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SAFETY GUIDELINES &
LIABILITY SIGNATURE FORM
Event Ratings are a guideline to help you to choose an outing that matches your fitness and ability.
Distance and elevation gain are dependent on the outing, the property, and the guide.
1 Boot = Easy: One to three miles and less than 300 feet elevation gain/loss.
2 Boot = Moderate: Two to five miles and generally less than 600 feet elevation gain/loss.
3 Boot = Moderately Challenging: Four to seven miles with the possibility of multiple elevation gains/losses of 600-800 ft.
4 Boot = Difficult: Four to seven miles and/or elevation gains/losses, likely in excess of 800 feet.
5 Boot = Strenuous: Four to eight miles with multiple and/or significant elevation gains/losses.
6 Boot = Extreme: Five to fourteen miles with multiple and significant elevation gains/losses in excess of 1,000+ feet
(miles determined by outing).
Detailed hike registration and payment information are emailed to hikers upon reservation. The cost is $35 per hiker. Meet and greet time is 8:00 a.m. – unless otherwise stated in the hike description. Hikes are limited to 15-registered hikers. Important-Hike Notes: Carry food and water. Wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes. Hiking/walking sticks are very helpful.
North Butte/Dean Place
The Summit Ascent is one of our most challenging treks. This route is a steep 1,000-foot push straight up North Butte. It is off trail and has no easy switchbacks. Hikers must be in extremely good physical condition and not suffer from vertigo. Cost = $45.
Saturday, February 26; Sunday, March 6; Sunday, March 20; Sunday, April 10
Shaeffer East Ridge
Hikers will explore the beautiful Shaeffer Ranch belonging to the same family since the 1860s. This wondrous hike (on the northside of the Buttes) provides inland views of North Butte and Peace Valley, weather permitting. Amazingly, Mount Lassen and Mount Shasta are often seen in the distant horizon.
Sunday, February 27
Walk the fence line of the historic Sutter Buttes ranch, Dean Place. Fence-line terrain will be rugged just like the cowboys charged with mending it. Bring sturdy boots, a days-worth of water, and your sense of adventure – work gloves optional. Hike-difficulty Level :
March 12 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
This is a six-mile strenuous/steep ascent between the tallest of ridge tops. It is a narrow trail traversing a precipitous incline with a 1,000-foot elevation gain. Midway, you will be looking deeply into the beautiful hidden valleys below.
Saturday, March 5
Brockman Canyon Trek Brockman Ranch
Travel to the intriguing, fascinating center of the Sutter Buttes! Be prepared for steady climbing on uneven ground. Frequent stops will be provided for curiosity’s sake alone! These special moments will allow for examinations of the landscape’s intriguing natural elements and eye-catching scenic vistas.
Saturday, March 19;
Sunday, March 27
On a springtime walk in the beautiful green hills of the Sutter Buttes, you will find a plethora of wildflowers like: Popcorn Flower; White Hyacinth; Larkspur; Monkey Flower; Dutchman’s Pipe; Shooting Stars; and Baby Blue Eyes. Remember to bring your hand lens, camera, and wildflower field guide! Hike-difficulty Level: Sunday, March 20;
Saturday, April 2
Shaeffer West Ridge
This challenging hike occurs on the northside of the Sutter Buttes. Hikers will explore the Shaeffer Family Ranch, an historical Sutter Buttes property that has belonged to the same family since the 1860s. Depending on visibility, the hike may include views of North Butte, Peace Valley, and the old Titan Missile Site. Both Mount Lassen and Shasta are often seen in the distance.
Saturday, March 26; Saturday, April 9
Wild Nature - Dean Place
Learn about the exciting diversity of animals and plants in the Buttes, and the fascinating adaptations which have allowed them to survive. Your leader will be Gene Trapp, Professor Emeritus of Biological Science at CSU Sacramento. Bring your questions about mammals for interesting conversations about their behavior and ecology. Bring your camera and binoculars! Hike-difficulty Level:
Saturday, April 2
Geology - Dean Place
Discover the violent origins of the Sutter Buttes, a small-mountain range, with Volcanologist, Dr. Brian Hausback. Amazing clues will be revealed about the Buttes 1.5 million years of geological history! Did you know that the study of geology is the study of the Earth, and so is ultimately the study of rocks? Geologists define a rock as: a bound aggregate of minerals, mineraloids, or fragments of other rocks. Learn about the three major groups of rocks: Igneous; sedimentary; and metamorphic.
Hike-difficulty Level: to
Sunday, April 3
Birds of the Buttes
Hopefully, our Middle Mountain birders will witness an array of birds contentedly living and thriving amongst the majestic splendor, scenery, and glory of the uniquely beautiful Sutter Buttes. Hikers will search for a myriad of birding habitats forever hiding and lurking in the brush, shrubs, and ancient oak trees. By the way, did you know that the Sutter Buttes are located in the famous Pacific Flyway?! Birding Notes: Remember to bring your binoculars and camera.
Saturday, April 16 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Full Moon - Dean Place
While under the bewitching spell of the full moon’s entrancing, always magnificent lunar glow, hikers will contemplate, observe, ponder, and reflect on nature’s celestial, earthly mysteries, while strolling through the illuminated, shadowy oak groves perfectly set amidst the alluringly gentle hillsides of Dean Place. Hike-difficulty Level:
Saturday, April 16 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sacred Manner - Dean Place
A lovely and peaceful nature walk with Stan Padilla focuses on his reverence for the sanctity of all life and the Native-American mythology of the Sutter Buttes. Padilla will share sacred stories about the indigenous people living in and around present-day Sutter County, the land of the Southern Maidu/Nisenan. Did you know that “Maidu” means “the people”? Hike-difficulty Level:
Saturday, April 23
Photography - Dean Place
This popular event is designed for photographers of all levels! Joe Reusser and Laura Lush are the hike’s leading interpretive guides. There will be several backup guides available so that photographers may scout the beautiful terrain of the Sutter Buttes for photo opportunities galore! Remember to bring your camera! Hike-difficulty Level: to
Saturday, April 23, 2:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Dean Place Wildflowers
On a springtime hike in the beautiful green hills of the Sutter Buttes, you will find a lovely variety of wildflowers like: Popcorn Flower; White Hyacinth; Larkspur; Monkey Flower; Dutchman’s Pipe; Shooting Stars; and Baby Blue Eyes. Remember to bring your hand lens, camera, and wildflower field guide! Prepare for some moderate climbing and uneven ground. Hike-difficulty Level:
Sunday, April 24
Bats of the Buttes
This is a uniquely rare opportunity for a limited number of participants to witness mammal biologist, David Wyatt, conducting bat research in the Sutter Buttes! Special Notes: Bring a flashlight and a folding chair or cushiony seat to watch the show!
Saturday, April 30, 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sunset Serenade - Dean Place (SAVE THE DATE)
Hopefully, COVID-19 will not prevent Middle Mountain Interpretive Hikes from hosting its annual fundraiser, Sunset Serenade! We will keep you informed… In the meantime, please “save the date!”
Hike-difficulty Level: Saturday, May 7
2:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
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