.


  128. Kasey says:

    Hi Jerry

    We live in Klamath Falls and would like to know more about how to harvest and pick the right mushrooms
    Is there any classes or learning tours

    Thank you

  129. Hi Noedette,

    See the “Welcome” page for all the details.

    Best wishes,

  130. Noedette Perpetua says:

    Good Day Mr. Pathfinder, we would like to know your Real name because we are going to site you and your website for our research! Thank You! :)))))

  131. Hi Diana,

    The Central Cascades of Washington seem to be the best option now. I heard some are coming up around Rimrock Lake in Yakima County, in Kittitas County, vicinity of Rosyln and in Chelan County around Blewett. Apparently most of them are at the higher elevations and a bit behind normal timing. You might try the mapping system at to find last year’s wildfires as other possibilities.

  132. Diana says:

    My boyfriend has been picking Morel Mushrooms for a little over 4 years. He has gone to Sister, OR and Wenatchee, WA. I would like to know if there are other areas in washington so I can start hunting. Never done it before but, am very interested!


  133. Crystal says:

    Jackpot! I went to the get the morels I saw yesterday morning and walked around the entire property! They were everywhere! A lot of them I left due to them still being pretty small! I hope no one else knows about them and they stick around a few more days!

  134. Crystal says:

    My first stumble across morels was last Spring. I was walking through a parking lot that was new and had new bark dust and new plants. I looked down and saw these brain looking mushrooms. I took a picture and posted it on FB to see if anyone new what the brains were because I had never seen one. A few people guessed but it took a true mushroom hunter and culinary art graduate to tell me what they really were. He came over the next day to verify. He was jealous to say the least! I had found about $60 worth of morels out in the middle of a parking lot of a new store just across the street from my house! I educated my mom and my children on what are true morels. Just 4 days ago my 15 yr old son comes home with 5 little morels. He found them in the next parking lot over from the one I found them in last year. It too went through some construction with new bark dust and plants. I told him if he sees anymore to let them stay for a while longer because these were little guys! I looked as I drove by that are this morning and I saw about 5 pretty good size ones that I am going to go pick after I get off work! That is if no one else knows what they are! We have a new strip mall going in a few blocks away! I think I may go tonight and see if I find anymore treasures!

  135. Vanessa says:

    Thank you for such a helpful response Jerry, have a good morel season!


  136. Hi Michelle,

    I hear they are pretty early around Atlanta this year. April 1 in Atlanta, a couple of weeks ago in Athens, April 5 in Dallas, April 10 around Monticello. It’s not too late!


    For those of you wondering where Michelle’s comment is, click the “Older Comments” link, below.

  137. Hi Vanessa,

    I’m not very familiar with the area around Glendale, but here are my thoughts, in general. They will be at different elevations depending upon a number of factors including slope and ground cover. The soil needs to be warm enough so they tend to start on south slopes, then east/west and finally north slopes, then work up in elevation. If the ground is shaded, like in a thinning operation, they should be a little later.

    The most intense fire will destroy everything and fry the ground so morels are less likely to be found there. I don’t know how badly these areas of the Douglas Complex were burned. Instead, look for dead trees, still standing – unless they’ve been cut down as salvage harvest or to reduce the hazard. Trees need to die for these kinds of morels to show up, but if they are still standing, or just blown over, the ground should still be good for morels. Morels also like needles on the ground – that’s another indicator that the fire wasn’t too hot.

    CAUTION – if you are in an area with standing dead trees, they WILL fall over when you least expect it. Be alert and if the wind picks up, get out fast. I like my readers and want them to stay healthy!


  138. Hi Jen,

    The first of June will be pretty late, but anything is possible.
    When you come up, stop by the nearest Forest Service office and ask. You’ll need to purchase a permit if you want to sell them. If there are enough morels around, there will be buyers in tents in the small towns nearby. Also, look for buyer’s signs.


  139. jeremiah says:

    Heather, I have family in Saucier, and have walked the Tuxachanie looking for them since March, to no avail. I live in Vicksburg, and have done the same in the forests near here for the last couple weeks, and sadly not a single Morchella. I’m from Wisconsin, and believe me… I feel your pain!

