The 3,500 acres of Las Posadas State Forest are far off the normal routes of wine lovers and other tourists — except those searching for tasty morsels near the damp, leaf-littered ground.

The sun had barely started rising over a filmy fog Sunday in Janurary before more than 30 visitors streamed into this woodland preserve outside Angwin. Leading the hikers were two mushroom enthusiasts, guides who would share their secrets for finding the hideouts of chanterelles, matsutakes, maple syrup-scented candy caps and other fungi to carry from forest to plate.


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