March 25, 2017
The first morel mushroom are found along the Rogue Valley floor. Showing a little later this year probably on account of the long winter.
April 1, 2017
April Fools Day Fatties.
April 8, 2017
After giving them a week or so to come up, the finds were impressive. The cold early spring weather has kept the morel flush in check. This slow start is also very noticeable in the wild asparagus of which we found only one on this foray along the Rogue River.
April 16, 2017 Easter Sunday Hunt
April 24, 2017 Sunday Foray
The cold and rainy conditions continue, and the morels keep coming. Last year at this time we had already ventured into the high Cascades to find black morels. This latest foray for the valley yellows found them still coming in the known locations and a few more new locations!
April 29, 2017 Late April Valley Floor
This is most likely the last foray along the valley floor. The temperature has risen into the 70’s °F and the rain was very light this week. That said we did find a nice little area with a recent flush. The cold weather has certainly keep the bugs at bay this year. We are just now finding a little mold rot on some of the morels. That said, I think this is it for the valley floor. Now on to the Cascades for the black morel!
May 12, 2017 First of the Cascade Black Morels
The first foray into the Cascade Mountains above the Rogue Valley reveals that the black morel mushrooms are starting to come forth.
May 17, 2017 Cascade Mountain Black Morels
A revisit to the area I checked five days ago revealed that the cold and light rain showers have brought forth fresh morels at 4200 feet. I also found a few that I must have missed before. Most of the “known to me” spots and locations produced. I also noticed a few “calf’s brain mushrooms” which of course I left alone. They are toxic and should not be eaten. Do so and eventually they’ll kill you. I climbed one steep trail (or network of deer trails) and luckily found one big fat black morel at the top.
May 22, 2017 (Heat begins in the Rogue Valley)
Monday morels! A good day to be in the high mountains. Temperatures got up to 95°F down in the Rogue Valley. It was a lot cooler up in the high Cascades and the morel hunting did not disappoint. They are a little scattered right now, but I did find a good mix of blacks and some yellow morels. The key is knowing my locations. A lot of the mountain sides have dried out. Knowing where I have dependably found morels in the past gave me direction. Some of the spots disappointed, but a lot of the dependable locations came through again. We could use a good series of thunder storms with soaking rains go help out the mountain morels before the end of the month.
I had a whole bunch of good photo taken during this foray, but alas, I stupidly deleted them when downloading at home! I blame that mistake on the late afternoon heat of the Rogue Valley floor.