  140. Bob says:

    Good read. One of the better I have read. I’ve been hunting them for years in western Virgina. I don’t start getting serious until after 4/10 where I’m at because of temps. Looking for soil temp about 55. Around this area we call them darks or whites. Dark ones will tend to come out 1st. Have a spot within 100 yards of the house I’ve checked daily for the last week. Nothing yet. I also hunt wild asparagus which comes up at the same time around here. I can find enough on my property in good years that I can eat a bunch and dry even more.

  141. Michelle says:

    My family and I took a trip to Rogue River and went Morel hunting and we are hooked. We would like to look here in GA. Is it to late to be looking in the North Ga Mountain Area? Atlanta area?
    Thanks for all the info!

  142. Vanessa says:

    Hello Jerry,

    I’m happy to find a website with an active comments section, thanks for your informative responses! I was thinking about heading down to check out the Douglas complex/Glendale fire areas for morels and wonder if you have any specific thoughts about what elevations to be looking in given the warm-ish weather of late. Also, should I focus on more intense burn areas? Some of the maps show where more intense areas are. Thanks again for your insight!

  143. jen says:

    hey jerry i’m heading up north from arizona towards oregon ,washington and montana. will it be to late the first of june in higher elevated burn areas to hunt? I’d like to hunt and sell.and do you know of a buyers market?

  144. Hi Heather,

    I haven’t heard of any in Mississippi except at the far north end. Some have been found in the Florida panhandle, so I suppose it’s possible.


  145. Heather says:

    Do they grow in southern mississippi??

  146. Hi Colleen,

    Thanks for the kind words.

    Those fires around Glendale, mentioned above, are probably the closest to Eugene (around 120 miles). They should provide a lot of morels this spring. I don’t know what kind of timber harvest has been going on closer to Eugene, but you could call or stop by the Forest Service and ask. Beyond harvest activities, they might even give you an idea of other places to look for morels. The office is at 3106 Pierce Parkway, Suite D in Springfield and you can get your permits while there.
    Phone: 541-225-6300


  147. Colleen Douglas says:

    Hi Jerry,

    Where is the closest area to Eugene where a beginner morel hunter (me) should go look around? I am happy to drive a ways, just need to make it a day trip.

    Thank you for your help, your blog is AWESOME!


  148. Hi Bobby,

    The recently started showing up around Charlotte and should be appearing all over central NC real soon. Time to start looking.


  149. For those interested in the Douglas Fire Complex around Glendale, Oregon, you can find a map showing the boundaries of the three fires at:
    You can also try: for an interactive system that shows all the big fires in Washington and Oregon.

  150. Hi James,

    I haven’t heard anything about that area. It was a huge fire across a quite an elevation range. I’d have to guess another week or two at the lower elevations, assuming some warming temperatures, but defer to someone that has been out there. The Cow Creek Road closure was supposed to be lifted this week. I would expect hazardous conditions – check with the BLM first.


  151. bobby says:

    hey jerry I use to pick moral in the mountains as a kid now I live in central n.c when do they start to grow in that area?

  152. james says:

    are the morels starting in the Glendale Oregon fire yet

  153. Hi Shawna,

    There should be some around by now – probably below 3200 feet or so. You’ll need to look in the habitats described in
    the article above.


  154. Shawna Van Wagner says:

    I live in Redding Ca, and have never hunted for morels any ideas for places to look in and around my area?

  155. Hi Chris,

    There are no Federal regulations about morels that I know about except that some hunting on federal lands requires a permit. Often the permit is free for personal use, but there is a fee attached if you plan to sell them. The BLM and Fish and Wildlife Service have small holdings in your area, so check with them before hunting there. Most states don’t have any laws about morels, I don’t know about Kansas in particular. If you want to sell morels in Iowa, see the Iowa Morel Mushroom Certification Workshops page.

    The morel season in Kansas is usually April and May. Some people watch for the redbuds to start blooming. You might try Ottawa State Lake area – seems to be a popular place for morels.

