South Fortuna Trail and Fortuna Saddle Trail Loop

MODERATE 553 reviews

South Fortuna Trail and Fortuna Saddle Trail Loop is a 5.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Diego, California that features beautiful wild flowers 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
5.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,499 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

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.

fun and challenging ascent. gets really hot with minimal shade so pack plenty of water

hiking
19 days ago

Coming down is harder than getting to the top. Recommend completing north, saddle and south in one shot.

1 month ago

Great view, amazing trail

hiking
2 months ago

One of the best mission trails hikes. That stair climb is a challenge but it’s very rewarding and great views. This says moderate and overall probably is but the stair climb is one of the hardest in the mission trails area in my opinion. Take your time and be safe as always!

3 months ago

This trail was amazing and the view was worth the hard climb! It was the perfect weather yesterday as well!

3 months ago

Must do south and north together ,since there so close to each other.

3 months ago

These were not bad trails for locals. I drove from Riverside to experience some new hikes and didn't think it was worth the drive. The stairway to the summit was cool. If I lived in the area I'd probably hike these trails all the time, but I have my own local trails that give me the same experience without the drive.

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome hike

4 months ago

Great trail lost to see and if you like some rocky obstacles at the end this is the trail for you.

hiking
5 months ago

fun challenging trail. one of the longer funnier trails in mission trails park. bring some water and have fun the rocks at the end can be a burn.

hiking
5 months ago

Fun hike, pretty strenuous but well worth it. The stairs and rock scramble to the top was the most rewarding. Bring a rain jacket weather can turn quickly.

5 months ago

Awesome!

hiking
5 months ago

Can do this in tennis shoes when dry. Moderate trail for altitude. Trail not clearly marked if going on west side initially. You might end ip under powerlines for a bit if you take the wrong trail.

hiking
5 months ago

My personal favorite of the mission trails for hiking.

hiking
5 months ago

Great and challenging hike, especially going up the stairs towards the end. Make sure to pay attention to the signs or you might just miss the peak. So many different routes to take to get you to the top!

hiking
5 months ago

Good hike. Took on North and South together.

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Excellent easy to moderate

6 months ago

This trail is awesome. Better then cowles.

hiking
7 months 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.

7 months ago

loved the stairway to haven

hiking
7 months ago

Nice view

7 months ago

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

7 months ago

good hike

7 months ago

Loved the different terrains. Beautiful view!

hiking
7 months 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
8 months 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.

8 months ago

Nice

hiking
9 months ago

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.

9 months ago

Great hike

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