Arboretum Trail

Saddleback College Arboretum Trail

Trail Route

The Saddleback Arboretum Trail will promote a pedestrian-oriented academic environment, balancing the car-centric campus by enhancing outdoor circulation and socialization of the Saddleback Community. This is a map of the suggested area.

Native and water-wise landscaping will provide a naturally shaded environment to reduce our carbon footprint and heat-island effect, reducing campus energy costs, and be an example of a sustainable college campus, while creating jobs and internships for Saddleback students and graduates. You can be part of this project by making a donation.

WALKING & BIKING TRAIL: With parallel paths for cyclists, runners, walkers, prams, skateboards, tricycles. Each path will be 6 Ft. wide. 

Native shade trees and water-wise landscapes: Click here for information about the suggested plants to be used: California Native Shade Trees, Xeric And Water-Wise Landscape Plantings2-arboretum_trail_final.jpg

Open Trail



  • Accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists will reduce automobile traffic & create a pedestrian –oriented academic environment
  • Create a Student-centric learning environment, with outdoor classrooms for faculty and student enrichment
  • New focus on healthy outdoor circulation and socialization area for students faculty and staff, an Opportunity for easy, free fitness on campus!


  • Reduce urban 'heat island' effect: create shaded trails, reducing microclimate temperatures during summer, stabilize temperatures in winter, yielding electricity savings.
    • One study estimates that the heat island effect is responsible for 5–10% of peak electricity demand for cooling buildings in cities.
    • Shaded surfaces may be 20–45°f (11–25°c) cooler than the peak temperatures of unshaded materials.
    • Trees and vegetation lower surface and air temperatures and can help reduce peak summer temperatures by 2–9°f (1–5°c).
    • Trees and vegetation are most useful as a mitigation strategy when planted in strategic locations around buildings or to shade pavement in parking lots and on streets.
    • Source: epa website
  • Offset carbon footprint and more
    • Reduce energy use
    • Improve air quality and lower greenhouse gas emissions
    • Enhance storm water management and water quality
    • Reduce pavement maintenance - tree shade can slow deterioration of street pavement, decreasing the amount of maintenance needed.
    • Improve quality of life
    • Source: epa website
  • Trees clean the air: increased oxygen from native and low-water-use plants and trees
    • Trees absorb co2 during their growth process
  • Re-create Saddleback to balance the car-centric campus with academic pedestrian environment
  • To serve the community and provide an example of a sustainable college campus

View the most recent plans here