    Happy hunting!


  156. Joesph Donaldson says:

    thank you very much for the information. im glad I ran across your page. now I can once again join the hunt and enjoy those tasty little fungi

  157. Chris says:

    Are there any state or federal regulations governing morels? When should I start looking? I live in north central Arkansas

  158. Hi Kristi,

    From what I hear, the morel season in Colorado typically runs from early May (lower elevations) to early June up to 9,000 feet. Last year it was pretty dry and the season was late. From “Ecology and Management of Morels Harvested From the Forests of Western North America” (part 3 – the link is in the story): “In other areas, such as Colorado, more of the landscape is high elevation and morel habitat is more continuously distributed. . . . Morels frequently occur in moist microhabitats and the morel season progresses upwards in elevation as summer weather warms. . . . As in other regions, black morels (both natural and burn morels) tend to fruit in coniferous forests, especially following tree death, wildfire, or soil disturbance. Yellow morels can be found in wetter or riparian forests with birch and cottonwood trees.”

    Morel kits can work, but they are not a sure thing. Fungi Perfecti ( sells morel spawn if you are seriously interested. It is possible to expand a gallon of spawn to 1,000 gallons, but it does require significant knowledge of sterile culture techniques and the ability to sterilize grain for the substrate material. You will also need to learn what to do with the spawn once you get it ready for your garden.

    There is great little video (with links to more detailed videos) at: that proves it is possible using a kit from: The Produce Guy in the video found that flooding the area led to the mushrooms appearing. This is also a key step in the patented process for commercial production. There are a lot of morel species, but it looks like Morchella rufobrunnea, a yellow morel, is most easily cultivated – apparently it does not require an association with living trees. You can find more info about growing morels at:

    Good luck!


  159. Kristi says:

    I grew up hunting these mushrooms. For the past 5 years I have lived in Colorado. I have heard they grow in this area but have never been able to find them. I live in the highest elevation town in the continental US Leadville. The snow does not melt off until May, sometimes even June. Any suggestions on where to look, or what time of year. I have also thought of buying the spores to put in my back yard. Any suggestion on if any of the kits are worth it.

  160. Hi Joseph,

    In Oregon, morels start in March on the west side of the Cascades along the I-5 corridor. So far this year I’ve heard of finds in Portland, Roseburg, Medford, Ashland. They are being found in the city of Medford and in Portland and are starting to creep up the mountains.

    For more on morel habitats in the west, see the “More Information” section of the story. It will probably be April or May before we see them around the higher elevations (above 4,000 feet) on the east side of the Cascades. They like burned areas and timber harvest areas around here.


  161. Joesph Donaldson says:

    Hi..i moved here few years ago from iowa and seem to be missing the season here in Oregon also any suggestions as to where I could start my hunt. thanks im starving for morels and refuse to buy them. the hunt makes em tast better.

  162. Hi Levi,

    The morels should keep coming for a few weeks even without rain. As best I can tell they will grow when the temperature is over 40F, although they will grow faster when
    it is warmer.


  163. Levi says:

    The rain finally came back. Are chance increasing after the rain is gone? I’m getting excited to go out and try to find some morels. What is a good tempature to go look for them? Thanks again Jerry.

  164. Hi Levi,

    The morels are up around Medford and Ashland.
    * outside Jacksonville, south slopes, 2400 feet elevation.
    * in downtown Medford (look for landscaped areas – mulch, gravel etc)

    Good luck!


  165. Hi Lindsy,

    It’s very early for morels around Klamath Falls, but it has been very warm during the days. That might suggest an early appearance, except that it is still freezing at night. I suspect the soil is still too cold. Nonetheless, it never hurts to check!


  166. Levi says:

    Hey Jerry, I live down in southern oregon near Medford, me and my girlfriend decided to do some morel hunting this year, the last time I hunted morels I was to little to know. We went up yesterday and looked but it seemed like the ground was to dry, it was probably around 60+ degrees. Any ideas around here as far as elevations, temp and location for a good place to go? She’s never morel hunted before and it’s been to long for me. Any help to point me in a direction would help. Thanks a lot -Levi

  167. Lindsy A says:

    Hi Jerry, I used to hunt Morels with my Grandpa when I was a kid in Klamath Falls. Returning there this weekend. Do you think it is too early or should we give it a go? Do you lead mushroom hunts in Oregon? Do you know of good areas in the Central Oregon Mountains?

