Beazell Memorial Forest
Corvallis, OR nature hike // This is one of my favorite hikes in Corvallis although it is the park I visit the least. Maybe there is a correlation between the two. Beazell’s diverse ecosystems range from maple groves to meadows and fir forests to moss covered fell trees. With over 580 acres of donated land, this is a great place for a short day hike.
Beazell is an educational forest managed for environmental education, demonstration, and research. I find that it is one of the healthier and more vibrant nature trails judging by eye alone. There is a diversity of lichen I have yet to see in another designated natural area, although Finley Wildlife Refuge has quite the range of diversity.
These little jelly mushrooms go by “cat’s tongue” or “toothed jelly fungus” but if you don’t like the sound of that you can always call them by their latin name, Pseudohydnum gelatinosum. They are edible, but have no taste. I collected them and ended up making a few jelly candies. I rolled them in a little bit of lemon sugar and enjoyed every bite of the sweet, gummy goodness!
The colors that come out in the fall are hard to beat. They have a vibrant gradation of hues that only the natural world can conjure. I stared and stared at this patch of color. From black and brown to green and blue, from red to orange to yellow, this fungi held every color of the spectrum in their little selves.
The patchwork of color from the trees is so beautiful! Ahhhhhhh!!!! I can barely contain my joy!