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

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.


Online registration is closed. Please contact us to get on wait list in case of cancellations – lklassen@hopemountain.org

$95 per adult

Youth 18 and under are free without provided lunch; $15 with provided lunch.


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!


9:00 AM – Meet at the Owl Street Café in Hope for breakfast (breakfast 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.

4:00 PM – Arrive back at Sumallo Grove Parking Lot.

4:15 PM – Participants depart for home.


Owl Street Cafe

The Owl Street Cafe is located in Silver Creek, just outside of Hope, BC.

Map to Owl Street Cafe


Participants will travel to the meeting place in Hope and field locations with their own vehicles.  Car pooling is encouraged.


  • High-energy snack food
  • Water (at least 1 litre per person)
  • Hiking boots or sturdy runners
  • Warm clothes and rain gear in case of inclement weather
  • Sunglasses, camera, binoculars, guide books


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.


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.


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