Geography and Geology
Table Mountain is a prominent table-like geologic formation located north of Oroville, CA and west of Lake Oroville in Butte County. It's easily seen from Highway 99 to the east once you've passed the Thermolito Afterbay. Table Mountain was likely formed by an ancient volcanic eruption. The basalt, known as the Lovejoy, flowed into a stream valley and filled it up. Eventually the surrounding valley walls eroded away leaving just the flat-topped basalt. In geography, this is called inverted topography. The same Lovejoy basalt can be found in Upper Bidwell Park and parts of Paradise. Even more interesting, this basalt can also be seen at Black Butte Lake! Basalt is mined off of Table Mountain and used for semi-improved roads or parking lots. See the Table Mountain topographic map online.
Part of Table Mountain is open to the public off of Cherokee Road and is a popular spot to go for wildflower season. Vernal pools on North Table Mountain provide habitat for some rare flowering plants. It has its own little ecological world up there.
Within California the cluster of many waterfalls on North Table Mountain is second only to that of Yosemite Valley. Phantom Falls Trail provides hiking access to the top of the waterfall where it spills off Table Mountain and down into Coal Canyon.
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* North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve - CA Dept Fish & Game * North Table Mountain: Beauty, Majesty and Wonder - CA Dept Fish & Game - pdf with pictures. * Table Mountain history, hikes, access, aerial photos - Larry Matthews * North Table Mountain - Experience Butte County * Table Mountain wildflowers - El Dorado Chapter, California Native Plant Society * North Table Mountain : Climbing, Hiking & Mountaineering : SummitPost
See more nearby hiking trails in Butte County, Glenn County, Plumas County and Tehama County.
2011-02-24 14:53:14 We saw some great waterfalls while hiking at Table Mountain in February. An unexpected bonus was to see the first few wildflowers of the season. —BruceThomas