North Table Mountain Waterfalls

Chico, California

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Walk across the top of a table mountain to waterfalls that cut through broken basalt. The basalt foundation of North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve gives rise to a remarkable landscape, one that boasts profuse springtime wildfl ower blooms, vernal pools supporting unique plant species, and seasonal waterfalls that tumble down broken-rock ravines. A number of waterfalls fl ow on the reserve property when conditions are right. But trails on the reserve are presently cross-country, at least until a planned accessible trail and directional signboards are in place. Regardless of which waterfalls are fl owing or accessible, a winter’s walk on top of North Table Mountain is breathtaking. The Central Valley opens below, with the shadowy coast ranges defining the western horizon. To the south the rugged Sutter Buttes punch the sky. If fog or haze has settled onto the valley floor, a carpet of white streaks across the blues and greens and browns of the viewscape.
Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

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Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

by Tracy Salcedo-Chourré (Falcon Guides)

Walk across the top of a table mountain to waterfalls that cut through broken basalt.

The basalt foundation of North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve gives rise to a remarkable landscape, one that boasts profuse springtime wildfl ower blooms, vernal pools supporting unique plant species, and seasonal waterfalls that tumble down broken-rock ravines. A number of waterfalls fl ow on the reserve property when conditions are right. But trails on the reserve are presently cross-country, at least until a planned accessible trail and directional signboards are in place.

Regardless of which waterfalls are fl owing or accessible, a winter’s walk on top of North Table Mountain is breathtaking. The Central Valley opens below, with the shadowy coast ranges defining the western horizon. To the south the rugged Sutter Buttes punch the sky. If fog or haze has settled onto the valley floor, a carpet of white streaks across the blues and greens and browns of the viewscape.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Chico
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4-5.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: California Department of Fish and Wildlife; (916) 358-2869; www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/2/wildflower-tours. Please use the website as the office is staffed part-time only.
Local Maps: USGS Oroville CA; Chico Hiking Association map at www.chicohiking.org/Individual-Hike-Pages/Valley-and-Foothill/ Many-Waterfalls.htm
Driving Directions: Directions to North Table Mountain Waterfalls

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