Ended up doing the full loop, which included South and North Fortuna. A bit of caution though, I don't know how you could find your way unless you are familiar with the area or have Alltrails. There were way too many decision points along the way and even with Alltrails, I ended up back tracking twice. Also, I knew it would be a warm day and I planned an early start. Unfortunately some things came up and I found myself on the trail at 10:00. Not long into the hike, I realized that was way too late. I was definitely glad I had a lot of water with me.
Last two peaks of 5 peaks challenge.
Nice little hike with nice views from the top. Much more solitude than nearby Cowles Mountain.
Wow, forgot how hot it can get in S.Cal even in mid-October! Nice hike though.
Number 4 of 4.
Ran from Clairemont Mesa Bridge parking to the summit in 36 minutes. Overall good trail. Hazy evening, so the Pacific Ocean was not in view. But a nice evening overall.
Loved the smell of late summer oak and chaparall! Great evening - cool and sunny. Good way to cap off a long day of meetings!
Fourth of seven easy San Diego peaks for the day. It rained pretty consistently the whole time for this peak.
I've climbed North and South Fortuna on multiple occasions. Great city get away.
There is variety of stuff to see along the way. Did it with wife and a dog and had a blast. Looks like the trail keep going but we were running out of time. Next time we'll continue on. park on Portobella (?) drive and walk to the trail head. Will do it again.
A nice little hike with some steeper roadways coming back than I expected. Fun to run down. I would try to keep my momentum going to carry me up the next hill, but would usually have to walk the second half.
Not the most challenging thing I have done. Still a good time, everytime.
Easily 100 times, probably close to 200. Easy after-work hike. Trained here for Aconcagua and carried 5-gallon jugs of water to the summit training for Denali. Beats the crowds on Cowles any day...
With wife and daughter. Trip Report
Started at the Old Mission Dam and was pleasantly surprised at the water flowing through Oak Canyon. Nice weather and nice views made for a fun 6 mile after work outing. Didn't expect to see a summit register on N. Fortuna (NW bump).
A lot less people than Cowles but a little bit longer.
Started at Calle de Vida. Backtracked a few trails in order to find the one to the Fortuna Saddle. Ran down on rocky north rim trail past North Fortuna summit. Everything is very green now. Nice afternoon run.
A nice lunch break hike. Took a little longer than I expected because for some reason I decided to pass on the little trailmaps available at the trailhead and ended up on the longer trail heading around the northside of the mountain instead of straight up the east side as I had planned. The criss-crossing trails can be confusing if it's your first time at the park so grab a trail map. I backtracked my way up through Oak Canyon, crossing the stream, climbing to the Saddle and finally reaching the summit in fairly good time considering. It was a pretty crappy day, foggy and the views were minimal, but overall it was a fun little hike. The water was flowing good through the canyon due to recent rain so the falls were enjoyable.
My Photos of My Fortuna Mtn Trip
I climbed this with my brother-in-law who used to be my climbing partner when I lived in southern California. It was nice to work off some of that turkey.
Nice training loop: park at Jackson, hike ridge trail north of Suycott Wash to ascend north side of North Fortuna, descend to saddle, ascend South Fortuna, return to car either via Oak Canyon and trail along Junipero Serra, or head directly down SW ridge trail from South Fortuna. A world apart from the Golfcrest zoo over at Cowles!