Herb Walker Tours
Learn to identify and use wild plants and mushrooms while exploring the many trails in the Telluride area. Hikes range from a leisurely walk around town to a long climb in the high country, with the emphasis on discovering the area's flora and fauna.
Guided hikes that are destination oriented are also welcome. You set the time, place and pace according to your needs. On mushroom hikes, you can expect to come home with a bag of mushrooms. We can also do a cook and taste at your house after the hike.
John SirJesse has lived in Telluride since 1973 and has been hiking, studying and using wild plants since 1972. In the mid-1970s, he became interested in wild mushrooms and began offering herb walks. In the late 1980s, Herb Walker Tours was officially born when it got a Special Use Permit with the Forest Service to conduct hikes on National Forest lands. John has studied herbology and natural healing with William La Sassier, N.D., and Dr. John R. Christopher. Since 1980, John has been the foray leader for the Telluride Mushroom Festival. Over the years, he has written articles for local papers and magazines and also did a radio show on plants and mushrooms. He has led workshops for Aspen Center for Enviromental Studies, Canyonlands Field Institute, Rocky Mountain Permaculture, Mesa State College, Colo. State University, Faraway Ranch, and Ah Haa School for the Arts. He continues to pursue his passion of conducting herb walks in and around Telluride. John also gathers and sells local herbs and perparations and is currently writing a book on Rocky Mountain plants and mushrooms. John is a certified mushroom inspector.
- Good, comfortable walking shoes
- Rain gear is a must, even on sunny days
- Sunscreen, sun glasses, hat and gloves
- Water and a snack or lunch is often very mush appreciated
- A spiral notebook, scotch tape, and pencil are also helpful
Email: herbwalkertours [at] earthlink [dot] net