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“Enjoy a tour of the best places in North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve.”
— Ron W
From the official website:
Sturdy closed-toe footwear and water bottles are advised when visiting the area. Water, trash receptacles, and restrooms are not available on site. Removing, collecting or disturbing any natural resources (mineral, plant, animal) is prohibited. Dogs must be on a leash. Cattle grazing on the reserve is used as a management tool to reduce thatch and non-native grass species to benefit native plants. Do not approach the cattle closer than 300 feet.
North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve is on a very large plateau overlooking the city of Oroville with partial views of Lake Oroville. This is the popular spot with the locals for wildflower viewing.
Features: River/Creek — Views — Waterfall — Wildflowers
Need to Know
Arrive early - parking area fills up quickly, especially when the wildflowers are in bloom.
A few old dirt roads run through the plateau but no formal hiking or running trails.
Ancient lava flows created the plateau. It's an ecological reserve ( wildlife.ca.gov/Lands/Place...
) and seems to be well known among locals.
"Marked" trails don't really exist in this area – most people wander around the vast plateau. Since it's an ancient lava flow, there are also small canyons/valleys and waterfalls (in the winter and spring).
Flora & Fauna
Cattle are allowed to graze.
Typical Northern California foothill wildflowers as shown in the photos.
History & Background
The ancient lava flows collect rain water and channel it into streams and waterfalls.
As in most central California places, the area was once ranch land and cattle continue to graze.