North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve
Table Mountain, officially known as the North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve, is a beautiful mesa above the city of Oroville that serves up a jaw-dropping spring wildflower bloom, breathtaking Northern California waterfalls, and a chance to hike through a truly unique natural area. Formed by ancient lava flows, the underlying basalt rock holds water, resulting in stunning vernal pools and dramatic waterfalls like ephemeral, but spectacular, Phantom Falls. Grab a kite, a picnic basket (to enjoy on near, not on, wildflowers), or a water bottle and some hiking shoes and plan to spend a day at Table Mountain.
Recreation & Amenities
Table Mountain is open year-round for wildlife and wildflower viewing as well as hiking. The trails are rocky and uneven and largely exposed, so sturdy closed-toe shoes, water bottles, and sun protection are highly recommended when visiting. Stay safe by being vigilant on the rocky terrain and not getting too close to any cliff edge.
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.
Trip Tips for Responsible Travel
Make sure to help keep the reserve accessible by all by following other Leave No Trace principles and following hiking best practices.
Dogs must remain on-leash at all times
Trash cans and restrooms are available only at the parking lot, so plan accordingly, and be prepared pick up after yourself and pack out all trash
Stay on established trails, or travel on durable surfaces (like rocks or packed dirt) when off-trail travel is needed
Enjoy the views OF the wildflowers, not IN the wildflowers (don't pick or walk on the wildflowers)
Respect the grazing cattle by staying at least 300 feet away from them at all times.
Drones are not allowed on the reserve without an appropriate film permit
Parking is available in a gravel lot on the west side of Cherokee Road. The lot has a limited number of spaces, so please plan to arrive early for the best opportunities to park.
No parking on the pavement is allowed along the paved portion of Cherokee Road, beginning approximately 3.0 miles north of the intersection of Oregon Gulch Road (large parking turnout near the crest of Cherokee Road) to Derrick Road (map). Vehicles parking on the shoulder must be parked completely off the pavement; violators are subject to tow.
The road up to Table Mountain is a narrow country road, so drive slowly and be aware of on-coming traffic, crossing animals, and, as you get closer to the reserve's entrance, pedestrian crossing.
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- Exit at Grand Ave (Exit 48)
- Go East (right) on Grand Avenue for 1 mile
- Turn left on Table Mountain Blvd for a tenth of a mile
- Turn 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