Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 27, 2017

Table Mt. Wildflowers 3/27/17

North Table Mountain Wildflowers report
submitted by Daniel Jhong

There is now a good showing of wildflowers at the North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve in Oroville, CA. However, the flowers seem to be a bit late as compared to last year. Not as many poppies yet and many of the goldfields are small but growing. It might still be at least a week away from peak bloom. The most concentrated areas of flowers seem to be near the top of some of the small hills and surrounding the mounds of volcanic rock.
Because it rained the day before, several of my friends ended up with wet and muddy shoes. If you don’t have water resistant shoes, it may be good to have an extra pair to change to when you get back to your vehicle. If you are going to hike to the waterfalls, it may require crossing and rock hoping over a couple small streams/ creeks along the way. There are some paths but no real established trails. The CDFW is not offering guided wildflower tours this year but there is staff by the entrance on the weekends to answer questions and help with directions. If you watch or follow many of the locals, they are all going about the same direction toward Phantom Falls walking straight out into the fields and going a bit to the right from the parking lot entrance. After going about 1 -2 miles you will see a lot more purple flowers as you get near Phantom Falls.

The Oroville Wildflower & Nature Festival will be this coming Saturday, April 1st from 10am to 4pm at the Nelson Complex. There is free admission to the event and guided wildflower bus tours up to Table Mountain with a $10 reservation donation.

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