Sign up for Mushroom Weekend At Meany Lodge - Oct 5-7, 2018

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
April 13, 2018

Join The Mountaineers and Puget Sound Mycological Society, along with our guest speaker Danny Miller, 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 

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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: Arrive and settle in (all dorms are mixed)
    • 7:30pm: Identification lecture with Jerry Stein and Danny Miller
    • 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 Danny Miller 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
  • Wear a bright color because it's hunting season and you want to be seen!
  • 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 Danny Miller

Danny Miller is the PSMS Librarian, Education Chair and one of Brian Luther's ID Committee members and an emergency poisoning point person for King County Washington Poison Control. Danny also belongs to the PNW Key Council, a group of amateur and professional mycologists and is a co-author of MatchMaker with Ian Gibson, the free PNW mushroom ID program for the PC and MAC. He has a big interest in taxonomy and figuring out where all of the mushrooms fit into the fungal tree of life.



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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Todd Mitchell
Todd Mitchell says:
Mon, Aug 13, 2018 12:34 PM

How do you sign up ?