Trabuco Canyon, California

Ascent to Yaeger Mesa

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Challenge yourself on a steep ascent to the remote paradise known as Yaeger Mesa, named for Jacob Yaeger (1861-1928) who mined quartz in the area. Encounter a meadow filled entirely with bracken fern, reminiscent of the fern meadows in the San Jacinto Mountains. Find another meadow filled with native bunchgrasses. Relax in a grove of big cone Douglas-fir trees. Experience the same awe-inspiring wilderness that the Portola Expedition discovered in the late 1700s. Identify wildlife and plants along the way. Marvel at oak trees that existed when Grizzly Bears still wandered the canyons. See why the Santa Ana Mountain range is considered one of the most wild and scenic ranges in Southern California.

Difficulty: Strenuous. Roughly 5-6 miles roundtrip. Steep, narrow, unstable single-track trail. Mix of sun and shade. Significant elevation gain (1000 feet) over short distance. Rugged terrain with poison oak.

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Naturalist For You (NFY) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, public benefit corporation. All donations are tax-deductible. Mission: Connecting everyone to their local wilderness! Joel Robinson is the founder, executive director, and head naturalist for Naturalist For You. He has guided thousands of curious individuals on professional wilderness tours since 2001. Many organizations and agencies have utilized his talents, including the US Forest Service, Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, The Wildlands Conservancy, the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, Los Padres Forest Association, Silverado Modjeska Park & Recreation District, Santa Ana Mountains Wild Heritage Project, City of Santa Ana, City of Lake Forest, and Orange County Department of Education. He is a Certified Interpretive Guide with the National Association for Interpretation. He writes an environmental blog for OC Weekly. He has been seen on Public Television, Nat Geo Wild, and Syfy Network. Full profile Leave a Review

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