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North, South Fortuna and Kwaay Paay Peak is a 10.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Santee, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 10.4 mi Elevation gain 2,755 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Running Views Wildlife No shade
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This loop will take you to three of the Mission Trail peaks: North Fortuna Peak, South Fortuna Peak, and Kwaay Paay Peak. The majority of this trail offers minimal shade, and has both steep inclines and steep downhill slopes. Hiking poles might be useful for the steep down hill slopes, especially if taking the trail in the opposite direction as shown. Bathrooms are located near where Oak Park Trail meets the Father Junipero Trail (paved street).

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Lori Summers
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HikingGreat!

Challenging hike- both up and down. Really rewarding and highly recommend. Like everyone has shared- bring plenty of water and follow the APP because trail markers are terrible.

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Kain Crawford
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Hiking

Good hike gets real hot early so bring lots of water

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Michael Cho
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Hiking

Difficult, but pretty damn awesome. I’d recommend bringing plenty of water and have some good hiking shoes on. Watch out for rattlesnakes.

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Vernon Gerzen
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HikingNo shade
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Holly Arnold
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Hiking

Trail markings are hard to read. Declines are very steep. Wear good shoes and bring lots of water

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Katie Jayne
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HikingBugsNo shadeRocky
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Jessie Meredith
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HikingNo shadeOver grownRockyWashed out
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Korey Kryder
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Hiking

Fantastic Trail and Route. Very busy near the start finish and at some of the peaks on weekends, but still enjoyable. VERY rocky and steep in certain points, but still runnable.

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Zack Lawson
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(Sir) Brown Cow
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky

Definitely a challenging hike. Suggest having at least 3-4 litters of water, a really good pair of hiking shoes(don’t do this route in normal/running shoes, you’ll regret it severely), and trekking poles, if you like using them. Wouldn’t hurt to have/use some body glide as well, regardless of what fitness level you’re in, it helps. Pros: Beautiful sights the entire way, and was able to get some gorgeous pictures. Not too heavily trafficked(that is until you’re done with South Fortuna and going through Oak Canyon to get to Kwaay Paay). Difficulty is a cross between moderate/hard. Tons of parking, which is always a nice thing. Cons: A large portion of the trail is loose sand, loose rocks/rocky, and so forth. Saw quite a few people slip and bust their ass/knees, some which happened on flat. Be prepared for this and mud. You’ll notice that there are easier paths to both North and South Fortuna, which can be frustrating(but you didn’t choose this route for it to be easy, right?). My biggest problem was when I dropped back into Oak Canyon, to get to Kwaay Paay. Overly crowded, people stopped in the middle of the trail for no reason, or to take selfies, groups of people completely blocking the trail, instead of staggering out. No they aren’t going to realize that you’re already 7-8 miles deep on the hardest route this trail/area has to offer, nor will they care, so be mentally prepared for that. The ending of Kwaay Paay was much of the same thing, but still not nearly as bad as oak canyon. Overall: If you’re looking for a difficult challenge, with beautiful views and scenery, this is the one to do. Just make sure you have plenty of water(it was only 70F out and I went through 4 litters), and that you’re well prepared for it.

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Enrique Esquivel
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HikingMuddy

I’m sorry about missing part of the trail recording, first time AllTrails does this glitch on me; it start happening at Saddle between North and South summits. Other than that it was a good hike, weather can’t be better.

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Jcpm11 Perez
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HikingNo shade

Started from Santee entrance and went they grasslands to Fortuna saddle. Went up North and back down to South Fortuna thru backside. Made it down to visitors center loop and walked back thru Junipero Serra road to santee entrance again. 10.5 miles 1450 elevation climb

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Sidro Ponix
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Hiking

Great trail with some really cool scenery, the fortuna saddle road going up to the saddle from oak canyon is pretty brutal at some points, start the south side of north from the saddle for a real leg burner, south fortuna is cake, great windown hike. Great way to get in uphill shape! Saw like zero people

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Jason Grooms
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Excellent trail with beautiful views and challenging incline. Short but intense, you get incredible views of the park and surrounding area. Be sure to bring lots of water if you’re hiking it in the summer or fall (at least 1 L per hour) and stay hydrated. The heat and sun will get you fast. Also, wear hiking boots with good grip. There are lots of area with steep incline and decomposed rock and sand which make for lots of bruised legs and tailbones.

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Steven Steen
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Hiking

Fun trail that my wife and I used to train for an upcoming backpacking trip. My fitbit clocked it in at 12.05 miles. I consider this a moderate difficulty loop and that was with a 30lb pack.

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Jackie Caballero
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Hiking

Súper challenging.!!! Great workout

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Deewie Lhene Peñaflor
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HikingRocky

It was beautiful — flowers bloomed.

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Karen Thompson
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Did this hike with two friends I don’t really like that much. Started at about 8am with low testosterone and mild depression. The hike starts slow but don’t worry there is elevation afoot. I wore brand new boots to punish myself extra. Closer to noon it was about 80 degrees, I recommend 3 liters of water. There is a water fountain near the final peak trailhead the Hawaiianish named one Kwalliwannadienow. Do this hike if you enjoy skin cancer and hurt feelings. I feel like if you’re gonna do this one you might as well do all 5 peaks and get an Uber back to your car, you’ll get way more likes from THOTS on IG.

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Jason Grooms
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Hiking

Nice little hike and far less crowded than Cowles.

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Amelia Grubbs
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Hiking

So hard and amazing. Saw a rattle snake

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Donny Soito
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HikingRocky

Nice Sunday afternoon hike. Straight uphill from the start so great cardio! We headed up about 1:45 and the crowds weren't bad at all. Recommended, but make sure you have good footwear.

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Don Mullenix
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Hiking

Muddy but good workout

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