Sutter Buttes Trails Professional Review and Guide
"Reputed to be the smallest free-standing mountain range in the United States, the Sutter Buttes rise more than 2000 feet from the Great Valley floor. The volcanic Buttes are literally an island of nearly pristine nature surrounded by the Valley’s industrial farmlands. Most of the Buttes are privately owned, and public access is limited to hikes and outings led by the volunteer guides of the Middle Mountain Foundation. The Foundation works with local landowners to provide, for a reasonable fee, public access to the Buttes with an emphasis on education. The volcanic rock formations and dramatic topography of the Buttes, their rich oak woodlands and meadows, and their colorful tapestry of seasonal wildflowers are well worth the fee. The Foundation leads a wide variety of hikes and outings of varying difficulty, ranging in length from 2.0 to 8.0 miles. Many emphasize the natural history of the Buttes, including geology, wildflowers, birds, as well as Native American traditions and myths."