Sign up for Mushroom Weekend At Meany Lodge - Oct 27-29, 2017

Explore the world of Mushrooms with the Puget Sound Mycological Society and the Mountaineers at Meany lodge during a weekend filled with finding, identifying, cooking, preserving and enjoying a gourmet dinner featuring mushrooms.
Patti Polinsky Patti Polinsky
Mountaineers Super Volunteer
August 01, 2017

Join The Mountaineers and Puget Sound Mycological Society, along with our guest speaker Tom Keller, at Meany Lodge for the annual Mushroom Weekend. It is the perfect place to learn about foraging in the northwest and using mushrooms in both in food and non-food ways. You will experience various mushrooms served in a variety of entrees, and meet others who enjoy mushrooms as much as you do!

All participants will receive a mushroom kit at the end of the weekend that will include everything you need for a delicious mushroom meal at home. Books and waterproof mushroom identification keys will be available for purchase.

Guests can choose to stay both Friday and Saturday night or Saturday night only. Meals and workshops are included with lodge stay. When you pick Friday night you'll automatically have Saturday night bundled.

Sign up for Friday-Sunday

Sign up for Saturday-Sunday 

Got questions? Email Patty at or phone via 206-525-7464.


    • Have dinner before arrival at Meany Lodge
    • Plan to leave  1.5 hours to drive to the lodge if you're coming from Seattle (view full driving directions)
    • It takes 15 minutes to drive from I-90 Exit 62 to Meany Lodge
    • 7pm: Arrival at Meany Lodge
    • 7:30pm: Identification lecture starts using Mushroom Identification Field Guide
    • 9:30pm: Mushroom  canapes, dessert, and socialize
    • 7:30am: Breakfast and make your lunch
    • 9:30am-3pm: Mushroom foray with guide
    • 3pm: Return to lodge for hot mulled punch and appetizers 
    • 3-6pm: Identification of Mushrooms with Jerry Stein in the ZOO
    • 6pm: Happy hour with mushroom hors d'eouvres (ping pong room in basement)
    • 6:30pm: Gourmet dinner
    • 8pm: Evening Program, followed by grand dessert buffet and coffee tea
  • 7am: Early Breakfast
  • 8am: Main Breakfast
  • 9:15am: Foray on the Campus
  • 10:30am: Don't Eat The Mushrooms presentation with Cathy (lodge main floor)
  • 11am: How to get the mushrooms in the Pan (at tables on lodge main floor)
  • 12:30pm: Lunch and mushroom take-home meal
  • Clean-up of the zoo and the lodge


    • 9:15am: Meet at Crystal Springs Campground. Note: the campground is closed, so please park beside the road  
    • 9:30am: Meet your foray guides 
    • Go with the foray guides to hunt for mushrooms
    • 3pm:  Return to lodge for hot mulled punch and appetizers 

The rest of the schedule is the same as the Friday-Sunday schedule.


  • Basket, box, or large paper bags to carry your treasures AND small WAX PAPER sandwich bags for individual small collection mushrooms.
  • Thermos filled with warm liquid (full weekend guests can fill the thermos at Meany).
  • Sack lunch (full weekend guests will make a sack lunch at the lodge on Saturday morning).
  • Hand warmers, rubber gloves (to keep hands dry), and mittens
  • Warm clothing and rain gear
  • A knife for cutting mushrooms.
  • A whistle (A MUST) - Used if you get lost or lose your group.
  • Footwear suitable for wet conditions.
  • Notebook.
  • Camera.

Other Noteworthy Items 

A Northwest Forest pass is required for all vehicles on forest service land. You can purchase them at most sporting good stores or at any forest service ranger station.  

First time Meany visitors are encouraged to check out the Lodge's Guest Information page, but here is a minimum list of items for an overnight stay at Meany:

  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Towel and toiletries
  • Lodge shoes (ie slippers)
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Change of clothing

The weekend will conclude with kit for you of everything you will need for your mushroom meal at home. Weatherproof mushroom keys and books will be available for purchase. For more information, contact Patti Polinsky

About Tom Keller

Tom has been an amateur mycologist since 1982 when with his wife, Karen  they took lessons in propagating mushroom spore growth. They took culture samples, using a scalpel to cut a small piece of mushroom to put in Petri dishes with agar.   They allowed everything to develop for a couple of weeks and were able to produce over thirty pounds of the Oyster mushrooms. He is a member of the Puget Sound Mycological Society based in Seattle. In addition, he has been a member of the national association, North American Mycological Association and has led many field trips in Washington, Oregon, California, and British Columbia to find and identify mushrooms.



Yes, we know the below is an 16 step guide on how to get to Meany. This is mostly informational; there are only 3 function turns marked in bold when the road is snow-free.

  • Drive east on I-90 and get off at Exit 62 ("Stampede Pass / Lake Kachess")
  • At the top of the exit ramp, set your odometer to 0 miles and turn right onto FR 54 (road to Stampede Pass)
  • At 0.47 miles cross Yakima River.
  • At 1.1 miles Pass under a power line.
  •  At 1.32 miles cross John Wayne Trail, a rail trail with access barriers.
  • 1.58 miles bear left onto unmarked narrow road that descends from FR 54 and is flanked by tall trees. This is FR 420, called "Martin Spur" on USFS's on-line map.
  • 2.44 miles enter huge power line clearing
  • 2.55 miles; still in power line clearing Cross Stampede Creek and immediately take the second right turn. Road starts ascending.
  • 2.95 miles reach a power line on the right and soon thereafter make a sharp U-turn to the right. Ascent gets steep, then road levels out next to BNSF railroad tracks.
  • 3.2 miles turn left at primitive grade crossing (STOP sign). Watch and listen for trains, which can come around the blind curve to the right (northwest) without warning. Cross tracks, turn right, and ascend steep, narrow "driveway" in woods to the lodge.
  • 3.4 miles Reach Meany Lodge. Park anywhere there is room.


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Anita Elder
Anita Elder says:
Tue, Aug 8, 2017 2:59 PM

I don't have the money this year, but I highly recommend this to anyone considering it. I've gone twice and it was a fantastic weekend! I even found and was able to correctly identify a huge matsutaki and a hedgehog mushroom during this weekend.

Patti Polinsky
Patti Polinsky says:
Fri, Oct 13, 2017 1:09 PM

Thank you for your comments. I wish more people would do so. We are pleased that the weekend was instructional and fun.