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Join fungi expert, Sharmin Gamiet, on this easy valley-bottom hike beside the Skagit River, revealing the rotten world of mushrooms.

It’s often said that without mushrooms there can be no forests.  You’ll discover the many roles of fungi in sustaining diversity and healthy habitats in a forest ecosystem.  This program reveals the essential service decomposers play in cycling nutrients and the many symbiotic relationships they form with other living things. We will identify the beautiful and colourful mushrooms that appear in the Cascades during the autumn, from high-value gourmet foods to deadly poisons. The hike will follow the Skagit River Trail, where old-growth forests thrive and Spotted Owls still breed.  Here, the soils are deep and rich in organic debris, supporting a very healthy population of diverse fungi.


Comments from previous Wild Mushroom programs:

“The presenter was knowledgeable and interesting and gave a suitable amount of information, I thought, fitted in at various times throughout our outing. Thanks, I learned a lot and also know more about all that I don’t know! Very important in the case of mycology!”

“Excellent organisation and execution.”

“…a great day and the expert was excellent. Excellent lunch.”

“Overall a great outing, I will be back and want to bring my family to enjoy. Thank you all very much.”

COST

PROGRAM CANCELLED – Please contact us at 604-869-1274, or email lklassen@hopemountain.org for additional information.

$95 per adult.
Youth, 18 and under, are free (with accompanying parent/guardian).

Breakfast Option

Arrive early at 8:30 AM for a special Owl Street Café breakfast (frittata, pan fries, sausage, coffee or tea) for $9.95 plus tax. If you’re interested, order through us by Sunday, October 15th and pay directly to the Owl Street when we gather at the café. Owl Street must have at least 5 orders for this option to work. We will keep you updated.

Lunch Options

  1. Bring your own bag lunch, or
  2. Pre-order a delicious Owl Street Café bag lunch, which includes a sandwich, muffin (blueberry, raisin bran or lemon cranberry) or regular chips, fruit (banana or orange), water bottle or juice box (apple or apple/orange/peach or veggie blend or 5 Alive). Sandwich choices are vegetarian, roast beef, meatloaf, tuna, egg, ham & cheese. Bread choices are white, whole wheat, sourdough, Vancouver rye or gluten-free ($1.50 extra – not celiac guaranteed). Please order through us by Sunday, October 15th. Cost is $11.95/person plus tax, which can be paid directly to the Owl Street when we gather at the café.

PHYSICAL DEMAND

Trail distance: 4 kilometres round-trip, starting from Sumallo Grove in Manning Provincial Park.  The trail is gently graded and accessible to people of moderate physical ability.  Children are welcome!

ITINERARY

9:00 AM – Meet at the Owl Street Café in Hope. If you choose to come early for the café’s delicious breakfast selection (optional), please arrive at 8:30 AM. Pick up and pay for your lunch if you ordered beforehand with us (optional).

10:00 AM – Vehicles depart from the Owl Street Café.

10:35 AM – Arrive at Sumallo Grove Parking Lot.  Click here for a map of Skagit River Trail.

12:00 PM – Lunch on the Skagit River Trail.

3:30 PM – Arrive back at Sumallo Grove Parking Lot.

4:15 PM – Participants depart for home.

MEETING PLACE

Owl Street Café

The Owl Street Café is located in Silver Creek, just outside of Hope, BC.
19855 Owl Street, Hope, BC V0X 1L2

Map to Owl Street Café

TRANSPORTATION

Participants will travel to the meeting place at the Owl Street Café and field location with their own vehicles.  Car pooling is encouraged.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Bag lunch – your own, or purchased at the Owl Street Cafe (order with us by October 15th)
  • High-energy snack food
  • Water (2 litres per person)
  • Daypack
  • Hiking boots or sturdy runners
  • Warm clothes and rain gear in case of inclement weather
  • Sunglasses, sun hat, sun block
  • Mushroom book, notebook
  • Camera

ADDITIONAL INFO

Liability Waiver Form

Everyone age 19 & over must sign a liability waiver form in order to participate in this program. Please take the time to read this form because you must understand and agree to it when you sign it. By signing it you are waiving certain rights, including the right to sue. These forms will be available to sign when you check in. Please seek legal counsel if you have any questions.

Informed Consent Form

Everyone age 18 & under must have an informed consent form signed by their parent or legal guardian in order to participate. Please contact us if you need this form prior to arrival at this program.

Map of Skagit River Trail

CANCELLATION

If a registration is cancelled 7 days or more before a program starts, HMCOL will refund the program fee and equipment rental fees (as applicable) minus an administrative cost of $20 per person. Program and equipment rental fees will not be refunded if a cancellation is received less than 7 days before the start of a program. A program may be cancelled at the discretion of HMCOL. If a program is cancelled, participants will receive a full refund of program and equipment fees.

Please be aware that our programs run regardless of weather conditions, unless we determine that it will affect the safety of participants and/or equipment.

A NOTE ABOUT LIABILITY

Hope Mountain Centre carries liability insurance and maintains excellent safety records. Due to the nature of outdoor programs, these trips do involve some personal risk. Hope Mountain Centre assumes no responsibility for personal injury or damage to personal property and we will require each participant to sign a liability release and assumption of risk form before participating in this program. Please be aware that activities typical of this program involve many risks, dangers and hazards including, but not limited to: accidents which occur during transportation or travel to and from events; slips and falls; loss of balance; impact, cold water immersion; repetitive strain injuries; dislocated shoulders; hypothermia, frostbite, sunburn; changing and inclement weather conditions including storms, blizzards, whiteouts and high wind; steepness of terrain, tree wells, crevasses; avalanches, cornices, landslides and falling ice, snow and objects; encounters with domestic or wild animals; negligence on the part of releasees and other participants.

While we love animals of all kinds, we ask that you please leave your pet at home.

PROGRAM PARTNERS

Register now online or reserve your spot by calling 604-869-1274, or by email at lklassen@hopemountain.org for more information.