South Fortuna Summit

Trail
2.40 Miles
N/A
Free
3point5stars (3.50)1
3point5stars (3.50)
4stars (4.00)
No
N/A
Yes
No
San Diego
San Diego
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Photos
Peak #2 - Done!
My wife celebrating the summit of our second peak. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Summit Marker
This is what you'll find at the top. (Photo by Lone_Star)
We Did It
Our obligatory selfie. :) (Photo by Lone_Star)
Nearing the top
The trail is fairly steep and rugged near the top. Trekking poles help. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Going Up
The route up is fairly steep, but steps have been placed where possible to make the ascent (and descent) easier. (Photo by Lone_Star)
South Fortuna Mountain
View of the mountain. The trail runs up the right side (southern end) and then you traverse north to the summit. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Trailhead
This is the Mission Trails Clairemont Mesa trailhead. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Log Entries
South and North Fortuna Peaks
By Lone_Star on 9/19/2019
Rating: 3point5stars Difficulty: 3point5stars Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 6.90 Miles Duration: 7 hours, 28 minutes

To continue our elevation training, my wife and I did both the South and North Fortuna Peaks as part of our 5 Peak Challenge.  These were peaks #2 and #3 for us (peak #1 was Kwaay Paay Peak last week).  We first ascended South Fortuna Peak, which is not that tall, but it was fairly steep and challenging near the top.  It was pretty much a class 4 climb and using trekking poles was very helpful.  Once we got to the top of South Fortuna, we walked across the saddle and up to the top of the taller North Fortuna Peak since it was fairly closeby.  Coming down from North Fortuna was also steep and challenging.  Once again, trekking poles were invaluable.  The entire area is exposed so take a lot of water and watch out for snakes.  The Mission Trails Regional Park is a "tangled mess" of trails running everywhere, but overall the signage is very good and there is a good printed map available at the trailheads.