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trail running
4 days ago

It’s steeper than the other peaks in Mission Regional, but with a good pace, can use it as running trail for a real good work out

one of my favorite hikes. great workout.

hiking
16 days ago

Excellent hike! Highly recommend hiking boots and gloves!

hiking
18 days ago

A lot of nice trails will return soon!

Took our kids (7 and 9) down the trail to the beach. Recommend wearing good shoes vs tennis shoes. Was a fun experience and really cool rock features.

hiking
20 days ago

Easier than expected. Definitely suggest going clockwise, because otherwise you’d deal with a hard section going up to the South Fortuna summit. This is a pretty easy and pleasant trail!

Challenging trail run but so worth the effort, BEAUTIFUL.

hiking
1 month ago

Went 2 days after heavy rain. Our first rime. Surfer recommended going barefoot, he was right.! super slippery at bottom by the rope. Took Gliderport stairs back and the ridge back to HoChi Minh. Views are amazing. I agree w moderate rating. Real fun, oh yeah, for those new to area Black’s beach is one of the best breaks in area and the North side is a swimsuit optional beach.

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

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

My first visit was in the summer, it was hot and trail was in tact - had good fun. My second time was after rains, the trail has become little more difficult than before because of the erosion. But I would say the fun element of this trail has increased because of the erosion. A shoe with good grip is a must have.

Easy trail with good scenery not far from Escondido and Rancho Bernardo. Makes for an easily accessed quick hike.

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

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)

It was a beautiful trail, and the views at the top were amazing, but we kept getting stopped and having to move aside for bikers. That was annoying after awhile. We probably won’t do this hike again, at least not with our dogs.

Good workout, decent views for so close to downtown SD. Pretty boulders and stairs to climb. VERY crowded.

hiking
2 months ago

A good workout. Very nice views.

2 months ago

Best groomed trail in SanDiego. You’ll definitely get your personal best running down the mountain. . My New favorite SD Trail. Can’t wait to extend this route to Pio Pico RV Resort and back. Perfect for an Ultra Marathon

Nice hike with some challenging sections. The six mile loop is a combination of a bunch of different paths so I recommend running this app during your hike. You can’t just zone out and walk/run the whole thing. When you come out of the parking lot, there is a cool bridge over a canyon. You turn left once across the bridge to get to The Fortuna loop. If you want to go counterclockwise, the path off to the right is roughly a hundred yards after turning left from the bridge. If you turn right from the bridge, there are some very steep repeated climbs for a warm up.

I did it counterclockwise and enjoying hustling up the long run of steps. I definitely preferred going up those versus down. It took me just over 90 minutes to complete. There are spectacular views from both peaks. I was fine starting at 8am on a weekday in mid-November with a 12-16oz bottle of water. I passed maybe five people going in my direction and about the same going the other way.

hiking
2 months ago

A nice little jaunt that earns you a great ocean view at the end! It seemed more difficult than moderate and good hiking shoes are a must.

Definitely more than a moderate. Wouldn't say it's an expert though. Went with shoes but some locals said not to use em. I'd say they would've made it harder in spots. Definitely not suitable for kids or dogs. Also be careful, there's a nude beach right down the beach from the end of the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Fantastic views. Moderately challenging depending on the level of sun and heat you're encountering. Bring more water than you need and do the hike clockwise so that the heavy incline (on the S.Fortuna side), is actually a decline.

I wouldn't reccomend the north trail for mt biking unless you like hike !bike

Good workout, lots of up and down. We went counterclockwise and hit the stairs going up. The trails are marked with changing names. Hard to get lost, but easy to make a wrong turn. Great view from both peaks.

Second time on this hike. It can be sketchy at points. Great short hike.

One of my favorite hikes in San Diego!

3 months ago

I have hiked this trail a few times. It is so close to where many of us live and very accessible.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Very pretty trail for a ride. At the top of the hill overlooking the lake, there is a fork that leads to the south Lake Trail in the left. On the right, the map says it loops back to rejoin the original trail. However, the fork isn't well marked and I couldn't find the loop-back trail on the right. I didn't want to risk it with my bike so I just ended up retracing my original route.

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