Explore the most popular wildlife trails in Mission Trails Regional Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

My friend Megan lost her tan and black Kate Spade wristlet with her license in it. Please call her or mail it if you find it. Great hike! Bring lots of water.

My friend Megan lost her tan and black Kate Spade wristlet with her license in it. Please call her or mail it if you find it. Great hike! Bring lots of water.

hiking
1 day ago

My friend Megan lost her tan and black Kate Spade wristlet with her license in it. Please call her or mail it if you find it. Great hike! Bring lots of water.

This trail was amazing and the view was worth the hard climb! It was the perfect weather yesterday as well!

Did this yesterday - even though it was overcast I managed to burn my face. Take plenty of water. In parts this is really testing - especially the stairs and by the time I’d finished it my legs felt like jelly

great challenge vs most trails

hiking
13 days ago

My son and I had such a blast hiking this trail! We love the Fortunas! We enjoy the incline so the stairs and saddle trail were fun for us!

You must sign book,thats what makes this hike unique .

Must do south and north together ,since there so close to each other.

North Fortuna Peak is great however nearly all of the trails are very wide and graded with the exception of the area right at the peak. The signage is poor and every little section of Trail has a different name. We got lost multiple times. You end up having to use your phone and GPS which is not my idea of a good hike.

Very nice trail. I think the nicer direction is clockwise. Overall not a lot of shade so bring plenty of water. I met less than 10 other hikers on a sunny Saturday, so it‘s not crowded at all.

These were not bad trails for locals. I drove from Riverside to experience some new hikes and didn't think it was worth the drive. The stairway to the summit was cool. If I lived in the area I'd probably hike these trails all the time, but I have my own local trails that give me the same experience without the drive.

My second time at North Fortuna. This time I signed the book

The saddle trail is super steep and slippery. Great cardio workout and a fun slip and slide on the way down!

This is a short, fun but rocky trail.... I will return after a good rain so I can see the water flowing!

hiking
1 month ago

I frequent this trail often. So much cleaner and quieter than the front side of the mountain. And TONS of parking. The trail is well maintained and marked well. A nice hike when you don't have time to go far from home. This time of year it is very green and lots of flowers in bloom. Unfortunately there was a fire there recently and we lost a big chunk of the vegetation. So please be respectful and stay out of this area while the plants are regenerating.

Wear hiking boots if you take the saddle trail. It gets slipperaaaaaaay! I like horses.

Nice damn and oh damn! My legs hurt.

Don’t overlook the easy trails if it is beautiful scenery that you seek! I got some really dope pics here. This trail was peaceful on a weekday morning and I found the solitude that I was craving.

Extremely crowded trail but I still agree that it's a nice hike. Not a good one with the dog if you have a nervous dog like mine.

Very nice, hilly hike/trail run w great views of San Diego and Miramar Airbase.

Like others have mentioned, the trails here are not marked well at all. You hike on dirt and rocks, with no signage at times to help you navigate. Luckily, the AllTrails app really helps with that. I parked at the dam, took the Oak Canyon trail, followed that to the Fortuna Saddle trail (super steep and slippery towards the top), then hiked to the South Fortuna summit, came down and climbed the North Fortuna summit. Then I climbed back down via the perimeter trail, which is brutal. Extremely steep and slippery on the way down, even with hiking shoes. I ran out of water too (I had 2L with me). 7.8 miles total!

hiking
1 month ago

Loved hiking along the water rocks. Hiked it with the kids and they loved it!

Great trail lost to see and if you like some rocky obstacles at the end this is the trail for you.

Mission Trails has so many great trails! If you want a good challenge, begin heading up South Fortuna first. There are some stairs leading to the summit that are sure to make anyone tired! If you would rather not climb the stairs, head to North Fortuna first and then continue over to South. Of course you don't have to do both Summits. If you park at the visitors center, beware that you will have to cross water at the beginning of the hike. I suggest bringing some dry socks to change into. To avoid crossing the water you can start at Old Mission Dam. This is a great trail that can easily be modified to challenge you more or less.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail that you can take to the top of Cowles - not as crowded as the main way up. Steep incline!

hiking
2 months ago

nice hike a lot to see. not mush shade. pack list should have at least 3L of water. have fun pack out what you pack in. animals welcome watch out for snakes

This trail was wonderful! May have got turned around, but the view was prettier with each turn. Bring extra water and the power lines can be used as a landmark to keep you on your path!

fun challenging trail. one of the longer funnier trails in mission trails park. bring some water and have fun the rocks at the end can be a burn.

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