Due to the solid winter snowpack, conditions are possible for the fruiting of morel mushrooms in higher elevation recently burned areas. The high elevation forests of the North Kaibab, provide for an ideal habitat, and are far from major population centers. The isolation of the north Kaibab requires quite a long distance to drive, but provides for a road-less-traveled experience and a chance to search for morels in fertile grounds.
We are planning to host a foray to look for morel mushrooms on Sunday, June 4, 2023 on the north Kaibab in the vicinity of Jacob Lake.
Morel forays are rare because it is difficult to find a lot of morels and to do it with a group of people. They require you dedicate a full day of your time, and often require traveling a great distance. Participating in a morel foray is a great educational experience to learn about the natural history of Arizona's mountains and spring fungi and plants, but there is no guarantee you will find or go home with any morels. Please make sure you are okay with that before registering for this event.
Morel forays tend to fill up really fast. Please only register if you are certain you would be able to drive to and attend the foray. It is a 5-6 hour drive ONE WAY from Phoenix to where we are meeting on the North Kaibab, and the foray itself will involve driving for about another hour. So, please make sure you have the time and are willing to burn a few tanks of gas (and/or electricity) as part of this event.
Those who successfully register online with get a confirmation email with specific instructions on where and when we are meeting.
This event will require hiking several miles on uneven terrain in recently burned areas. While most of our events are open to young children, it is not recommended for this foray due to the rugged terrain and distance from services.