There is a reason for that “Do not enter” sign that is posted on the fence. Whether it is private property, a protected natural habitat, or a hazardous location, you should always obey that sign. Even if the area you are trying to reach consistently has visitors trespassing with little to no interruption from the police, does not mean it is legal. Some places that come to mind are Sunken City in Southern California and the Stairway to Heaven in Hawaii. It is still illegal and you could be the lucky one to get into trouble.
Most trespass offenses in California are misdemeanors, where penalties are up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. A small percentage of trespass offenses can be only infractions, where the defendant only pays a fine. However, a felony trespass, aggravated trespass, is when another person is threatened and/ or injured in the process. In this case, the defendant would face at least a few years in jail.
We are no strangers to bailing people out of jail because they were arrested for trespassing. Unfortunately, it is more common than we would like. We have success in bailing people out of jail, and we will have success with you and your loved one as well.