Phantom Falls may be the most well-known waterfall at Table Mountain, but there are more waterfalls that that one on the ecological reserve! In fact, during the rainy season, the Many Waterfalls Cross-Country hike will have at least nine waterfalls, with up to 14 flowing within a few days of a major rainstorm. However, their beauty is fleeting--the major ones, including Phantom Falls and Beatson Falls, flow from the first storms in the winter through about April, while others only flow a few days after the big storms. All of them are dry throughout the summer. If you are lucky and go on a hike after a big rainstorm in March, all the falls will be running and there will be millions of wildflowers carpeting the rocky flats.
Overall, this loop makes for a great location for viewing multiple Northern California waterfalls—all in one spot if you time your trip right.
- The hike is soggy if it has rained recently, and your feet will get wet unless you have waterproof hiking boots.
- Expect to see grazing cattle; they are generally not dangerous, but give the occasional bull some space.
- The wildflower blooms are best late February through April.
- Check out the Chico Hiking Association for more information on this hike and many others throughout Butte County.