  168. Hi Somer, I don’t know about Whitfield County, Georgia, in particular. Around that part of the world, more generally, morels are often found along stream banks under mixed hardwoods. It’s time to be looking!

  169. Hey Jonni! I don’t know what’s been going on with forest management around Portland, so I can’t guess where morels might be found in the woods. Some people find them along the Columbia River, but I don’t know where, exactly. I hear morels have been up in the Roseburg area since mid-February and around Ashland a week ago. That’s pretty early (they usually appear in April and May!). Morels should be appearing all over the west side, at least at lower elevations. Yellow morels can often be found in mulch, flower beds and other disturbed areas right in Portland. I don’t know when the Chief Scout and I will get out hunting, but I wouldn’t expect to see many around Klamath Falls for awhile yet.

  170. Somer says:

    Hi Jerry I just moved to Whitfield county in northwest georgia. I was an avid morel hunter when living in Indiana because I knew what to look for there..any helpful hints would b greatly appreciated at this point I am so ready to hunt some morels!!!!:)

  171. Jonni says:

    OMG. I found my friends on the internet while trying to google morels in the Portland area. Awesome! But, seriously, can the little morsel be found around the Portland are, like towards the coast, or do I need to seek higher ground?? Maybe towards, Mt Hood??
    Maybe I should come home and go hunting with the Pathfinder and his gang :D

  172. Hi Mike,

    It’s really hard to guess given the unusual weather. Typically, in the Greensboro/Raleigh area, they would appear between the last week of March and the middle of April.


  173. Mike says:

    Jerry, I live in north central NC and was wondering when Morels would appear this spring.

  174. Hi Dylan,

    If you want to get ahead of the crowd, you might take a look. Great weather for a springtime outing in any case.


  175. Dylan says:

    I’m finding a lot of morels in ashland near the base of my ashland, think it would be worth going up to Hyatt yet?

  176. Hi Hac,

    I’m assuming Portland, Oregon . . . I understand morels have been up in the Roseburg area since mid-February. That’s pretty early (they usually appear in April and May!). If true, this report suggests that they should be appearing all over the west side, at lower elevations, now. Yellow morels can often be found in flower beds and other disturbed areas right in Portland. Some folks like to hunt Columbia River banks. For more on habitats, you can download a book on the subject, in four parts. You can find links to it at the bottom of the page at:


  177. hac says:

    When are morels in season in the Portland area? And is there any forests near there that would be fruitful?

  178. Hi Chad,

    In that part of the world, they seem to like wet areas, like stream banks, and sandy soils under hardwoods (cherry, oak, poplar, elm etc).

    Should start arriving in mid-March and into April. . . if it stops snowing there.

    Happy hunting!


  179. Chad Byrd says:

    What are some of the conditions I need to look for here in northwest Georgia ? I’ve hunted morels in indiana and Illinois ! I knew what and where to look there !

  180. Hi Jessica,

    Typically morels are easy to sell, but it depends upon the knowledge about them in your area. Around here, there are buyers that put out their signs in communities near prime picking areas. I doubt that happens in NC so . . . You might try talking to chefs at high end restaurants before the season arrives to find some that may be interested. If that doesn’t work, try talking to produce managers at your local grocery stores. If you expect to have enough, you might set up a booth at
    your local farmers’ market during the season.
    Best wishes,

  181. Jessica says:

    I have morels that I pick here in NC in the spring but I don’t eat mushrooms and would like to know if I can sell them. Any tips on who would be interested in buying? Thanks.

  182. Hi Mike,

    Yes, yellow morels are found in Georgia. Usually in mid to late April.


