South and North Fortuna Peaks

This is the Mission Trails Clairemont Mesa trailhead.
User: Lone_Star - 9/19/2019

Location: South Fortuna Summit

Rating: 3point5stars
Difficulty: 3point5stars  Solitude: 4stars
Miles Hiked: 6.90 Miles  Elapsed Time: 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.

Log Photos
South Fortuna Mountain
Going Up
Nearing the top
We Did It
Summit Marker
Peak #2 - Done!