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Sutter Buttes Backpack & Hike (March 23-24)

posted Mar 8, 2013, 9:03 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Mar 15, 2013, 9:34 AM ]

Troop 57 ventures to the “World’s Smallest Mountain Range” on Saturday, March 23rd for an overnight backpack and hiking trip.  The Sutter Buttes are an area rich in geological history (formed by a volcano), native American and settler history, as well as having abundant wildlife.  The Buttes are essentially all private land, but the troop has been granted special permission to camp and visit there.

The backpack into the campsite area will be relatively easy, but on Sunday morning, we will be lead on a hike through the mountains by a local naturalist and historian, exploring hidden lakes, remnants from early settlers and unique geologic formations.  With luck, we may also see some of the local wildlife that call the Buttes home, including deer, turkey, wild boar and coyotes.

On the way to the Buttes on Saturday, we’ll make a stop at the Gray Lodge Wildlife Refuge, one of largest single protected habitat settings for waterfowl in the US.  Ducks and geese call it home year round, but at certain times of year, the population count can be over 100,000 birds within Gray Lodge itself.

 We will return to Palo Alto on Sunday, March 24th in time for dinner.

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