  183. mike says:

    do morels grow in Georgia and if they do when do they start to come up

  184. Hi Tamera,
    Glad you love it all! They were wholesaling for $18.50 per pound (fresh) in San Francisco a couple weeks ago. It took around 32 to 40 ounces of fresh mushrooms to make those 4 ounces so, the fresh price would have been $37 to $46. Looks like you got a bargain!


  185. Tamera says:

    Hi Jerry!
    Love the video, love your e-mag, loved seeing the pictures of all of us. I missed hunting mushrooms with you and Chief Scout Trish this year. Crazy, but I have picked morels my entire life, starting at the age of 2. We take them for granted…kinda. But I just love morels. And I was excited to see them yesterday at the store here in So. Florida…. they were selling a package of dried morels (4 oz) for $35.00! You would have thought they were gold!

  186. Hi Kathi,

    Like most mushrooms, morels can grow both day and night since they don’t depend upon photosynthesis. Sometimes it gets too cold at night (or during the day) and their growth will slow considerably or even pause. The exact temperature that causes this pause varies, but it’s in the neighborhood of 40 degrees F.


  187. kathi says:

    do they grow at night or during the day or both?

  188. Hi Cheryl,

    The life span of a wild morel is extremely variable depending upon weather and other conditions. A morel might take a couple of days to a week or more to reach its full size then essentially wilt and disappear within a day or so.

    This information is not very important to mushroom hunters because the morels tend to keep coming up in the same area over a period of a few weeks – again depending upon weather and other factors. If you don’t see any one day, you may see some the next day. If you find a bunch together, they are probably all different ages.

    That’s just the fruit, of course. The underground mycelia can live for many years.


  189. cheryl says:

    this page still dose not tell me how long they live once they come out

  190. Fred says:

    Wow! I found around 500 yellow morels today in south east Kansas. It was 80 degrees here today and I found them all by the creek. We have had around 3 inches of rain over the last week so it made perfect hunting!

  191. Since “burn” morels typically show up in the year after a forest fire, wouldn’t it be nice to know when and where forest fires occurred? You can get that information from this website: Just choose a month from last year and download the KML file. Open the file with Google Earth ( to find the burn area nearest you.
    Happy Hunting!

  192. Justin says:

    Has any body had luck in southwest michigan this year? Kalamazoo particularly?

  193. Zarathustra says:

    In Portland, Oregon and San Francisco the weather is so perfect that I have found scads of nice morels in beds mulched with decorative bark. Many of those are sprayed with weed killer, but the public golf coarses in Portland mulch around all the Western Cedars and Sequoias, don’t spray and you can find morels and others. I don’t know about spraying but Legacy Emmanuel Hospital in Portland usually has quite a crop. Mount Hood Community College is good too. Once I collected 15 pounds of porcini mushrooms at the Eastmoreland Golf Coarse. Grilled them like steaks, froze the result and they’re still great in things like risotto.

    The morels are around now. Cutting through the parking lot at John Deere’s distribution center on San Rafael in Gresham leaving the cricket on Saturday I picked a very nice looking morel from their decorative bark bed. Suspiciously not a weed in the bed, but still a lovely morel to dry and admire.

  194. Hi Liane and Jaffy,

    I haven’t been out yet this year, so I can’t help. Perhaps someone else can offer you and our other readers some ideas.

  195. Jaffy says:

    Hi Pathfinder,
    I’m an enthusiastic pot hunter recently transplanted from Montana to Central Oregon. We’ve had a cast of wintery weather in the past few days, but it looks like high pressure and warmer weather is headed towards this area. Being that I’m in the “rain shadow” of the cascades, I’ve had many hits and misses when it comes to morels. They are more black/greyish out here as apposed to the golden morel in the rockies of Montana. Do you have any suggestions on elevations to start looking around here? Pines and firs laden the area, but snow melt is average this year, and should be a great season in contrast to last year’s harvest. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!

  196. Liane says:

    Hey there,
    My family of 4 has recently been scouting out spots for morels in southern Or., but haven’t had much luck. Problem is, we have a 5 yr old and a brand new baby. We do enjoy getting out as a family and that has been nice but we’d like a few mushrooms to show for our effort too. Can you suggest any possible spots that would be easily accessible for smaller children to navigate? (Mommy is carrying the baby!) We are not looking to hit the mother lode, just a few to show our daughter (5yr old) what fun mushroom hunts can be. Even if its a general area we’d follow up. Thanks!

