Fortuna Peak - WWII B-17 Crash Site

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Wellton, Arizona

Fortuna Peak - WWII B-17 Crash Site is a 6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Wellton, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from September until April.

Distance: 6.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,633 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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The crash site can be found around 1600 feet. There is a lot of wildlife on this hike including lizards, snakes, crows and hawks. Bring plenty of water during the summer months.

hiking
no shade
rocky
26 days ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great family hike- flat at first then steep as you get closer to the crash site. Our 2 year old loved the geocaching. Great views and rewarding climb. Verily lightly Trafficked which is exactly what we’re looking for during these “social distancing” times

rocky
2 months ago

Completed hike to wreck today. Last mile was a carb burner for sure, steep and rocky. Started hike from dirt road starting at 15E and 41. Drove in 3/10 of mile to water puddle. Didn't have 4wd or would have gone farther. Nobody else on trail. No wildlife except lizards, flowers starting to bloom, bees everywhere. A very enjoyable day.

hiking
3 months ago

Don’t follow the trail off the map listed here. You’ll end up behind the border security building and you’re gonna get some weird looks from them. Head down 15E and pull off into the first left hand turn. Yes it says private property. Ignore it. You’re fine. Go down as far as your car will take you. If you have a Jeep, you can go all the way to the base of the mountain. Our Chevy Malibu took us 0.5mi away from it, not a big deal at all. First part is tough. Steep as heck. Then you’ll hit some rock scrambling. The cairns will guide you. You can make it, have a sense of adventure as they say. Eventually you will see the first white cross painted on a rock. There’s wreckage there, and a geocache (nice touch). Keep on going and you’ll continue to see more parts and pieces. Very cool. If you make it far enough you’ll see more painted crosses. The American flag is the top, if you can get up there. Just watch your footing and you’ll be fine. Go up through the gully the whole way. Very cool piece of history for us Canadians to see.

backpacking
fee
4 months ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
washed out
5 months ago

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off trail
rocky
7 months ago

Tres belle randonnée très rocheuse et abrupte, mais sans signalisation. A déconseiller aux non-initiés, enfants et chiens.

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

love it and hate it

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off trail
rocky
7 months ago

Great vistas, but rocky and not runnable.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
9 months ago

I took the southern arm of the loop to see if there was even a trail there (there wasn’t). Fairly sketchy toward the end, as you have to climb over some obstacles to the right draw to get to your destination. The trail back (northern arm) was well marked. Every review that talks about the no trespassing signs is correct. They’re everywhere. I stopped in at the golf course to ask about a permit, but they were clueless. So just drive out. Take the road across from 41st street for sure, there are some hill on the four wheel drive roads you won’t make in a car. The wreckage site is very cool to see, the rock slides through the years have brought a lot of the debris down the wash. Sacred ground for sure, though. The summit is particularly awesome, as the American flag is the motivation to get there. There’s an ammo can for a geocache, I appreciated the Jack Daniels. I left a Clif Bar. Great views all around and peaceful. Nobody there today, as it was 105 degrees when I reached the summit. So.....avoid the so called trail on the app that is the southern arm. No trail. But it’s a great hike with some scrambling.

hiking
Wed May 22 2019

I have completed this hike many times and it's one of the most popular ones that I get asked about all the time. Unfortunately people underestimate the steepness and the ruggedness of the terrain. It includes some bouldering, lots of scree and ducking under bushes. Elevation gain is about 1000 feet for one mile. That said, even people in not so great shape can make it, but then I would recommend hiking poles, especially for the way back down. To make the hike easier, park right before the two arms of the loop divide or, if you dare driving through the deep wash, you can go about 300 yards further to park at the bottom of the steep hill. To reach that area, take the dirt road on the east side of 15E straight across from 41st Lane. For the hike, do NOT do the loop, but only follow the northern part of this route and then go back down the same way. The southern part of the loop is completely off trail, bouldering over knife-edge ridges and loose mountainsides and not recommended. The memorial site is about 2/3 up the mountain. The rest of the way up is usually unmarked, slippery scree until right under the summit, from where it is an easy scramble up. Beware bighorn rams, I have several friends who had encounters with them in that area, thankfully one party always retreated.

Sketchy, take a friend and plenty of supplies.

hiking
Fri Apr 12 2019

great hike, great view. If you don't have a sense of adventure then go do telegraph pass. You do have to earn the climb to the top. Go figure. If you want a paved walk up a hill the go do telegraph pass.

hiking
Thu Mar 21 2019

Great hike with a cool history lesson

I don’t recommend hiking this from the west side… We hiked it from the Jesters peak trail head heading east in attempt to intercept what we thought was a loop trail. We did our best and followed the wash up the red line shown in the app and it was extremely steep and loose and scary. Got to within a 100 yds of the flag from south side but found no safe way to get there from the ridge to the south and turned back. Not for the faint of heart or the tender of foot. The views were beautiful but I do not recommend hiking from this way… Perhaps from the other side has an actual trail? Have never been so excited to see our vehicle at the end of a hike. Very exciting for sure but don’t wish to repeat

hiking
Sun Feb 17 2019

This was a fun hike, really nice views. It took us 1hr 45 minutes to the top. We were the only ones there. Do not start at the border patrol station. Go down the main road to the next dirt road and you can drive to the base of the mountain. I will go again soon!

Tue Dec 25 2018

Tough hike and trail difficult to follow at times. Great views and a good workout.

hiking
Wed Dec 05 2018

I love this trail! It’s truly a challenge that rewards the hiker. The Crash Site is awe inspiring with parts of the B-17 bomber scattered across about 100 meters of almost vertical boulders and a memorial to the crew at the uppermost part of the debris. The Peak has one of the best views in Yuma; you can see all of the city of Yuma, Dome Valley, Castle Dome and Kofas, Jesters trail and Telegraph trail. Stay safe! Know your limits! Bring a solid pair of shoes, snacks, and plenty of water.

Sat Sep 22 2018

INTENSE!! Very challenging and a MUST using All Trails to follow hike route. It took me 5 hours to complete.

So hard to navigate. Easy to get lost. Once you chose a path you’re forced to take it and hope it leads you to the ridge you are aiming for. Steep inclines and just as steep declines with very loose pathways.

hiking
Thu Mar 22 2018

Difficult with lots of boulders and loose rock, but well worth the climb. There's not much wreckage left after all these years, but there is an obvious debris field marked by a small flag. Landing gear, sheet metal, engine parts and misc pieces can be seen. There's a ammo box with a picture of the crew at the highest painted cross. After that it's about 200 feet to the summit. I entered off 15E and followed the orange ribbons marking the path to the base of the mountain.

hiking
Fri Mar 02 2018

Wow!! Great hike I’m glade I did it but it was hard at the top! We went all the way to the flag!!!

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