South Fortuna Mountain Out and Back

MODERATE 376 reviews

South Fortuna Mountain Out and Back is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near San Diego, California and is rated as moderate. 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: 4.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,102 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

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muddy
8 days ago

The San Diego River is flooded. I couldn't get across to reach South Fortuna from the Jackson Drive parking lot.

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muddy
15 days ago

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rocky
20 days ago

Beautiful hike in the night with my love 11/14/

Gorgeous hike! The view from several points along the trail was beautiful. It was a very quiet and serene hike for holiday morning.

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no shade
rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
2 months ago

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rocky
3 months ago

Really glad I took the stairs down and not up! Fun trek with great views!

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rocky
3 months ago

Seems easy at first... then at 1.3 it gets pretty steep and challenging. Great at night or cool weather. No shade except along the river around the 1 mile in.

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4 months ago

Not the most scenic views in San Diego, but it’s a great workout and not crowded like Cowles.

muddy
over grown
4 months ago

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rocky
4 months ago

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no shade
4 months ago

recorded South Fortuna Peak Trail

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rocky
4 months ago

Great trail. The last 1/2 mile is pretty steep up "stairs". Definitely make sure your dog is fit and has endurance before taking them on this trail with you. From where we parked it was about 5 miles roundtrip. It was still decently populated on a Wednesday evening so I'm sure weekends are packed.

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muddy
rocky
7 months ago

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over grown
7 months ago

Great trail for if you want a relatively vigorous workout without dealing with steep slopes (most of the incline is stairs only) Make sure you go to the end of Clairemont Mesa blvd instead of the Seda address that may pop up on there

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7 months ago

Truly amazing. Please enjoy the weather best hike in San Diego.

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rocky
8 months ago

All in all a fun challenge. Although steep uphills are littered with rocks; use caution going downhill. You can easily take wrong trail. Be aware of landmarks & check your recipes track on you return to your starting place.

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8 months ago

Awesome hike! Make sure you use the AT app to follow this trail because there are many other trails that intersect with it. This trail you dip down into the valley and then head straight up SF--which makes it a killer hiking back! Snakes were already out but so were the gorgeous wildflowers. There's some shade in the valley but nothing not much elsewhere. Although the description says "lightly-trafficked" there were plenty of people I encountered. Will definitely hit this again!

9 months ago

It is my second times been to South Fortuna, worthy well hiking. I walked and muddy ground from raining but sunny day. Awesome hike today

I loved this trail! I finally finished the 5 speak challenge

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10 months ago

Very comfortable easy hike, just enough incline to get a workout in, not too strenuous not boring, very green lovely views, saw a roadrunner and a pair of deer.

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