Join Department of Fish and Game (DFG) naturalists for a tour of North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve near Oroville this spring. Tour leaders and local field experts will point out and discuss the area’s unique geology, beautiful vistas, spectacular wildflower blooms, rare vernal pools and more!
North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve is open year-round from dawn to dusk. Hiking and bird watching are popular activities but the wildflower viewing can be stunning. Wildflower season generally begins in late February through March, with peak blooms in April. However, the season and intensity of wildflower booms can vary highly from year to year.
Two tours will be offered every Saturday in March and April, one at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Each tour is limited to 25 participants. Advance registration is required on the DFG website at www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/er/region2/northtable.html. These tours were extremely popular in 2011, so early registration is recommended. Additional information and photos can also be found on the website.
These two-hour tours cover up to two miles and involve moderate hiking over fields of uneven and rocky terrain, without established trails. Some small stream crossings and hill climbing may be required. Hikers should wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes and bring their own water and snacks, as neither are available onsite. Dogs are not allowed on these tours. Before you visit please review the Special Restrictions listed on the website.
The tours are free, but registrants are encouraged to make a donation online to the California Wildlife Foundation to support this program.
If you are unable to register online or need more information, please call DFG Interpretive Services at (916) 358-2869.