  197. Hi Corey,

    Yes, it’s time to get out there.


  198. Tran says:

    I went to Sauvie Islandon April 13, 2013 in Oregon and found 18 morels …. several false morelswere also around

  199. Corey says:

    Hey i was wondering if its the right time to go mushroom hunging in my area? I go mushroom hunting in clarksville,IN and Borden,IN,could you let me know if its the right time or not

  200. Bea says:

    I just got home from school and nearly stepped on a big morel mushroom growing out of damp earth and oak leaves adjacent to my driveway, on the north side in the shade. About a foot away, two more had sprung up. I’m in southern Oregon, in an urban setting. Rain is forecast for the weekend, so perhaps there might be good hunting next week.

  201. Pathfinder says:

    Hi Royer, Pat and Kristin,

    Everyone that wants to find out where morels are being found after someone has already found them, check out this website:

    While these websites can give you a hint about when to start looking in your area, you will need to project the information a little to stay ahead of other pickers. It is best to go out and look, before they are reported. Even if you don’t find any morels you can have a great adventure.


  202. Kristin says:

    I am wondering when eastern oregon, sumpter area should be starting for morels? Are there specific areas better than others, a lot of pine around here-anything specific for my area as far as what really seems to be their favorite spot to hang out?

  203. pat says:

    hello pathfinder do u think that greys have poped yet in eastern indiana it stayed in the 50s lastnight and we got a little rain

  204. Royer says:

    Hi there,
    Just wondering if any morels have been found in central oregon yet? Still a little cool at night here but a good amount of rain and sun during the day. Maybe a few more weeks? Thanks!

  205. Carmen says:

    Hi Pathfinder….
    I’m a local cental oregonian LaPine area and look forward to hunting morels every year. Not to sure what happened last year, All our usual great picks never showed us a mushroom one. Not sure if we were too late or the weird weather changed their minds for them. We always start hunting the last of April , first part of May. Do you have any input on the strange season we seemed to have had last year ?

  206. Pathfinder says:

    Hi Jannet,

    The State of Michigan has a map application that will help you find public lands where you can hunt – animals as well as mushrooms. Find it here:

    For more general advice on how to find morels in Michigan, look here:

    Happy hunting!

  207. Jannet says:

    My friend and myself would like to hunt moral mushrooms in Michigan, and was wondering where we could go. Is public land open to hunt?

  208. Pathfinder says:

    Hi Laura,

    A few were found a couple days ago in that region.


  209. Laura says:

    Anyone finding any yet in Southwest Missouri (Springfield/Branson/Joplin areas)?

  210. Pathfinder says:

    Hi Marla,

    As a general rule, no there is no truth in that. However, it may be true in specific cases. For example, morels would do better on north slopes when habitats on south slopes are drier and more open than on north slopes in the same area. It also may depend upon the time of year, with morels coming up earlier on warmer south slopes – if you happen to be in the northern hemisphere – and later on the north slopes. Morels don’t seem to care about the direction of their slope as long as their needs are met.


  211. Marla says:

    I have a question, I have heard that morels grow better on a north facing slope. Is there any truth to that.

  212. Pathfinder says:

    Hi Robert,

    I don’t know if your tip is good or not. That area runs from around 5500 – 6000 feet in elevation, so it will be a bit later than other places around. As soon as the ground warms up a little, check it out.

    Good luck!

  213. Guido says:

    Ian – one of my former best black morel spots was “thinned” a few years ago, and it did not produce much for the next few years. I don’t know if it was ground disturbance, lack of rain, or too much sunshine, but the morels did not return in the same quantities. I have not been back in there the past 3-4 years, as too much internet talk has caused it to become overrun with hunters (which could also be part of the reason my take went down).

  214. robert says:

    Hi Pathfinder, I live in Bly, Oregon east of klamath falls. I hear there are morels to be found on and near quartz mountain. Any information as to when to start looking here, if the tip I got is good?


  215. Pathfinder says:

    Hi Darlene,

    I don’t know for sure, but I wouldn’t be surprised. They are currently turning up around Augusta, Monticello, Marietta, and eastern Tennessee. Also quite a few around Macon and Smarr – just up the road from you. It’s time to be looking!

    Good Luck!

  216. Darlene says:

    Hi Jerry,
    Do you know if morels grow in Southwest Albany? Albany/Leesburg, GA area? I think this would be perfect weather conditions after all the rain we have had. Just moved here and I am not sure if they grow here.

  217. Pathfinder says:

    Hi Ian,

    A little warm rain would be helpful, but if they had enough snow/moisture over the winter they should be ok. I hear some are being found in the Talent area. Might be time to start looking around in your area.

    As for the recent disturbance, if it broke up the ground a lot, it would take a little while for the mushrooms to spread their mycelia to support fruiting. If it mostly just removed some trees and didn’t make too much of a mess, they should show up soon.

    Best of Luck!


  218. Ian - Applegate says:

    I’m in the Applegate/Williams area and I’m a little worried about how dry the spring has been so far. Do you think that will be a problem for the morels?

    Also, I know of a large area of woods that has been thinned a lot over the last 2 months or so. Do you think that recent disturbance like this will help this year’s morels?
    Thanks a lot, Ian

  219. Debbie says:

    To Ryan Statzer: If you live near Bloomington, Indiana.
    Blooming Foods bought them in the past. They have three locations. East Third Street phone number is 812-336-5400. Good Luck selling them if you can stop yourself from eating them all. We never could!

  220. Pathfinder says:

    Hi Joseph,

    It’s still too early here in Klamath Falls – the ground isn’t warm enough yet. I spoke with one of our great Forest Service reps. She said they have issued 3 permits here and those folks were planning to look somewhere on the Willamette National Forest. She spoke with the Forest Service people on the Willamette and they haven’t seen any morels either. I wouldn’t expect to see many for probably another month, but who knows.


  221. Joseph says:

    Jerry have you heard of anyone finding Morels yet in the Bute Fall’s prospect or Klammoth falls Oregon area yet if not when would you suggest best to to start the hunt would be? I know last year we had early Year found plenty of Morels and Boletus up there around March

  222. Pathfinder says:

    Hi Guido,

    The article does mention early May, however that is in a place that is over 4,000 feet in elevation – Humboldt County is considerably lower. March and April would be better hunting there. We’ve seen morels in lodgepole, and ponderosa. Haven’t happened to be looking in sugar pine,
    but they probably grow there too.


  223. Guido says:

    My wife and I will be in Humboldt County the first week of May to run a marathon through the Avenue of the Giants, but we are sticking around for a few days afterward. From the older posts, this seems like it might be good timing for morels (it is generally the peak week in MI). I know the Michigan habitat that I normally hunt (Ash & Elm) does not apply out west (I found chantrelles under Douglas Fir last time I was in this area, but that was in September). I am gleaning that Douglas Fir is also a good host tree for the black morel. I’m also seeing “Pine”, but that is a really broad categorization – any particular species of pine that I should be looking in?

  224. Joe says:

    Thanks for the information.
    We are planning a family morel hunting day, I will let you know how we make out.


  225. Pathfinder says:

    Hi Joe,

    March is usually a good time for morels in Tennessee, but one never knows. The regulations for Great Smoky Mountains National Park say mushrooms “may be collected under the following
    1) away from developed areas
    2) must be edible species only
    3) may only be the fruiting bodies growing on
    soil or rotting logs on the ground
    4) are limited to 1 pound per person per day
    for all fungal species combined.
    It is prohibited to collect fungal fruiting
    bodies from trees that are standing, including
    dead standing trees, or where fruiting bodies are underground.”

    This is NOT true of all National Parks.


