Jacobson Preserve is part of The Foothills, and area of shrub-steppe located just outside of the Wenatchee city limits, and managed by the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust. Trails in The Foothills north of 5th Street are closed from December 1 - April 1, while trails south of 5th Street are open year round.
Jacobson Preserve is part of the just 3 percent of historic, undisturbed shrub-steppe in Washington. Here you'll find rabbitbrush, Sagebrush, Arrowhead balsamroot and antelope bitterbrush, all main sources of food for muledeer. The area is so important, in fact, that it has been established as important habitat for the deer, and there are three monitoring points in the preserve to observe the shrub steppe as it is being reclaimed to native habitat.
The trails were well-maintained and popular with locals as an after-work location thanks to the views of the Wenatchee valley from the summit.
The area is a gift from the Jacobson family of Wenatchee, who donated 35 acres to the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, the owners of Jacobson Preserve. First-graders from the Wenatchee school system visit in spring to learn about the native flora and fauna.
The trails here are moderate and meandering, a delightful short walk or all-day adventure, depending on how long you'd like to visit. It is accessible year round.