“Now by the brook the maple leans
With all his glory spread,
And all the sumachs on the hills
Have turned their green to red.”
– from Indian Summer /William Wilfred Campbell
Both plants are related to but much kinder than their evil cousin Toxicodendron rydbergii (poison ivy). This family includes several species (Cashew, Pistachio, Mango) of economic importance. The drupes of the genus Rhus are ground into a deep-red or purple powder used as a spice in Middle Eastern cuisine. A drink made from the drupes is known as Sumac-ade.
Mandy and I decided to hike up the newly rerouted Homestead Trail. A steep section up a mesa was replaced with a switch back offering sweeping views of Eldorado Mountain and the South Boulder Creek below. Our hike starts at the South Mesa Trailhead. After a short walk across the South Boulder Creek bridge we pickup the Homestead Trail which starts next to the Dunn House. Be sure to read the interpretative sign, this area is rich with cultural artifacts. There is even a downloadable audible walking tour available from the City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks department.
We follow the trail to the Homestead trailhead and go west…
We climb above the South Boulder Creek with views of the canyons and mountains to the west…
I found a great spot on the mesa to set up my panorama tripod to capture some large vistas of Eldorado Mountain and Eldorado Canyon State Park. Can you see the Mickey Mouse Climbing Wall? Click here to open a 360 degree view.
Just then an Amtrak train went chugging up Eldorado Mountain on its way west via the route of the California Zephyr…
Tags: California Zephyr, Doudy, drupes, Dunn House, Eldorado Canyon, Eldorado Canyon State Park, Eldorado Mountain, Homestead Trail, Mickey Mouse Climbing Wall, OSMP, Rhus aromatica, Rhus glabra, South Boulder Creek, South Mesa Trailhead, sumac, Sumac-ade, Towhee Trail