The Jacobson family left a permanent legacy to the Wenatchee community when it donated 35 acres of prime shrub-steppe habitat in the Wenatchee Foothills to the Land Trust. This gift guarantees permanent community access to enjoy the beauty of the foothills. Each spring, Jacobson becomes an outdoor classroom for Wenatchee first graders who learn about native plants, insects, and animal tracks—all minutes from their schools. This experience plants the seed of stewardship in our next generation and brings diverse groups onto the land. The Jacobson Preserve’s sustainable trails are popular for hiking and mountain biking, especially when the wildflowers are in bloom. With their gift, the Jacobsons ensured the preservation of shrub-steppe habitat for humans, plants, and animals… forever.
The Land Trust has recently added 16 acres to the Jacobson Preserve. This addition protects the northern flank of the City's Saddle Rock Natural Area and adjoins Jacobson Preserve to Saddle Rock. This purchase was made possible thanks to a generous donation by Land Trust members, James and Judy Jensen. See map here.
For a list of common plants of Jacobson Preserve, click here.
The Land Trust has partnered with IRIS's Witnessing Change program at the Jacobson Preserve.
Witnessing Change is a citizen science opportunity where individuals can help care for the land through photo monitoring. With just a digital camera and access to the internet, folks can help preserve the history of the landscape. Over time, the photos taken through this program will help guide management decisions of the property.
Length: 1.3 miles roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 440 ft
The hiking-only loop is a great short work out through amazing views and great spring wildflowers.
Length: 1 mile from trailhead to the water tower
Elevation Gain: 436 ft
This is a great route for a quick bike ride or trail run.
Length: 0.3 miles
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Tack this upper loop onto your hike for additional fun!
Jacobson-Saddle Rock Connection
Length: 0.75 miles from Jacobson property to Saddle Rock property
Elevation Gain: 580 feet
This is a great trail where you can approach Saddle Rock from the south. This trail crosses private property so please travel respectfully.