California Department of Fish and Wildlife

North Central Region

Main Office
   1701 Nimbus Road
   Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
   (916) 358-2900
   FAX: (916) 358-2912

Sales Hours
   8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
   Monday - Friday

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Regional Manager:
Tina Bartlett

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hills with wildflowers
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For More Information

  • Wildflowers of Table Mountain: a Naturalist's Guide by Albin Bills and Samantha Mackey, 2011 - available from Chico State Herbarium

Wildflower Tours at North Table Mountain

Guided public hiking tours of North Table Mountain are offered March through April, 10:00 a.m. - noon and 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Tour leaders will talk about the area's geology, vernal pools, waterfalls, wildflowers and wildlife.

Tour Information

The hike lasts about two hours, with a distance of 2 to 2.5 miles; and involves hiking without established trails, over irregular terrain, and through several ravines. Stream crossings and somewhat difficult hill climbing are required. Streams (depending on the frequency of rain) are often full earlier in the season, making crossings more challenging. Please carefully assess your physical abilities before you register.

The Tour Season

Waterfalls and California Newts are more active in late February and middle March and less so later. Wildflower season begins slowly with a few species flowering in late February and progresses through April and a little into May—with peak blooms in the warming days of early April. However, the peak and intensity of wildflower blooms can vary highly from year to year depending on the timing and amount of rain.

  • Each tour is limited to 25 participants, and will happen rain or shine – hazardous weather will cancel.
  • Dress for the weather. Hats, sunscreen, snacks, water, and sturdy closed-toe footwear are recommended.
  • Dogs and pets are NOT allowed on tours.
  • Collecting and removing plants or animals is not permitted.

Registration

REGISTER

Cancellation is possible online at CDFW's North Central Region Eventbrite website, or by calling (916) 358-2869.

Restroom Facilities

Portable restrooms are provided in the parking area during tour season only. There are no facilities available during the hike. Trash receptacles are not provided at the site. Please be prepared to pack out your own trash.

Visiting Table Mountain on your own

North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve is open to the public year round, dawn to dusk. Before your visit please review the Special Restrictions below.

Directions

From Hwy 70 in Oroville, exit at Grand Ave (Exit 48). Go East 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.

Special Restrictions and Advisories

  • Please do not approach the cattle closer than 300 feet.
  • Removal of mineral, archaeological, or natural resources in any form is prohibited except as provided in CCR Title 14, §650
  • Removal or disturbance of any form of plant or animal life is prohibited except as provided in CCR Title 14, §650
  • No collecting is allowed except as provided in CCR Title 14, §650.
  • Camping is not allowed.
  • Fires of any kind are not allowed including fireworks, or other explosive or incendiary devices.
  • Dogs on the reserve must be retained on a leash of less than 10 feet.
  • Motorized vehicles are prohibited except on designated access roads and parking areas.
  • Any refuse resulting from a person's use of an area must be removed from the area by that person.
  • Horses and bicycles are prohibited from entering the reserve.

Questions

If you have further questions email interpretiveservices@wildlife.ca.gov or call: (916) 358-2869