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San Diego: Fortuna Mountains Loop 

Stuck in the city? Bag two peaks on this 7.9-miler in the rugged hills and valleys of Mission Trails Regional Park, just a few miles from downtown.

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Author: Backpacker Magazine
Date: 23 Oct 2006 9:57:23 PM
Activity: Hiking
State: California (CA)
Distance: 7.72 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 2126 ft
Total Loss: 2109 ft
Net Change: 17 ft
Difficulty: 7 / 10
Tags: California, Hiking, San Diego
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

TO TRAILHEAD: Take I-15 N to Clairemont Mesa Blvd. exit. Turn R and drive 2.8 mi.; park @ Tierrasanta trailhead.

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Distance: 7.72 mi Points: 828
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
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Fortuna Mountain Loop Track

Points of Interest


Location: 32.825420, -117.076401
Head N and cross bridge on Rim Trail into sage scrub zone


Location: 32.825768, -117.073799
Stay L @ Y and begin 200-ft. climb along edge of canyon


Location: 32.833179, -117.072098
Hit ridgecrest and go L @ T, dropping in and out of a pocket canyon


Location: 32.838020, -117.076897
R @ Y; follow steep, 200-ft. drop into a chaparral blanketed wash, then curl around its edge


Location: 32.842628, -117.082802
Head E into the sometimes-wet, rolling sinews of Shepherd Canyon and meet up with North Fortuna Loop Trail


Location: 32.850182, -117.070099
L @ T, heading uphill into small gully


Location: 32.852631, -117.066704
L, then R; begin steep, 400-ft. climb along North Fortuna's NW slope


Location: 32.846840, -117.060699
Reach chaparral-dotted summit of North Fortuna Mtn. for 360-degree views; head S down ridgeline to South Fortuna


Location: 32.835171, -117.055260
Knob of South Fortuna Mtn. (1,094 ft.): precipitous initial drop from peak along walls of Mission Gorge, then gradual 500-ft. descent into valley; curl N through oak forest


Location: 32.835522, -117.063599
L @ 4-way and cross seasonal creeklet at the head of Suycott Wash; steep 200-ft. climb to ridge


Location: 32.829479, -117.068604
Confusing intersection on top of mesa: take soft L and head S


Location: 32.825981, -117.070503
R @ T; cross stream and return .2 mi. back to trailhead


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