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Sutter Buttes Hikes Spring 2012

The Sutter Buttes Society plans to resume our outing program in spring 2012.  Below are some of the outing selections we will offer.


Coal Mt. and North Butte looking out from Cat Rock Cave

Coal Mountain / Sutter Buttes State Park

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This rare excursion through California’s newest and least visited state park begins with a short climb to a 19th century graveyard where participants receive a brief overview of this uncharacteristic mountain.  We continue the park excursion with a stopover at the home site of Aaron Pugh, the leading pioneer of Peace Valley.  Afterward, we climb 500’ to the top of Coal Mountain to get a 360-degree perspective of the Sutter Buttes.  Once on Coal Mountain we will explore the relatively flat terrain to take in a variety of beautiful perspectives. Difficulty Level 3 of 5  

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Propylite Hills draped in green grass and popcorn flowers

Propylite Hills / Sutter Buttes State Park

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 The six-hour excursion will trek atop the Propylite Hills.  “Propylite” is decomposed volcanic rock that forms rounded hills. With a steep 800-foot elevation gain the hike will proceed at a moderate pace to relish a wide-variety of views.  Participants will witness rugged peaks and bucolic valleys; unencumbered vista of the northern Sacramento Valley and magnificent Bragg’s Canyon, that cuts through the middle of the circular mountain range.   The trip includes instruction on Sutter Buttes geology, history and the mountain’s unique biological community.

 The Propylite Hills provide some of the finest displays of wildflowers in the Sutter Buttes. Samples of some wildflowers to be seen on the hike are:  baby blue eyes, cream cups, foothill poppies, and hillsides of fragrant popcorn flowers.  Level 4 of 5

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Birders taking a break with Cat Rock in back

Birding in Buttes

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Taking full advantage of the varied habitats of Peace Valley we will stroll alongside a riparian stream looking for various songbirds, observe raptors while walking through an open savannah, spy upon birds near a year-round spring and observe Canyon Wrens as they search for insects within crevices of Cat Rock.    Besides birds, you will be delighted with the scenic splendor of Peace Valley in the spring.  Our leader will be Phil Johnson, a superb birding instructor from Alta Cal Audubon Society in Chico. Level 2 of 5  

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Hikers visiting the large flat stone at the base of Cat Rock
Cat Rock Loop

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On this moderate hike we circumnavigate Cat Rock, a volcanic “half dome” ascending 500’ above Peace Valley.  The 5-½ hour walk begins with a trek across the base of Cat Rock followed by a geology talk, then an ascent up a 300’ hill.  We end up at the shoulder of Cat Rock to enjoy a close up view of the mountain’s shear walls.  Walking around the back of Cat Rock anticipate a grand panorama of the northern Sacramento Valley.  The excursion ends with a visit to an ancient Indian encampment. Level 3 of 5  

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