CalFire Butte County responded to a report of an injured hiker on Saturday afternoon, airlifting the person from a secluded region near Phantom Falls.
As the recent warm weather follows a wet winter season, numerous outdoor recreational opportunities have become available throughout the North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve, which includes Phantom Falls. However, officials are urging everyone to remain cautious when engaging in activities in these remote locations.
Both the Butte County Sheriff’s Office and the Butte County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team were also present at the scene. The identity of the hiker or nature of the injury remains unclear.
This destination is a popular springtime attraction in Butte County, not only for its vibrant wildflowers but also for the impressive 164-foot Phantom Falls. April is an especially popular time to visit the reserve, as the wildflower bloom is truly breathtaking during this period. But with an extremely wet winter, the wildflowers have arrived early for what might be a stunning year at North Table Mountain.
Upon entering the area, characterized by its lush fields and grazing cows, you’ll notice a lack of well-defined trails. That makes it difficult for hikers to maneuver through the wet terrain. If you do plan to visit the Table Mountain area, please try to stay on trails and be careful hiking in the wet, slippery areas.