Happened upon a handful of Lion’s Mane mushrooms while hiking around the Mountain Loop…
As I passed each one, I thought “I’ll grab it on the way down, save them some trail beating”.
On the way back down, all but a pair had been cut!
*welp… you snooze you lose I guess!
I’d seen a couple patches of little chantrelle buds in a few places, but missed them in darkness that had fallen upon our return trip.
Before the dusk started to settle in, I spied a King Bolete that looked ok, but upon closer inspection was pretty wormy.
Roamed around the flanks of Bessemer Mountain for most of the day in a fruitless search…
Only one tiny chantrelle was discovered amongst a forest full of little orange wannabes.
Some few odd specimens of boletes and dead wood loving polypores were collected for further examination.
We followed a trail up from the CCC road that turned out to be a backwoods downhill bike track.
It was clear a lot of work was put into the course’s construction, but it’s current state suggests that the zenith of it’s use may have passed.