Fortuna Mountain Trail is a 6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Diego, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,332 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no shade

6 days ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail and a good workout. Maps available at the trailhead. I took the route clockwise, so I hit North Fortuna first and came down South Fortuna. It was a little hard on the knees going down those steep stairs after the South Fortuna peak. Also towards the end it wasn't totally clear where I was supposed to go, lots of 4-way intersections, but I think as long as you head in the right general direction you can't get lost.

The "Getting There" is inaccurate - you shouldn't go to Equestrian Circle for this trail head. But if you click on the "Directions" it leads you in the right place. Just type in 11441 Clairemont Mesa Blvd to your GPS.

1 month ago

Hiked it this morning....would be greatly challenging for a beginner and I’d say a moderate hike for more experienced hikers. The trail gets steep (stairs) but isn’t horrible. The views can be decent on a clear day....downtown San Diego and Coronado bridge can be easily seen from the summit. All in all a good time to be had for all.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this as practice for a backpacking trip. The view was sometimes interesting but still only to an extent, considering the fact that it was surrounded by highways and buildings. Could get decently steep on occasion. Despite the lack of scenery, it was definitely a challenge with a pack on my back and was very clearly marked with no bugs to worry about. Good hike with limited options in the area.

2 months ago

fun trail run, gets pretty steep on the climb up at a couple points but will definitely go back

hiking
2 months ago

Did this hike yesterday. Great challenge. Beautiful views. Had a blast!

3 months ago

Love this trail

hiking
3 months ago

Great for a morning workout and enjoying the views.

3 months ago

we took the north trail on the way up and came down the South, highly recommend taking the South trail. Happy Trails

hiking
3 months ago

Some challenging parts!

hiking
4 months ago

More crowded than I had expected but not overcrowded. Lots of different paths to take.

hiking
4 months ago

I’ve hiked all around mission trails for years and this is hands down my favorite loop. It’s challenging but great views and a lot of fun. You are sure to be tired after this one.

trail running
4 months ago

My husband and I are from Utah, but we are living in San Diego for the summer, and we were missing out mountains and trails to run, so we went out here and it was better than we thought! We did a trail run 6 mile loop with about 1,300 ft elevation. It's not quite Utah Mountains, but it was really fun, and we will be back. The trails are marked very well, and you can pick what you want to do since they are all intertwined. We summited the south fortuna peak, and took it to the fortuna saddle, and then did a couple other loops. Super fun!

hiking
4 months ago

Great challenging hike with gorgeous views. Bring lots of water.

hiking
5 months 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.

5 months ago

great challenge vs most trails

hiking
5 months 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!

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

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.

hiking
5 months ago

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.

hiking
6 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

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
7 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

7 months ago

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!

trail running
7 months ago

This was awesome! Well marked and stunning views. I felt very safe.

trail running
7 months ago

I haven’t actually done this trail yet, but I want to bad! I’m fairly new to the area and a little worried about venturing in the “back woods” by myself. The only daylight time I really am available right now are Wednesday and Thursdays. If anyone (or many) are interested in teaming up to run Mission Trails or any other in San Diego area shoot me an email: warfitnessgrp@gmail.com. Hopefully there’s others that have a open schedule on Wednesday and Thursday’s!

8 months ago

we completed this trail in 2017. highly recommend long pants abd hiking poles. lots of rattlesnakes.

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