South Fortuna Mountain

MODERATE 342 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
1538 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.

26 minutes ago

Scenic and challenging!

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11 hours ago

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

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25 days 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.

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27 days ago

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27 days 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.

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