Hinsdale County offers the perfect climate and soil for many kinds of edible mushrooms, including boletus, inky caps and scaly urchins.
Mushrooms are usually in their prime in August, although their growth does depend on the year’s rainfall.
Some trails that may produce a hearty mushroom population include Cataract Gulch, Williams Creek and Alpine Gulch.
Be sure to verify that the mushrooms collected are not poisonous. It is recommended that while picking mushrooms, each find should be wrapped individually in case a poisonous mushroom was collected by mistake.
Other edible parts of the scenery include wild raspberries and chokecherries. Wild strawberries can be enjoyed by those lucky enough to spot them.