The World's Smallest Mountain Range

February 7, 2022

Dear Friends of Middle Mountain Interpretive Hikes (MMIH):

Spring hikes are here!  This season's awesome schedule includes 22 hikes with a maximum of 15 hikers/per hike.  Sounds pretty good, right?!  Our utmost concern remains the health and safety of our guides, back-up guides (BuGs), and guest hikers.  Accordingly, our goal is to have everyone come on a hike healthy, and then go home healthy.


As you know, MMIH would not have any hikes if we did not have guides or BuGs.  These dedicated volunteers are what make our program work.  Some of these volunteers are over the age of 65, and some volunteers (of any age) have compromising-health issues.  Thankfully, our current guides and BuGs have all been vaccinated, and we are requesting, in turn, that our hikers be vaccinated, too.  If not vaccinated, we ask that you not sign up for this hiking season, and instead, wait for a safer time.  Our reasoning is quite simple.  Some of our guides will not lead hikes with unvaccinated hikers.  And if we do not have guides, then we do not have hikes.


Once again, we are asking our hikers to keep a respectful six-feet apart distance when hiking and to wear a mask or face covering (if not possible).  We want to be able to offer hikes in the Sutter Buttes, and we want them to be as safe as we can make them.  We know there are differing opinions about the COVID-19 situation, but we must respect our volunteers and do what we can to keep them healthy.  Please accept and respect our Middle Mountain Interpretive Hikes way of offering hikes and our Guides and BuGs.

Thank you and best regards,

Greg Payne, President

Board of Directors

Middle Mountain Interpretive Hikes





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Here are three ways to experience the Sutter Buttes:
Drive or cycle around them; schedule a spring/fall/winter hiking adventure with

Middle Mountain Interpretive Hikes; or visit 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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Donations are welcome at Middle Mountain Interpretive Hikes, a 501c3 non-profit organization.

To donate, send a check (made payable to MMIH) to P.O. Box 3613, Yuba City, CA 95992.  Thank you!


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.