Oak Glen Preserve
The Wildlands Conservancy’s administrative headquarters is at the Oak Glen Preserve. Situated at 5,024 feet, the preserve is adjacent to the steep escarpments of Yucaipa Ridge in the San Bernardino National Forest. The 2,189-acre preserve includes prominent peaks purchased by the Conservancy to prevent exploitation of private lands within the National Forest, and to promote the expansion of the San Gorgonio Wilderness. These peaks include Wilshire Peak (8,707 feet) and Galena Peak (9,324 feet), an important lambing ground for bighorn sheep. Habitats encountered on the main trail include ponds, streams, wetlands, oak and pine forests, chaparral and willow woodland.
The preserve headquarters is at 106-year-old Los Rios Rancho, Southern California’s largest historic apple ranch. Each year, more than 300,000 visitors make the scenic drive to Los Rios to pick apples, picnic, hike, participate in environmental programs, and enjoy homemade apple pie. The Conservancy has entered a long-term lease with third and fourth generation Oak Glen Apple growers to operate the orchards, packing shed and bakery. The lessee, Riley’s Frontier Events, celebrates working the land and log cabin living, and hosts a country music venue.
In 2012, TWC celebrated Los Rios Rancho's 5,000,000th visitor since it rescued the historic property from residential subdivision.
In referring to the largest apple ranch in Oak Glen, the Apple Growers Association has a saying: "So goes Los Rios, so goes Oak Glen!" The Wildlands Conservancy rescued Los Rios Rancho when it was surrendered to a banker who marketed the ranch for residential subdivision. TWC rescued Oak Glen a second time when the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power planned to condemn and shave off scenic peaks for 200-foot-tall, 500kv transmission towers. LADWP abandoned the project after TWC organized Oak Glen visitors to send over 50,000 postcards, letters and emails in protest.
Visitor opportunities include two public picnic areas and hiking trails that are open from 8 am to 4:30 pm (preserve gates close at 5 pm).
For apple-related activities, visit the Riley's at Los Rios website: losriosrancho.com.
Oak Glen Preserve 2015 Activity Calendar
Group projects to contribute to the development and maintenance of the Preserve trail system. These projects vary monthly and are suitable for individuals, families, and established groups.
Volunteer days are held the second weekend of the month. Down the Activity Calendar for dates and times or contact Tory Elmore at email@example.com. Ages 12 and up unless otherwise noted.
Behold the Beauty - Art In Nature
Using the beauty of nature to inspire the artist in everyone. Observation hike followed by instructions on creating a work of art. Different mediums and techniques used each month. Instruction is tailored to the ability and experience of participants. Behold the Beauty is offered the third Saturday from March through November at 1:30 pm. All ages. Download the flyer here.
Explore Nature at Night! Join a TWC naturalist on a themed walk and talk on the Preserve trails. A different theme is presented monthly. Night Walks are held the third Saturday of the month April through October from 7 to 9 pm, and from 5 to 7 pm in November and December (No night walks January, February or March). Ages 10 and up. Download the Night Walk flyer here.
Fun Unplugged held every Wednesdaay from June 17 through August 19 at 6 pm. Great for all ages.
S.O.A.R. Step Outside and Read held every Thursday from June 18 through August 6 at 3:30 pm. Great for all ages. Download the flyer here.
All Volunteer Opportunities
Tory Elmore, Volunteer Coordinator
The preserve is located at the top of Oak Glen Road which has an off-ramp on Interstate 10 in Yucaipa. Open daily from 8 am to 5 pm. For information, call 909.790.3698.
39611 Oak Glen Road
Oak Glen, CA 92399