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It's beautiful

Love this trail

I had heard about the fire in the Slough and wanted to check out for myself how much of the nature preserve was affected. The burned area is off the loop trails that can be accessed from the Valeta St trailhead. It doesn’t affect the trail itself (although it did come right up to it) and was mainly in an area that used to be accessible but is now closed for revegetation, between a bench at an overlook and the Point Loma Tennis Club courts. I was happy to see that the tall bushes of the loop trails are unaffected. It’s worth mentioning that the park was cleaner than I’d ever seen it before. No one camping at the trailhead, no RVs in the parking lot, and no trash on the trail.

Great for a morning workout and enjoying the views.

we took the north trail on the way up and came down the South, highly recommend taking the South trail. Happy Trails

I would like to say it was hiking, but it was more walking along a nude beach for most of the stretch. Be forewarned there are a ton of clothing optional ladies and gents out there, mostly gents. You will probably feel very much out of place and over dressed but once you get past the first 3 miles of nudity (mostly males) there’s a good 3 or miles of terrain trail. Let me be clear as I should have read more of these reviews before I went. It’s not really a hike as much as it is a beach walk/run with a decent terrain at the end. If you’re reading this and it’s too late and you’ve already encountered too much skin exposure for a day you can take the roads back to the trail head.
Best of luck my friends.
P.S. I gave 2 Stars because I’m still recovering from the views.
But credit to the last 3 miles of the actual hike trek there were really good views of NATURE there.

It was way more interesting than I expected. Definitely go to the waterfall. In general it’s very flat, but the trees are very beautiful.

$3 cash to park.

great experience in wonderful views

16 days ago

Some challenging parts!

18 days ago

Great workout and a challenging hike. Will do this one again.

18 days ago

The straightaway in the map is a series of steep incline and declines. The curvy portions navigate around the elevation to make it easier to work with.

19 days ago

Walked the last part of the out-and-back trail between W. Point Loma Ave. and I-8. Beautiful natural surroundings, but the trail runs very close to the adjacent apartment complex. Also, there were signs of transient camping. Still a pretty nice walk though.

Hiked both South and North Fortuna same day - 2 of the 5 of the 5 peak challenge. Great and challenging workout! Bring plenty of water on hot days. Not overly crowded making hiking peaceful.

21 days ago

Loved this trail! One of 5 of the 5 peak challenge and my favorite. Views are great, not as crowded, challenging, great workout!

great trail. go early to miss the heat. it is usually 10-15 degrees warmer than downtown. bring extra water.

trail running
23 days ago

Great trail for walking and trail run. Several trails to choose from. Small ponds and waterfall along the way. Came across several people on trail and mountain bikers. Share the path. Signs throughout path. Great workout. Will do again. Recommend if your looking to walk (not hike) and trail run.

Great 4.1-mile loop done this morning. Trails are well marked and easy to navigate, especially in combination with the Alltrails app. We started around 1030am and hiked for two hours, stopping frequently for the dogs to drink water and take breaks. There is no shade, so make sure that your pup is ready for the heat! The trail was dry and dusty and therefore slippery in some of the steeper sections. If you go clockwise around the loop you end up going down the steepest part rather than up it. Overall an easy to slightly moderate hike for more experienced hikers. Lovely views and breeze at the top.

More of a walk than a hike, but suited our needs perfectly. Quite a few other hikers and bikers but a nice wide trail and really lovely waterfall/pools at the end of the trail and some pretty bridges crossing the stream along the way. Brought the dogs on leashes and they loved it. Did see a pretty big snake slither across the path so was glad we kept the dogs on leashes at all times.

Great hike! Very easy if you walk! Lots of different routes to go which is nice for seeing different things. But I did have to PAY THREE DOLLARS IN CASH

26 days ago

Eh. I chose this trail because I wanted something easy for a first time hike with my 8 yr old. It's pretty flat and wide. The photos show areas in mission trails that are not on this particular loop trail. The Grasslands Loop trail is completely open, no shade available, and all dry. There's a pretty lake area that can be seen from this loop, but cannot be accessed unless you take a different trail. There was no respite from the sun whatsoever. It was a good place for a starter hike but we won't be doing the Grasslands Loop again.

28 days ago

Simple, easy to follow trail with great views at the top.

1 month ago

Great trail for a quick hike and a great view of San Diego. Bring water, it’s hot.

1 month ago

Amazing view! A little crowded and dog owners need to do a better job of cleaning up after their pets!!

Nice long but easy hike. Pretty views of the river along the way. Unfortunately it's tick haven right now. Also there was quite a bit of evidence of snakes on the trail. Be extra cautious with dogs and horses!

I started at Tecolote Nature Center and made it as far as Balboa Ave. The portion of the trail between Mt. Acadia Ave. and Balboa was new to me, and I liked it a lot. Large trees, views of the stream, and pretty even terrain - nothing like the steep hills between USD and Mt. Acadia Avenue parallel to the golf course. One thing to note is that at one point the trail doesn’t match up with the map. From a fork in the trail, you can only go left (walking north), as the right is closed for revegetation. A short distance after that, the trail turns sharply right, away from the trail drawn on the map and joins up with the trail that was originally the closed one leading right from the fork (see my screenshot of the map). Not a big deal though, since this part of the trail is well marked, and off-limits areas are cordoned off.

Good trail to walk. “Waterfall” wasn’t much. But overall it was nice.

I biked the suggested from Dairy Mart Rd to Friendship Park. Just amazing!

I really enjoyed this hike however labeling it as “moderate” is a misnomer. The Fortuna Mountain Summit part of the trail is listed as difficult, not moderate, on the signs there. it was a tough and rewarding hike but people should have a more accurate idea of what they are getting into with this one.

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