The association with the quarry is the reason for the path’s name. Forest Brown was the last operator of the old Hutchinson quarry, and donated much of the land that became the Hillside
Nature Natural Area. A chain-link fence separates the trail from the quarry, which now houses the El Cerrito Recycling Center.
As you would expect, the Forest Brown Trail leads to all three of the major north-south trails in the Hillside
Preservation Natural Area. Right at the first turn, the Lower Trail (#33) heads off along the base of the hills. Unfortunately, some of this trail, which has been in use for decades, is actually on private land, and the current owner has posted the last segment. Farther up the hill the Live Oak Trail (#31) starts. This intersection is immortalized in our banner at the top of each page on ectrailtrekkers.org. Alas, neither the identity of the photographer, nor the dog, is known. And finally, the trail ends at the intersection with the Ridge Trail (#30) which in one direction runs along the top of the quarry and in the other heads north towards the Madera Open Space.
In what we must assume is a complete coincidence, the start of the Forest Brown Trail is the main entrance site for next week’s first annual Hillside Festival, a celebration of the Hillside
Naturist Natural Area. There will be many hikes, talks and other activities. More information can be found on this very website, or you can download a brochure and map. We really hope that many of you can come, and maybe spread the word to your neighbors. It runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this coming Saturday, May 17. Events will occur all over the park, but an information table will be at the Schmidt entrance, near the Memorial Grove / Hillside Nature Area sign just east of the intersection of Schmidt and either Navallier or Navellier.