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Jacobson Preserve

Central Washington > Wenatchee
47.4113, -120.3526 Map & Directions
Length
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
340 feet
Highest Point
1440 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy
Wenatchee visible from Jacobsen Preserve. Photo by andreao. Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Summits
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

Located just outside of the Wenatchee city limits, 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. Continue reading

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Hiking Jacobson Preserve

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.

Jacobson Preserve

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.4113, -120.3526 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

Follow Western Avenue until becomes Canyon Number 2 Road, then turn left onto Skyline Drive. After 500 feet, the road takes a sharp left; Jacobson Preserve sits above that curve. Park in the Wenatchee Racket and Athletic Club parking lot. Park in designated spots along the fence on the north side of the parking lot or along the west side of Skyline Drive.

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Central Washington > Wenatchee

Chelan-Douglas Land Trust

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Jacobson Preserve

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