The World's Smallest Mountain Range

Dear Friends of Middle Mountain Interpretive Hikes:


MMIH has made the difficult decision, based on current COVID-19 statistics for the local Yuba-Sutter community, to cancel its "normal" 2021-spring-hiking season in the Sutter Buttes.  Please refer to our President's current spring-newsletter message for a more detailed explanation of this cancellation.  This message may be found by clicking the "Newsletter" tab (located right above this letter).


As you all know, COVID vaccines are being distributed and soon the danger of contracting the disease will lessen.  Rest assured, MMIH is going to keep watching and waiting for that highly anticipated time for when it is safe to once again hike in the Sutter Buttes.  When this occurs, a hiking schedule will be posted here on our website.  And take note, when those lovely spring flowers and trees start to blossom, remember to visit this website, once again, for the slight possibility that …  just maybe (due to less COVID-19 risk) … you will find an “open-for-reservation” hike eagerly awaiting your registration.  That is our springtime wish for you and all of us at MMIH!


In the meantime, stay healthy and safe!

With hiking regards,

The MMIH Board


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There are three ways to experience the Sutter Buttes:
A driving or cycling tour around them; Middle Mountain Interpretive Hikes or outings;
or a visit to the Sutter County Museum.






People are drawn to the Sutter Buttes, whether they live in the area or are just passing through. They are a ten-mile wide circle of volcanic peaks that are dramatically isolated in the center of the Sacramento Valley.

There are a series of county roads that circle the Sutter Buttes and Pass Road actually goes through them on the south side. The loop is about 45 miles. There is no other public access. There are no hiking trails, picnic areas, or public parks.

Middle Mountain Interpretive Hikes offers guided interpretive outings on several properties in the interior of the Sutter Buttes. These outings are held from late October through early-May. They are posted on this website in early October for the Fall Season and early February for the Spring. Outings are $35 per person unless otherwise stated in the description. Sign up or call 530-370-4777 and leave a message.

The Sutter County Museum has a wealth of information about the Sutter Buttes, as well as a relief map, which allows close study of the peaks and valleys. The Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City.  (530) 822-7141   Website

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To help support Middle Mountain Interpretive Hikes, a 501c3 non-profit organization, please send a check (made payable to MMIH) to P.O. Box 3613, Yuba City, CA 95992.  Thank you in advance for your contribution! 
 Your generosity is truly appreciated!


Middle Mountain Interpretive Hikes advances the understanding of the natural and cultural features of the Sutter Buttes through interactive educational activities for schoolchildren and the public.