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walking
13 hours ago

Gorgeous at sunset! Lots of birds, rabbits etc (bugs too). Great place for a run or walk (or bike ride).

Fun and short hike up a steep hill that ends in a beautiful view of downtown!

This trail really kicked my butt but it was a great hike. I recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a real work out that includes incline but doesn’t want to be out on the trail for five hours. The view from the top is nice, and there are a lot of boulders you can sit on. It would be nice to go back and do a little picnic up there at the top. The best part about this trail is there are so many others right next to it so I did two others and overall had a great day. My advice would be to wear shoes with good soles as there is a lot of loose sand and pebbles.

Heavily trafficked and not too challenging. A ton of switchbacks make it easier to ascend but also make it repetitive. Great view at the top.

great trail. good elevatipn. great views. cant get lost either.

a lot of people, met a barefoot hiker who is cool. not too many people would stop and talk though.

mountain biking
6 days ago

Easy Trail with a nice stream nearby to cool down with (after it rained)

Nice scenery and great place to walk. Easy enough that my 3 year old nephew was able to complete the back and forth. Lots of cool bird watching opportunities. Definitely a place I will return to.

So 1st part of this trail is just a steep but short hiking trail. The rest of it is for climbers only. While the visitors center heavily discourages bouldering and blazing your own trail, many have done it *cough cough for thrills, and at the top theres a cool circle of rocks that people have put together. You could get to the nearest peak from there, but again it requires trail blazing so be careful (snakes) and mindful (there are unofficial trails, but minimize your foot imprint and dont trample, also dont smoke ANYTHING) *not that I have smoked in mission trails, just seen it and it makes me shudder thinking of one cigarette butt or flying pipe ember can just set a whole place ablaze, so just dont!!!

Several things I love.
1) Typically not crowded
2) Many paths to each peak which offer their own delights
3) tons of thriving vegetation and wildlife
4) Some paths can be a bit of a challenge and leg burner
5) Some pretty cool hangout spots along the way that are peaceful and secluded

Downer: at times south fortuna is crowded at stairs, luckily several paths and theres north fortuna, significantly less crowded.

I once hiked down North Fortuna after dark without a headlamp, by myself, with several paths intersecting. DONT DO THAT scary as heck.

oh, leave a gift of poetry at North Fortuna too

great for learners, or getting back into shape, or just getting better. great view of San Diego, beautiful sunsets. Easily accessible. pleanty of parking, and places the eat nearby. Downfall is it's often crowded, people think theres maintaneance to pick up their already bagged dog poo and bust leave it on the trail (stupid!) theres zero shade (sucks in the summer), and natural vegetation suffers from frequent human activity (comparing to the rest of mission trails, even during the dry season theres still some green, but hardly on Cowels) a pro to that, is less wildlife (snakes in particular)

Good workout! My steepest trail yet in SD. Hiked up with my dog for the sunset and ran (mostly) down.

12 days ago

I did this hike several times and enjoyed it very much. Assess from all four different directions.

walking
13 days ago

Lake Murray is a great trail / walk for getting outdoors and enjoying some great scenery. You can make your walk as long or as short as you would like and as long as there is not a major event going on there is a TON of parking.

Typically you find people ridding bikes, roller blades, scooters, walking, running, even canoeing in the lake. Also you will find that a lot of people bring their dogs.

Overall this is a great place for a walk! Make sure to pay attention to the park hours, otherwise you care might get locked in for the night.

Nice hike up with combo of mild-moderate inclines, flat areas to recover, and rewarding views at the top. It didn’t feel crowded with people/dogs to the point that it slowed me down. I didn’t bring my dog because of some stories I heard about overheating, wildlife issues, and fights with other dogs. I guess I could see a fight occur where the trail is tighter in spots (same way up/down) and dogs would come in contact with each other. That said, all dogs were well behaved when I was there and the trail was impeccably clean.

The feeling when you reach the peak after climbing the stairs is pretty great

An awesome trail for running, and working on steep inclines!

one of the first hikes I've done best hike I've done. easier and easier as I go. running down is always the best. had 1 time where I saw a baby rattlesnake but other than that it was good lots of foot traffic but amazing hike.

at his south trail killed me going up the stairs!!!! someone said to me the stairway to heaven, it was to hell. I was dying my dog made it! he loved it!

Awesome workout. Great view. I recommend ample water, a snack for the top and a lite packable wind jacket for nov/dec/jan/ feb - stairs were awesome, but trail is best on a weekday morning ( less people)

19 days ago

Easy to follow, fire/utility road is main trail. Some good elevation swings make it challenging!

Great hike got lost twice trying to find stairway to heaven.Don’t expect directions to it just follow directions to south Fortuna you will see the Stairs in the distance

20 days ago

Super easy, short trail, which was great for my young kids, who are new to hiking.

hiking
20 days ago

Short but sweet! This is a fun trail that’s pretty technical. We went at 8:00am on Friday and only saw a few other hikers on the trail and a few rock climbers at the crest doing their thing. The trail is quite narrow though so if it was crowded I don’t think I would have enjoyed it much.

Great view at peak for watching SAN DIEGO’s downtown sunset .

hiking
20 days ago

I know I'm biased but this is one of my favorites! Yes it can get busy but nothing like Torrey Pines. The views up top are gorgeous and every time Ive been there everyone is considerate and friendly. Ive been at 6am as well as 10pm. Previous reviewers mention being courteous with head/flash lights because some of us do much better with night hikes in the moon light.

Definitely take water. If you go during sunmy hours there is no shade throughout the hike so plan accordingly (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc). I am definitely a "slow but steady" hiker and it takes me about 1 hr to the top and about 40 mins down.

Great training hike for other, more rigorous hikes. The trail gives you a great aerobic workout in a relatively short span. It can easily be combined with other trails such as North and South Fortuna. When combined with several other Mission Trails Regional Park trails or when doing the Five Peak Challenge, I begin with this one because it is steep in spots and can wear you down fast. If you haven't hiked this trail in the last five years, much maintenance has been done that has improved the overall quality of the trail.

Cool walk, perfect for kids, dogs, and chatting.

Short and sweet hike to the top. I have done this 3 or 4 times from either trailhead. Can be slippery after a recent rain because the trail can get steep in some spots near the top. Fun to do at night!

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