Sierra Nevada Morels

Discussion in 'California' started by candy cap, Apr 12, 2013.

  1. morelmike

    morelmike Morel Enthusiast

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    Hello all. Here they come! I've been at 5000' all week. Nothing yet. I'm guessing late next week they should start popping. Good luck all!
     
  2. Aspen_the_taurus

    Aspen_the_taurus Young Morel

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    Hey all! I’m new to morel hunting, but have been foraging others for a few years now so I’m understanding the basics. I’m out in trinity-Shasta national forest and I’m having no luck finding any morels. The elevation I live at starts at 3000’. So my question is, since the weather has been so warm and we’ve gotten no rain around here in a bit should I head up to 5000’-6000’ to hunt? I’m concerned it’s too hot and dry lower. What do you guys think?
     

  3. 27yard

    27yard Morel Enthusiast

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    Aspen; I just returned from the 5k el off of 108. Very cool mornings and snow patches in the shaded and northern exposures. And MM, I’d say 3 weeks up where I scouted today. I started at 5500’ in logged areas and lower. Ran 40 mi on my duel sport, hit ALOT of good looking spots.
    A word of caution...if you run the primitive fire roads, you would be well advised to Carry a chainsaw, and a length of good rope. There are A lot of blow-downs up there crossing secondary fire roads. I bet I jumped a dozen. You can always turn around, but sometimes you’re egress could get blocked...stay safe !
     
  4. MorelMichael

    MorelMichael Morel Enthusiast

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    I would shoot for 3500 at this time. Found some at 3000 the last two weeks.
     
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  5. 27yard

    27yard Morel Enthusiast

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    Hey Aspen, look for Sarcodes, commonly known a snow plants. In my experience morels and snow plants share the same elevation. You see those red spikes in the forest, you’re in the zone.
     
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  6. Aspen_the_taurus

    Aspen_the_taurus Young Morel

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    Thank you! I’ve been keeping an eye out for those, but no luck thus far. Everyone warned me morels are allusive, just under estimated a little I guess. Thanks again for the advice.
     
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  7. 27yard

    27yard Morel Enthusiast

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    Hahahaha, thanks for the laugh aspen, I can SO relate to that statement
     
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  8. morelmike

    morelmike Morel Enthusiast

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    Sarcodes just starting to show at 5k'. Should be on by Wednesday or Tues.
     
  9. jdaniels313

    jdaniels313 Morel Connoisseur

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    I just got back this afternoon from 3500-4000 ft. on the east side of the valley in the Shasta-Trin. (see photo) and this is all after 2+ hours. I went up to the Burney area also at @ 4500 but nothing was popping there yet. Also, I will post some new maps of the wildfire areas that I have ; it may help 'cause there is a shipload of roads closed in the best parts.(of course) Check back here tomorrow (5/5/19) and I'll have them posted. Good Luck and Happy Shroomin'...
     
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  10. jdaniels313

    jdaniels313 Morel Connoisseur

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    Here are the maps I have showing road & area closures in the Shasta Trinity. These are from the USFS for what they're worth. I think it may be to dry and hot below 3500 ft. at this point but I hope I'm wrong! Also, here's the photo I forgot to send too. Happy Shroomin'... 0504191315.jpg 0504191315.jpg
     

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  11. parshooter

    parshooter Morel Enthusiast

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    Checked out Paradise fire twice this week-just for a short time-nothing. I think I was too low around 2500. Went higher the 2nd time, but got out of the run area-still nothing.
     
  12. parshooter

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    Found a couple small ones and a group of babies at around 4500 yesterday. I left them and will come back in a couple days. old burn pile.
     
  13. Raymond bartholomew

    Raymond bartholomew Morel Enthusiast

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    1C3D2B35-0EB4-4F94-870B-ED96DE0C968F.jpeg 3E64FA46-C818-4B7B-A402-8F608AD58C8E.jpeg 7BBBE627-430B-4538-86C0-0C3CC0B47B1C.jpeg 91BF8E24-4133-40B9-A730-AD2DEA5DA721.jpeg 4EB9C518-26CF-401B-88CF-CE1AC4BAE84E.jpeg Hi all new 2 the form and have been fallowing this thread over the last few days I’ve been up as high as 6,000ft and as low as 3,000 I scored today at a controlled burn at roughly 4,000 feet in Plumas County I live in Quincy I’ve been finding them for about a week conditions are kinda dry but I’ve looked all over and this is the only place produceing at the moment
     
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  14. wade

    wade Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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  15. yosemite shroomer

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    Thank you Wade! Expecting rain soon and temps are just about right. Heading up to 5000 ft next week.
     
  16. Raymond bartholomew

    Raymond bartholomew Morel Enthusiast

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    Hi everyone well yesterday was good 2 me also, went cut a load of wood and found a nice flush, I prepared the last 2 batches for dehydration this morning and noticed that the rather large morel I found is kind of dark inside along with the other that grew beside it kind of purple compared 2 all the smaller ones I’ve picked they all seem 2 be very white is this cause for concern I’m very new 2 morel hunting this is my first year I’ve attached some photos any input would be much appreciated
     

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  17. defunk

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    There are several species of morels and there are shape and color variations even within one species depending on age of specimen, habitat, etc.
     
  18. Aspen_the_taurus

    Aspen_the_taurus Young Morel

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    Thanks for the maps and insight into our area. I figured it was to dry and have been hunting up higher, BUT STILL NO LUCK. It looks like it might rain a bit the beginning of next week so I’ll hit whatever wildfire areas I can after that. You guys all rock. I really appreciate the help.
     
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  19. jdaniels313

    jdaniels313 Morel Connoisseur

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    There looks to be a couple different morel species together there in the photo. (yellows and blacks) But they look GREAT as far as I can see. What you're perceiving as discolored is just a variation of color (as 'defunk' stated) within the species. They look yummy to me! Good score and cool photos! BTW have you been up in the Lake Almanor area recently? I heard they still had some snow in the shade under some of the trees about a week ago. That's about 5000'.
     
  20. jdaniels313

    jdaniels313 Morel Connoisseur

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    You're welcome! Good Luck! I've heard some rumors trickling out of the Carr/Hirz areas that I'm trying to verify, but you know how some Shroomers are: they guard their patches AND info. well! I'll post if I find out more info. Happy Shroomin'....
     
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