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Unlike personal property, typically real estate cannot be abandoned since it is owned by and through written title. Before you can avoid a trespass charge or theft type charge, you would first have to either gain the permission of the titled owner or obtain ownership of the property yourself outside of what is stated on the title. This is done by meeting the CA requirements of adverse possession.
In California, adverse possession requires five years of continued use which is "open and notorious" and "adverse" to the owner's interest. Your maintenance and upkeep of the property is required for the five years of use and the property taxes must be paid for by you.
While real property does not include standing timber, growing crops, or grass, since these are located on the land which you do not own you could face a theft or trespass charge if you do not have the owner's permission.