North table mountain ecological reserve hiking with chico the boston terrier electricity pick up lines

Finally Made it to North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve! I have been wanting to go here for a year now, mostly to catch the wildflowers, but every time I looked at the weather it was 90 degrees, even this week in Mid May the window was small, it was 75 today, but projected to be 86 tomorrow and even hotter the rest of the week. A lot of the space is in direct sunlight, though you can find some shady trees here and there, and the section that we didn’t make it to looked to be all forested.

North Table Mountain is in Northern California right outside of Oroville, and there is plenty of hiking and camping for you and your dog in the area. I know that I plan to go back and do Feather Falls, and camp at Lake Oroville SRA, maybe the Feather Falls Campground if someone can convince me that it is not too sketchy:) A Free campground at a popular trail head, makes me nervous about people walking through my camp all day and night.

North Table Mountain is a gorgeous leash only place to hike with your dog, though as you pull into the parking lot you might not realize it at first as you look across what appears to be a flat land with some fields. Twenty feet in, you will see your first blankets of wildflowers, and if you meander to the left on what appears to be a well worn path running along a tiny stream, you will see more wildflowers lining the stream.

Even though we went late in the wildflower season, and the grass was browning, we still saw many different teeny tiny wildflowers here. It’s hard to capture how beautiful they look, as well as how stunning the small pockets of streams and ponds flowing over ancient basalt lava are.

So those waterfalls…After entering the park we took that left trail along the stream, and got to the only trail marker we saw in the whole park, and that trail was along the edge of a cliff, and I knew it went down to one of the falls–however my fear of heights really kicked in. This trail looked to be 10 inches wide and right on the edge of the cliff, for only like 20 feet, but it was all that loose rock stuff–I’m such a wimp. I’ll go back though when I have my trekking poles with me. I thought it was funny when the sign near the entrance said stay away from unstable cliffs as the land looked all flat, jokes on me! But really, I was surprised how steep that cliffs were.

There are porta potties in the parking lot, online it says that they are there wildflower season only, I don’t know how accurate this info is, but, be prepared. They were clean too! There are no trash cans, so you’ll need to pack your stuff out. Also you need to buy a lands day pass online.

I’ll post the rest of the photos below, and hopefully get around to all the National Parks that we have camped at in the past year! You can camp at most National Parks with your dog, though most you can’t go on trails…but they all have these different little rules that you can work with…like Yosemite : Paved Surfaces Only–the whole valley floor has sidewalks and paved trails ( plus there are other trails you can take your dog, they have a hand out). Yellowstone : developed areas and must stay within 100 feet of the parking lots, campgrounds, and the road…Old Faithful is a developed area with a nice shady spot behind the bleachers that people sit with their dogs, and within 100 feet of roads is a lot of leeway, especially since the roads run along rivers. Death Valley National Park–allowed on any dirt road–the whole park is hundreds of miles of dirt roads that often run parallel to popular trails, or great jeep roads like Titus Canyon.