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North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve - Phantom Falls

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Apr 14 7:00AM - 9:00AM

I will do this hike 2 Saturdays in a row 4/7 and 4/14. May explore a little bit of different area each time. The waterfalls should be flowing after the rain we will get this and next week.

Phantom falls aka Coal Canyon falls is a small hidden spot of startling beauty located on North Table Mountain in Oroville, California.
Dropping off a 135 ft cliff is a very well hidden waterfall with no trails leading to it. But if you do find it, it is an epic natural wonder.It is best to come here in the winter months, after a lot of rain. But it is also well worth coming in the spring when the wildflowers on Table Mountain are flourishing.
When you arrive at the trailhead, you will see that there is indeed no trail at all. You need to traverse cross country in a north-west direction to reach Phantom Falls. A GPS or compass is highly recommended for this hike. If you do not have one, it will be very difficult to find your way cross-country without any landmarks. Essentially, you want to follow an old fence line on the right until you reach the top of Ravine and Ravine Twin Falls, cross those creeks, around the end of another old fence, follow that fence line for awhile, until you finally cut over to the Phantom Falls viewpoint (note: I had to "cut over" or as some people would describe as "trespass" for approximately 5 minutes in order to reach Phantom falls). You won't be able to see the waterfall from a distance as there are a lot of rolling hills throughout the entire hike.
There are plenty of other waterfalls on North and South Table Mountain as well. You will pass three of them en route to Phantom Falls. All of these waterfalls on Table Mountain have very small drainage, so they will be flowing well only after quite a lot of rain. If you want to see any waterfalls during the summer months, unfortunately you may be disappointed.
Expect to see a lot of grazing cattle, they are generally safe but you'll definitely want to give the occasional bull some space.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Season: Spring, Winter
Trail Type: Out-and-Back
RT Distance: 6.5 Miles
Elevation Gain: 850 Feet

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/phantom-falls
https://www.theoutbound.com/california/hiking/hike-to-phantom-falls

Important : Each person needs to purchase and print 1-Day CDWF Lands Pass to enter North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve - $4.32
(https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Licensing/Lands-Pass)

What to bring:
- at least 2L of waters
- snacks
- good hiking shoes
- money for carpool driver ($4 for an hour, 3 hour round-trip)

Directions:
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Natomas+Marketplace,+I-80,+Sacramento,+CA/Parking+lot+for+Phantom+Falls,+2488+Cherokee+Rd,+Oroville,+CA+95965/@39.1099907,-122.0138045,9z/am=t/data=!3m1!4b1!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x809ad646431f363b:0x4dc3f947fb3ac51d!2m2!1d-121.5046082!2d38.6348547!1m5!1m1!1s0x809ccbd75c1d6cfd:0xb2c0cf0f5065f96d!2m2!1d-121.5415867!2d39.5957231

Important to know:
- Be safe and take caution. When you sign up for this meet up you are responsible for your own actions and safety on a trail.

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