This property is located just outside the Wenatchee City limits, in the Wenatchee Foothills. It lies just north of Saddle Rock and at the beginning of Canyon Number 2. The property’s shrub-steppe environment is of the highest quality and part of the 3% historic un-disturbed shrub-steppe left in Washington State. Jacobson Preserve has remarkable plant and bird diversity and is classified as important mule deer winter habitat. From early to mid-1900s, the area was grazed by cattle and sheep and was explored in the 1970 & 1980s for gold mining opportunities.
Explore the photos taken over time at Jacobson Preserve
to see how citizens are helping to generate scientific data.
In terms of recreation, the area has long been enjoyed by locals. In 2000, the Jacobson family left a permanent legacy to the Wenatchee community when it donated these 35 acres to the Land Trust. This gift guarantees permanent community access to enjoy the beauty of the foothills. Each spring, Jacobson Preserve 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. With their gift, the Jacobsons ensured the preservation of shrub-steppe habitat for humans, plants, and animals…forever.
In Wenatchee, follow Western Ave to its southern most extreme until it becomes Canyon Number 2 Road. Take the 1st left onto Skyline Drive. After 500 feet, the road takes a sharp left turn. Jacobson preserve sits above that curve. Parking is available to the right in the Wenatchee Racket and Athletic Club parking lot. Please park in designated spots along the fence on the north side of the parking lot or along the west side of Skyline Drive.