South Fortuna Mountain

MODERATE 400 reviews

South Fortuna Mountain is a 6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near San Diego, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips 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
1348 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Get a map at the trail head. There are a lot of trails in the park and though they are marked, they can be confusing.

hiking
4 days ago

This whole area has a lot of hiking options, obscure back trails, and spots to post up. it was really nice to see the large amount of flowing water.

4 days ago

loved the stairway to haven

hiking
4 days ago

Nice view

5 days ago

gotta love the steps near the end! great workout and great view.

5 days ago

good hike

17 days ago

Loved the different terrains. Beautiful view!

hiking
25 days ago

Nicely taken care of. Lots of trails off the main ones that allow for creative hiking. Nice area and will definitely come back.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Follow the Fortuna Trail and you won't get lost. You initially start on the San Diego River Crossing Trail. Completed it in 2hrs with a decent pace as I stopped to enjoy the scenery.

Nice

This is a great hike with two pretty steep climbs and a number of other trail options if you want to make it longer or shorter. Outreach was just about 1.5 hours in a loop.

2 months ago

Great hike

2 months ago

Scenic and challenging!

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

@getnaturehigh completed this today. in 3:30 hours with the north mountain. loved it. every trail is marked.

hiking
3 months ago

Great views from the south mountain, if you can make it to the north mountain I recommend it as the views are better. The trail is not defined very well with markers so be sure to have your app open or your map. Bring plenty of water and some snacks. If you hike clockwise, you will come down the infamous steps on south mountain. Hike counter clockwise and you will get to attempt the stairs, which is very fun/exhausting.

hiking
3 months ago

Trail is definitely challenging at points, make sure you bring enough water. The path is well defined but rocky. The wildlife is amazing; I loved watching and listening to the quails. The mission trails area can get a bit confusing, so pick up a map at the visitors center and pay attention to the trail signs. If I had more time I would have liked to visit the North Fortuna summit also, as it only adds an additional mile or so on to the total hike from the Fortuna Saddle trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Lightly trafficked trail w decent signage...but keep your eyes on the app so you don't miss a turn here and there. The steps near the summit are a challenge.

hiking
4 months ago

5 months ago

Nice hike little steep in areas and not much shade, gets hot!!!

hiking
5 months ago

Easier than North Fortuna, but the hardest part is getting up the incline to the saddle to attempt the summit. Nice workout. Not nearly as busy as Cowle's.

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