I know that our bodies were made to thrive only in pure air, and the scenes in which pure air is found. ~ John Muir
Come to find out, this was a real treat. There's an aura of mystery around the Sutter Buttes because they have been closed off.
The Buttes, referred to as the smallest mountain range in the world, stand out in jagged craggy points - a castle in the sky. The view behind us reaches all the way from Mt. Shasta to downtown Sacramento on a very clear day. We were fortunate, it had been extremely windy the two weeks prior to our visit, so we had a great trek to the top but the far reaching view alluded us on this spring morning. As you can see, you can still see quite far behind us here. The North Butte is off to our right and a beautiful setting flowing from the valleys to the farmland.
I did not jump into the slam ball session with the crew but opted to tram it up to the tower with the 'masters' and enjoy a little historical tour of the very active relay station. Here we have the Sacramento side of the view behind us. If you look real close, you can see the rice fields and a small burn going on down there.
We trekked down to the Sutter Buttes Brewery for a perfect post hike meal, some great small town atmosphere and getting to know our peeps just that much more.