Fortuna Mountain Trail

HARD 616 reviews

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
1332 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no shade

Beginners and newcomers should start out at Equestrian Circle. Equestrian Cir Santee, CA 92071 is the address you want to use if you are using Google Maps.

hiking
3 days ago

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

14 days ago

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

18 days ago

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

22 days ago

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

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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

1 month 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
1 month ago

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

trail running
1 month 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!

2 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

Great when there has been enough rain to keep the creek flowing and grasses are green. Ok when it’s dry.

3 months ago

Nice trip

3 months ago

Best part of this hike is going up the stairway to heaven and north fortuna. The rest is just getting back.

hiking
3 months ago

Some steep inclines, careful coming on the way back with the slippery gravel. Don't forget to sign the book, the box is located to the North Fortuna sign at the peak!

5 months ago

excellent steepness

trail running
5 months ago

Deffinatly a good workout with plenty of space, trails are a bit confusing but there are plenty of signs. Please if you see or hear a rattlesnake don’t stop to look for it, just slowly move on. Don’t worry, there’s a good enough amount of hikers that they keep them off the trail!

hiking
6 months ago

"features a waterfall" is disingenuous for most of the year, but it is still a long and secluded great hike. Deer present at times, which is nice too.

hiking
7 months ago

7 months ago

Bring lots of WATER you will get lost my app alltrails I did something and ended almost done with hike and got lost for about 4 miles I pick up a map on the trail and save my a..... great work out

7 months ago

Very nice ass kicker workout

8 months ago

A fun hike, just prepare to get lost. I ended up taking a wrong turn and adding several kilometres to my route but overall it's worth it.

8 months ago

Lost my sunglasses on the trail Sunday, august 6 before 9 a.m. Black Tiffany Prescription sunglasses if anyone found them.

8 months ago

This hike is ok. It's still feels pretty urban, but it's close to my work, so it will do the trick in a pinch. The terrain gives you a good workout. Not much shade, Simmons the heat on hot days and being plenty of water.

8 months ago

Great trail. Several other trails crisscross this one so you have to be watchful of the trail signs. I started and ended at Clairemont Mesa and did both peaks to complete my #5peakchallenge. I clocked in just shy of 7 miles.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice trail. Bring a lot of water if you do during the day (especially in summer). I drank 3 liters over 2hrs (temps were 80+). A hat is a good idea, too, as there is very little shade.

Also, there are summit logs! Bring a new notebook to donate if able. I'll definitely be bringing one my next go 'round.

8 months ago

欄

hiking
9 months ago

This trail took me almost 2 hours and 45 minutes. Great views and minimal traffic! I did see a few rattle snakes, a road runner and some lizards. One of the snakes was in its hole so watch out they can be hard to see.

hiking
9 months ago

My favorite hike in San Diego. I used to live nearby and hiked it twice weekly, it took me roughly 3 hours, and longer if in the middle of the day in summer. I've spotted large rattlesnakes, roadrunners, horned toads, Jeruselum Cricket, tarantulas and owls on this trail...much better workout and less packed than Coweles..often hiked during a weekday, seeing minimal people. =)

hiking
9 months ago

I did this hike yesterday. I strongly suggest that you bring a lot of water. It's really hot out there! I've done this hike before but never in the summer. The heat makes this relatively moderate hike into a very hard slog.

10 months ago

This trail is not what I expected. It is a great challenge.

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