South Fortuna Mountain is a 6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near San Diego, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Get a map at the trail head. There are a lot of trails in the park and though they are marked, they can be confusing.
It was a great hike and a good workout. The trail has long stretches of ups and downs. I find it's easier to follow the trail clockwise. This way you can climb up the slopes and go down the stairs. The slopes have loose ground and would be quite slippery (and scary) to go down. One downside is that there are many intersecting trails in the area. I used the AllTrails app on my phone as a guide. It worked great! There is not much shade on the trail. I would recommend it for spring or fall. It will be a difficult hike in the summer.
#5PeakChallenge complete gorgeous! Once you get to the top you might as well check out North Fortuna as well!
Great hike! Did this on 9-5-16 as part of the five-peak challenge. Did them all in one day. 18.1 miles. 4,326 feet of elevation gain, 6 1/2 hours. Fun!
Hard to believe this is only 6 miles but it is and it's work. Typical Mission Gorge trail quality-dusty, rocky and loose without shade. Brutal on sunny hot days. Great workout
fortuna is so hard
only saw a few people. great pacing. up down up down repeat.
It is definitely a nice good hike. Take plenty of water and some type of healthy snack so your body doesn't run out of fuel!
It is a strength builder trail not for a beginner.
The views are amazing and we were intrigued with the 5 peak challenge. This is a difficult trail. Up and down all the way. We started from the west trail staging area and took the stairs up. Then loped around via the saddle trail to come back. Start early. We started around 8 am and it took us 2 1/2 hours. And we were baking in the sun the last mile. I would recommend hiking boots. Trail is rough and steep parts coming down are difficult in trail/tennis shoes. Very little shade. Bring at least 1.5 L water and use sunscreen, even early.
tough! avoid the river taking the high road to the left. it's slightly hidden but there. after the river, the first fork you encounter, go right. this will take you up the stairs. if you go left you'll e d up going down the stairs instead. bring plenty of water. fun trail, good workout.