Author with a small Boletus edulis in Oregon © Logan Hailey

How to Start Mushroom Hunting as a Complete Beginner (Without Dying!)

Tiptoeing through the forest in search of fungal jewels, I step lightly so as not to disturb the mushrooms we seek. Beneath me, mycelial hyphae are reaching out to their ends, grabbing the hands of their comrades in a network that unites the whole forest.

It is said that over 300 miles of fungal hyphae (the strands of mushroom “roots”) exist…