The Adventure: Hikes, music at Sutter Buttes

What: The Middle Mountain Foundation hosts its annual Sunset Serenade hiking event to raise funds for preserving the Sutter Buttes. Tours go through private farmland and include a musical performance at sunset.

When: 2 p.m. Saturday for the hike, followed by pre-dinner festivities at 4 p.m.

How to get there: Meet at the Community Memorial Museum, 1333 Butte House Road, Yuba City, to caravan about six miles to the Sutter Buttes. From Sacramento, go north toward Yuba City on Highway 99. Turn left at Highway 20, heading west. Turn right on Civic Center Boulevard, then right on Butte House Road. For the caravan, take your own car or ride with another participant.

The organizers say: "Untouched" and "pristine" are among the adjectives used to describe the Sutter Buttes. The Middle Mountain Foundation, a nonprofit that helps protect the unique area, is opening the locked gates of a 1,200-acre cattle ranching area for visitors to explore.

"It's simply beautiful," said Karen Morrison, a foundation board member, describing the area where oak woodlands and meadow landscapes overlook the Sacramento Valley. Participants can choose among three hikes of varying difficulty, but all, Morrison said, offer spectacular views.

"It's so untouched," she said. "It's as it was a couple hundred years ago, and it's very peaceful and quiet."

Admission: $100 per person; RSVP mandatory.

Information: To make a reservation, call the hike line, (530) 671-6116 or e-mail mmfhikes@yahoo.com. For information on the foundation: http://middlemountain.org