Put down your copy of Spores Illustrated and join Debbie Klein on a fun and educational mycological hike. Learn how to identify the myriad mushrooms and other fungi found in oak woodlands.
Photo: Steve Jurvetson via Flickr
We’ll be starting at the trailhead at the top of Old Briones Road on the Martinez side of the park. From Highway 4 (east or west) take the Alhambra Avenue exit. Go south on Alhambra Avenue (away from town) and bear right onto Alhambra Valley Road. Continue to the ‘T’ intersection (there will be a new housing development on your right), turn right on Alhambra Valley Road and then turn left in about 100 feet onto Old Briones Road. Old Briones Road is a windy road that will take you up all the way to the trailhead at the end of the road. Park off the road at the top. No parking fee. There is a restroom and water fountain at the trailhead.
Bring water, lunch, dress in layers, and wear good hiking shoes. Be prepared for some muddy areas. Bring poles if you normally use them. We will only be observing and identifying mushrooms and other fungi; no picking allowed. If you have questions about this outing, email Ken Lavin or phone him at (415) 543-6771 ext 321.