Crosby-Manitou State Park
The last section of this hike is on the Yellow Birch Trail along which grow large, mature exemplars of this member of the birch family. The yellow to dark brown bark distinguishes it from the white birch. It can grow to be 80 feet tall, about 15-20 feet taller than the more common white birch, with a diameter of up to three feet. The yellow birch grows on the better soils of northern Country where cool moist conditions exist. A variety of wildlife, including grouse, white-tailed deer, moose, rabbits, and red squirrels use the yellow birch as a food source.
Another distinguishing characteristic of the yellow birch is the odor and flavor of wintergreen in the crushed bark or broken twigs. No other birch tree has oil of wintergreen. The raw inner bark, either boiled or dried and pounded into a powder, makes a palatable energy food. Trees may be tapped like maples and its sap boiled down to a syrup. The sap, mixed with honey, can also be used to make birch beer. When you get to the Yellow Birch Trail, break off a piece of twig and chew on it for a bit of refreshing flavor at the end of a long hard hike.
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