Oregon is known for its bounty of fall mushrooms, but foraging for them can become dangerous if hikers are not prepared, state officials say.
Every fall, hikers get lost hunting for mushrooms. That’s why the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department advises fall hikers to take the following precautions:
• Use a map to plan trips and be familiar with the area in advance.
• Inform someone of where you are going and when you plan to return.
• Hike with a companion.
• Carry and drink plenty of water.
• Wind and rain storms are common in the fall and winter. Dress in layers, avoid cotton and carry quality rain gear. Do not go hiking if a storm is in the forecast, and turn back in bad weather.
• Carry a map and compass and know how to use them.
• Always carry these essential items: flashlight, matches, first aid kit, whistle, plastic garbage bag and pocket knife.
• Consider joining a guided mushroom hike.
Learn more at www.oregon.gov/OPRD.