Meany Lodge - Mushroom Weekend - Fri-Sun Oct 11-13, 2019

Meany Lodge - Mushroom Weekend - Fri-Sun Oct 11-13, 2019

Revel in the thought that you have become a mushroom expert! Spend a weekend learning about mushrooms in the Pacific Northwest with experts from the Puget Sound Mycological Society and the Mountaineers. Go on forays, learn to identify mushrooms, attend cooking seminars and eat mushrooms breakfast, lunch and dinner at Meany Lodge. Registering for this event will also add the Saturday and Sunday events to your shopping cart.


Adult member (age 14+) $180.00
Adult non-member (age 14+) $180.00
Youth member (age 13-) $180.00
Youth non-member (age 13-) $180.00

Please note: this event occurred in Oct 2019.  Mushroom Weekend 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID-19.

*If you would like to be placed on the wait list, please fill out this form: Mushroom Weekend Wait List*

This lodge stay adds Friday night snacks, Friday night lecture, Saturday breakfast and Saturday lunch to the Saturday and Sunday mushroom activities.   When you register for this lodge stay, the Saturday and Sunday lodge stay will also be added to your shopping cart.

Join The Mountaineers and Puget Sound Mycological Society, along with our guest speaker Tristan Woodsmith 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 on Saturday 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.

View full program for the weekend or see the delicious Mushroom weekend menu.


  • Mushroom hunting and identification
  • Mushroom-based feasts for meals


    • Food: Friday night snacks and dessert, Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner and Sunday breakfast & lunch.
    • Accommodations: A cozy bunk in one of our four dormitory rooms, or bring a tent to camp out on the grounds.

Mushroom Collection Packing Needs

  • 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).
  • 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.

Meany Lodge Packing Needs

A Northwest Forest pass is required for all vehicles on forest service land. You can purchase them at most sporting goods stores, a ranger station, or at our Seattle Program Center.

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

Driving Directions to Meany Lodge, summer and fall

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.
  • 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.
  • 44 miles enter huge power line clearing
  • 55 miles; still in power line clearing Cross Stampede Creek and immediately take the second right turn. Road starts ascending.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 4 miles Reach Meany Lodge. Park anywhere there is room.