Upper Kyle Canyon
Mt. Charleston in Upper Kyle Canyon is one of the most popular and fruitful areas for Morel mushroom hunting in Nevada.
The foraging season here typically runs from late March through May, with prime time being mid-April to early May.
Morels thrive in the moist soil and cooler temperatures found at higher elevations on Mt. Charleston.
Mushroom hunters should focus their search around aspens, cottonwoods, and fir trees, where Morels often grow in symbiosis with the roots.
The mountain’s many hiking trails provide access to prime Morel territory. Be sure to obtain a permit for mushroom gathering in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area.
Always be respectful of the environment and follow leave no trace principles when foraging.
Lake Tahoe Area
The Lake Tahoe region offers high elevation forests perfect for Morel growth. Check the north and west facing slopes of mountain passes and creek beds around Lake Tahoe in April and May.
Areas to search include Mount Rose Wilderness, Tahoe Meadows, and along the Truckee River.
Be aware that not all areas around the lake are open to foraging, so consult with the Forest Service about any restrictions.
Morels hide easily amongst the rocks and forest litter, so walk slowly and carefully.
Always carry a mesh bag to hold your harvested mushrooms to allow spores to drop.
Morels near Lake Tahoe can fruit late into the season due to the higher elevations and colder spring temperatures.
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Nevada’s largest National Forest offers over 6 million acres of mountain wilderness in central and eastern Nevada prime for Morel hunting.
Morels can be found in the loamy soil along streams and wet meadows. Focus your efforts in areas with elm, aspen, and cottonwood trees.
Some areas to search include Meadow Valley in Lincoln County, the Ruby Mountains outside Elko, and Huntington Valley near Ely.
A permit is required for mushroom gathering on the Humboldt-Toiyabe.
Please review all regulations and practice sustainable harvesting techniques when foraging in our public lands.
Always be alert to avoid startling any wildlife you may encounter.
Great Basin National Park
Great Basin National Park protects a diverse landscape of deserts, forests, and mountains that contains habitat suitable for Morels.
Check the higher elevation areas near Mt. Moriah, particularly among the aspen groves and along stream banks fed by snowmelt. The park’s northern areas tend to be more fruitful.
A free mushroom collecting permit is required.
Backcountry camping provides multi-day access to remote areas of the park. Be prepared for rapidly changing spring mountain weather.
Carry plenty of water, wear layered clothing, and pay attention to thunderstorm forecasts.
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