There are a few magnificent destinations to see wildflower blooms in Northern California. The North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve in Oroville might be the best.
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.
The wildflowers are already in bloom, but it’s far from their peak, which will likely happen in April or May. As the waterfall flows and the flowers display their vivid colors, expect large crowds to gather. The small parking lot tends to fill up quickly, so it’s advisable to arrive early to secure a spot. Upon entering the area, characterized by its lush fields and grazing cows, you’ll notice a lack of well-defined trails. Simply follow the crowd and keep an eye out for signs to navigate the terrain. Most visitors conclude their hike at the spectacular Phantom Falls.
Here’s our trip in 2020:
With a very wet year in Northern California, the wildflower bloom has arrived early in Table Mountain. Here are the best photos/videos of the area so far in 2023: