THE SUTTER BUTTES
The World's Smallest Mountain Range
Welcome to 2023 Spring Hikes! This curated season offers you a variety of adventurous hikes for exploring the beautiful interior of Middle Mountain, the Sutter Buttes, with our knowledgeable team of guides and trained back-up guides (BuGs). These people absolutely love hiking the Buttes themselves and have developed a true calling for sharing their own Middle Mountain experiences with new and returning hikers. Our springtime treks are personally tailored and designed to enable curious, inquisitive hikers to learn more about wildlife and plant life; see and encounter the geological forces of 1.6 million years of volcanic nature shaping this unique, mysterious landscape; and to contemplate, reflect upon, and study the local indigenous Nisenan/Southern Maidu culture. We are looking forward to seeing, feeling, and sensing this amazing natural world of Middle Mountain right along with you!
Additionally, MMIH is thrilled to once again host the annual Sunset Serenade Fundraiser at Historical Dean Place which offers a lovely afternoon stroll or nature hike and a catered dinner at the majestic base of North Butte. For more information, please refer to our website's Hike Description for the Sunset Serenade. Then, proceed to the Hike Schedule tab for pre-registering to attend and experience the timeless, unforgettable magic of the Middle Mountain Sunset Serenade.
Notes: MMIH is not requiring hikers to be vaccinated. Masks are welcome. And we respectfully request that if you have any cold, flu, or COVID-19 symptoms, please do not come on your registered hike. Thank you in advance for your kind consideration of others' health and well-being.
With sincere hiking regards,
Middle Mountain Interpretive Hikes
Maps name the captivating 1.6 million-years old volcanic peaks as the “Sutter Buttes.” Middle Mountain Interpretive Hikes offers homage to the indigenous name of the spiritually vital “Mountains in the Middle” rising dramatically from the center of the Sacramento Valley. Views from afar inspire closer visits through a 60-minute drive, 45-mile bike ride, or a memorable hike within the Buttes 10-mile-wide range.
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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
Share a special memory along with a coordinating photo(s) of the Sutter Buttes
with Middle Mountain Interpretive Hikes at: email@example.com.
Selected remembrances will be featured on our Facebook Page
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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.
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