The World's Smallest Mountain Range

October 7, 2021

Dear Friends of Middle Mountain Interpretive Hikes,

Middle Mountain Interpretive Hikes (MMIH) usually starts its season in late October, but with this dry year, we are going to wait until mid-November, hoping we get some much-needed rain before we hike.  Because of Covid-19, there will be some other changes as well.  Our biggest concern is the safety of our guides, our back-up guides (BuGs) and of course, our hikers.  We want everyone to come on a hike healthy, and then go home healthy.

It is fairly obvious that we would not have any hikes if we did not have any guides or BuGs.  These dedicated volunteers are what make our program work.  But a lot of these volunteers are over 65-years old.  Some volunteers (of any age) have compromising health issues.  Our guides and BuGs have all been vaccinated, and we are going to ask that if anyone wants to come on one of our hikes this fall/winter season, that they be vaccinated too.  If you are not vaccinated, we ask that you not sign up for our hikes this season, but instead wait for a safer time. Our reasoning is quite simple.  Some of our guides have said they will not lead hikes with unvaccinated hikers.  If we do not have any guides, then we do not have any hikes.

 We will also have a few other changes which will be listed in detail on our website soon.  We will hike with smaller groups.  We will ask hikers to keep a respectful distance of six-feet apart when hiking and to wear a mask or face-covering if you cannot.  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.  So please come hike with us if you can and help us keep everyone safe at the same time.  We ask that you please accept and respect the Middle Mountain Interpretive Hikes way of offering hikes.  And we ask that you please respect our guides and BuGs.  Thank you.


Greg Payne, President

Board of Directors

Middle Mountain Interpretive Hikes





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Here 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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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.