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Table Mountain is where you can see Butte County's 'bloom'

Watch this video to see the "bloom" on Table Mountain. The video was taken on Saturday, Mar. 30, 2019.

Posted: Mar 31, 2019 12:51 PM
Updated: Apr 14, 2019 5:22 PM

Updated 5:20 p.m. Sunday, Apr. 14, 2019 - We have added some incredible photographs to the gallery in the article that were taken by Teresa Munson of Reno, Nevada.

She went up to the ecological reserve on Saturday and says Table Mountain is her new favorite hiking spot.

Created by ancient lava (basalt) flows, the approximately 3,300 acre North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve is an elevated basalt mesa with beautiful vistas of spring wildflowers, waterfalls, lava outcrops, and a rare type of vernal pool, called Northern Basalt Flow Vernal Pools. Typically fissures in the basalt soak up winter rains, forming seasonal streams and waterfalls. In a few places, however, the underlying basalt is impermeable to water forming a temporary pool. Soon to dry up after rains end, only specialized plants and animals adapted to this habitat can survive over time.

Despite the impacts of non-native invasive plant species, range management practices, such as cattle grazing, have contributed to maintaining spectacular wildflower blooms that draw many visitors from near and far to the North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve.

For more information, call the North Central Region Rancho Cordova office at (916) 358-2900


TABLE MOUNTAIN, Calif. - Butte County has its own place where people traditionally go in the springtime to see the local wildflowers blooming. That place is Table Mountain.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife leads hikes. One was held on Saturday. During the guided hike park rangers led an exploration of the unique habitat and geology of Table Mountain.

You can take the hike any day from dawn to dusk. You want to wear closed-toed shoes and bring plenty of water. There are no restrooms at the site, and cattle graze all over the area. The California Department of Fish & Wildlife says for safety you should stay at least 300 feet away from the cattle.  Cattle grazing on the reserve is used as a management tool to reduce thatch and non-native grass species to benefit native plants.

Removing, collecting or disturbing any natural resources (mineral, plant, animal) is prohibited. Dogs must be on a leash. 


The North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve is located approximately seven miles north of Oroville.


From Hwy 70 in Oroville. Exit at Grand Ave (Exit 48). Go East (right) on Grand Ave for 1 mile. Left on Table Mountain Blvd for a tenth of a mile. Right on Cherokee Road 6.3 miles north to the reserve. Official access is through a small parking lot on the west side of Cherokee Road.


A CDFW Lands Pass must be carried by each visitor who is 16 years of age or older, however, visitors who are carrying a valid California hunting or fishing license in their name are exempt from this requirement.

Lands Passes may be purchased on-line, by phone at (800) 565-1458, or in-person at locations wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold.

Lands Passes cannot be substituted for Wildlife Area Hunting Passes, which are required for adult hunters on Type-A and Type-B wildlife areas.

Daily (1-day) Lands Pass
($4.58 for 2019)
Valid only for the day printed on the pass.

Annual Lands Pass
($25.92 for 2019)
Valid for one calendar year. If you purchase an annual lands pass after the first of the year, it is valid for the remainder of that year.

Both daily and annual lands passes are valid for entry on any lands pass property.

Sidebar article contains for information about the North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve.

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