  226. Joe says:

    My family and I are from western md. Plenty of morels to be found soon!!
    We will be in gaitlinburg tenn march 29-30
    Any chance of finding some morels? If so is it legal to hunt in the great smoky mountain national park

  227. Pathfinder says:

    Hi Myrtis,

    I have to guess that you have one of the varieties of inky cap mushrooms. Shaggy mane (Coprinus comatus) is a great edible, but you must pick it young and cook it within a few hours or it will literally melt away into a black goo. The common inkcap (Coprinopsis atramentaria) does the same thing. Anyway there are several species in these genera that melt or “deliquesce” as they age. This process typically starts around the edge of the cap making it appear to be burned. At the end of the process there is nothing left of the mushroom except some black on the ground. Don’t eat them unless you can properly identify them. Chances are there isn’t anything you can do about them except let them perform their service and be on their way.


  228. myrtis moragne says:

    This discussion on mushrooms and morels are very informative.About a week ago I discovered a cluster of brown mushrooms on my front lawn.Just as peculiar as they appeared,they also appeared to have been set on fire.There was no smoke, odor or anything . I don’t know what to do with them because I don’t know if they are poisonous. I live in Alabama. Can anyone help me ? Thanks!

  229. Pathfinder says:

    Hi Tom,

    I’d have to guess you probably need to get a little higher given the high temperatures lately. Since you found a few, you are in the right habitat. The ones pictured above were found in early May above 4,000 feet. Morels grow west of the Cascades – they are pretty ubiquitous creatures.


  230. Tom says:

    Had a dismal day near Suttle Lake area. 34-3600′ elevation. great soil conditions. Only found 2 good Morels and 2 false.
    This was with 4 adults and 3 teens hunting.
    We are curious, are they found west of the cascades?
    Usually we go for Chantrelles and Angel Wings in the fall on the west side. Have not tried for Morels….

  231. Pathfinder says:

    Hi Ray,

    You might give the Forest Service a call and see what they can or will tell you. Sweethome District: (541) 367-5168 Sisters District: (541) 549-7700.

    Best of luck!


  232. Ray says:

    Heading home from AZ Sunday, Mothers Day, want to do some hunting in Cascades around Sweethome up to Sisters any idea how High we will have to go and what kind of area to look for, have done quite a bit of hunting in the Ochoco’s but have done very little around this side, any suggestions from you or anyone would be greatly appricated. Thanks in Advance Ray

  233. Pathfinder says:

    Hi Charlie,

    We don’t follow prices for morels at the picker level. However, yesterday California morels were selling at the wholesale level in San Francisco for $30/pound. The first ones started arriving last week. Haven’t seen any Oregon morels there yet.


  234. Charlie says:

    What are the fire models in Oregon bringing?

  235. ryan statzer says:

    Hi shroomers. I live in indiana and always find a lot of morels! This year I would like to try making money off of them. Any tips on how and where to do this?

  236. Pathfinder says:

    Hi Greg,

    They are definitely early this year. In fact I’ve heard morels are up in many parts of the U.S. including Michigan, Virginia, Indiana, Georgia, Alabama, Illinois (even the north end), Kansas, North Carolina, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Pennsylvania etc.


  237. greg brown says:

    Its already in the 80 s in the day, will the mushrooms be early this year?

  238. Pathfinder says:

    We’ve found morels in pine and douglas fir forests. Other trees that have been associated with morels include apple, white ash, elm, tulip poplar, maple, eastern cottonwood, black ash, sycamore, pear, cherry, plum, beech, hickory, aspen, mixed oak/poplar habitats and so on. The patent noted in the above article claims that morels are compatible with elm, oak, ash, peach, poplar, douglas fir, cherry and apple. David Arora, in Mushrooms Demystified says: “Morels usually grow outdoors: in forests (under both hardwoods and conifers) and open ground, in abandoned orchards, gardens, landscaped areas, under hedges, on road cuts and driveways, near melting snow, in gravel, around wood piles or tree trunks, and in sandy soil along streams. In other words, morels grow wherever they please!”

  239. Patrick says:

    what trees are most likly to harbor morels? (pine, madone, fir, ect.)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

I accept the Privacy Policy

Pin It on Pinterest