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it's a leisure walk. very pleasant.

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

this is a nice Easy hike. 6.6 miles no big hills. only down fall is you can see houses and the road is only about 100 yards from eagle rock...

Definitely a good hike that wears you out on the way up....as long as you hike the side starting at the lake. Will definitely hike again soon.

6 days ago

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

Went early Thanksgiving AM this year. It was drizzling and foggy so there were few others on the trail. It was getting crowded on my way back, with big groups coming through. I recommend doing this early. I’ll go back when there’s better visibility

monster workout. great views. facilities at the bottom. The description and all trails is incorrect it is closer to 8 Miles not 6.9

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

Excellent moderate hike! Mix of forest setting and open space. Trail well maintained, marked, easy to navigate. Eagle Rock was awesome! Great run back to start off trailhead.

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)

Went in late November, lots of pretty leaves and cool trees

hiking
13 days ago

Easy to moderate 10 mile hike that is an easy drive from Vista. You need a map or GPS as some routes aren't marked well. Saw a few bikes at the beginning, but few people after that. Overall a good day.

Excellent workout, we did the shorter trail; it was hard but definitely worth it!
Highly recommended.
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Good workout, decent views for so close to downtown SD. Pretty boulders and stairs to climb. VERY crowded.

hiking
17 days ago

I did this almost a year ago, actually. It’s like 80 flights of stairs to the top and has an amazing view.

Good workout!!!

Diverse scenery. The eagle rock does not disappoint.

Great trail. Walked with my 10 years old daughter and her friend. Good walk out.

hiking
19 days ago

Love this trail. Short and easy to moderate. Pretty scenery, clean, well marked and great views at the top. Only downfall is there are a lot of people there.

Beautiful trail. Hidden gem for sure. Except we met some people on the way back with dogs off leash and they were slaughtering a rattlesnake just because the lady said “she was afraid it was gonna bite her!!” Respect native species and step away. Don’t kill the snakes that are needed for the ecosystem to maintain itself. AND LEASH YOUR DOG!

Good Long trail steady climb. And obviously the awesome photo opp at the end

Great trail! Pretty scenery and views with a gradual uphill.

hiking
22 days ago

A good workout. Very nice views.

Good hike that can choose a varying distances.

Went on a super windy day and it proved to be a little too much at the very top and super hazy (due to the fires up north) can’t wait to go back on a clear day. Even with a kid on my back I would say this is moderate if you are in decent shape.

Rocky hills L

22 days ago

I had a blast with this hike outstanding view at top of mountain .... bring plenty of water take your time lots to see.

Love everything about this hike.

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