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Sutter Buttes Backpack & Hike (Feb. 22-23)

posted Jan 15, 2014, 10:23 PM by Vivek Sharma   [ updated Jan 15, 2014, 10:51 PM ]

Troop 57 ventures to the “World’s Smallest Mountain Range” on Saturday, Feb. 22nd for an overnight backpack and hiking trip.  The Sutter Buttes are an area rich in geological history (a dormant volcano), native American history, and abundant wildlife.  The Buttes are essentially all private land, but we have special permission to camp and hike there.

The backpacking to the campsite area is relatively easy.  On Sunday morning, the land owner, who is also a local naturalist and historian, will lead a day hike through the mountains, exploring hidden lakes, remnants from early settlers and unique geologic formations.  With luck, we may also see or hear some of the local wildlife that call the Buttes home, including deer, turkey, wild boar, hoot owls and coyotes.

On the way to the Buttes on Saturday, we’ll stop and have lunch at one of the several neighboring state wildlife refuges, viewing the huge flocks of migratory waterfowl that favor protected habitat of this type.

We will leave from the Scout House on Feb. 22nd at 8:00 AM and return to Palo Alto on Sunday in time for dinner.  Sign up now to visit this very special place in the middle of California!  See the flyer for signup details.  [Flyer]