- fruiting body is funnel-shaped, up to 15 cm broad, depressed in the center, smooth, dry, uniform egg-yolk yellow.
- underside has forking ridges (rib-like folds) rather than gills; they descend onto the stem.
- flesh is firm, yellowish, does does not change color when bruised.
- stem is solid, orange tinted, tapering slightly to the base.
- grows alone or in groups on the ground, but is not clustered at base of trees, and never grows from wood.
- appears in the summer and fall.
- has a pleasant, mild taste and mild, fruity odor; cook before eating.
- warning: do not confuse with inedible or poisonous look-alikes, such as the False Chanterelle (Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca), which differ in that they have blade-like gills rather than forking, ridge-like folds.