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South Fortuna Mountain

Mission Trails Regional Park

San Diego Metro Area, California

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  • Wildflowers blooming along the trail to South Fortuna Peak.- South Fortuna Mountain
  • View from the trailhead.- South Fortuna Mountain
  • Wildflowers blooming along the trail to South Fortuna Peak.- South Fortuna Mountain
  • The trail begins to gradually gain elevation.- South Fortuna Mountain
  • The trail crosses over the San Diego River.- South Fortuna Mountain
  • Wildflowers blooming along the trail to South Fortuna Peak.- South Fortuna Mountain
  • Wildflowers blooming along the trail to South Fortuna Peak.- South Fortuna Mountain
  • Mesquite grows alongside the trail.- South Fortuna Mountain
  • The trail has many picturesque views.- South Fortuna Mountain
  • The trail follows a fence for a portion of the hike.- South Fortuna Mountain
  • Wildflowers blooming along the trail to South Fortuna Peak.- South Fortuna Mountain
  • The Suycott Wash footbridge.- South Fortuna Mountain
  • View of Climbers Loop Trail in the distance.- South Fortuna Mountain
  • Close up view of the Climbers Loop Trail.- South Fortuna Mountain
  • The final portion of the hike is the steepest.- South Fortuna Mountain
  • This is a great hike for those who want to get in a little cardio workout.- South Fortuna Mountain
  • Views begin to open up as the elevation increases.- South Fortuna Mountain
  • Sections of the trail are very steep and uneven.- South Fortuna Mountain
  • Looking back at the view to the west.- South Fortuna Mountain
  • The view to the north near the peak.- South Fortuna Mountain
  • View from the summit.- South Fortuna Mountain
  • Wildflowers blooming along the trail to South Fortuna Peak.- South Fortuna Mountain
  • The summit of South Fortuna Mountain.- South Fortuna Mountain
  • The hills of San Diego on a hazy morning viewed from the summit.- South Fortuna Mountain
  • View from the summit of South Fortuna Peak.- South Fortuna Mountain
  • View to the south near the summit.- South Fortuna Mountain
  • Hikers are rewarded with panoramic views at the summit.- South Fortuna Mountain
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Panoramic views. Wildflowers.
Cons: 
Little shade. High summer temperatures.
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Region:
San Diego Metro Area, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Highest point: 
1,100.00 ft (335.28 m)
Net Elevation Gain: 
800.00 ft (243.84 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
5.50 mi (8.85 km)
Total elevation gain: 
1,500.00 ft (457.20 m)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
300.00 ft (91.44 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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South Fortuna Peak is a perfect hike for those who want to want to get away from the city without the drive. Just under 20 minutes from downtown San Diego, it features panoramic views of Mission Trails Regional Park and the surrounding suburban communities. During the spring dozens of wildflower species bloom alongside the trail.

The hike begins near the southern entrance to Mission Trails Regional Park at the Visitor Center Loop Trailhead. The path crosses the San Diego River after about a quarter of a mile. Keep in mind that there is no bridge that crosses over, so it may be occasionally impassible after a heavy rainstorm. In half a mile, bear right at the fork and follow the signs for Suycott Valley Trail. Shortly after crossing the Suycott Wash footbridge, bear right once again to follow the South Fortuna Trail. This section of the hike is rather steep and follows a long stretch of stairs to the summit. At the peak, hikers are rewarded with panoramic views of San Diego county. On a clear day the view extends to the Pacific Ocean and Mexico.

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