Hike > Siouxon Creek
by Rainbow Bobbins
Saturday was a beautiful day for a hike at Siouxon Creek. This is an easy 7.7 mile hike to Chinook Falls and back. Located in the western part of Gifford Pinchot National Forest in SW Washington – it was a 1hr20min(ish) drive from Portland. The hike takes you along Siouxon Creek through fern groves and over spongy-mossy forest floors. Along the way are 2 small cascades and one waterfall. Lovely, relaxing hike! See link for directions and more information.
There were tons of mushrooms along the trail. Some of my co-hikers scored on lobster mushrooms – similar looking to the ones growing above only they were on the ground. I learned that they are actually not mushrooms but a parasitic ascomycete on a host ‘shroom.
I don’t know enough about mushrooms to feel comfortable about picking and eating them willynilly but this is the second hike I’ve been on a month where I was with hikers who were geeking out on fungus ground scores. It sounds fun to go mushrooming with an experienced hunter.
I left PDX around 8:15am and got back home around 3:00pm. So the hike – with a lunch break- took us about 4 hours at a leisurely pace. Even though this is a flat hike (about 700 elevation gain) my legs felt sore. Geez. Need to get into better hiking shape!