North Fortuna Mountain Summit – Peak #11

I started the day wanting to take it easy. My back was still a little stiff and sore from the injury and I didn’t want to overdo it. I drove to Mission Trails Regional Park and parked at the Old Mission Dam area and began my hike.

The Old Mission Dam, built in 1813-1816

The Old Mission Dam, built in 1813-1816

The trail followed a seasonal stream bed (now dry) and crossed in and out of the shade of oak trees. I came upon this bent tree and was happily surprised at the lack of graffiti on it.

Gnarled Oak Tree in Mission Trails Regional Park

Gnarled Oak Tree in Mission Trails Regional Park

I meandered through the canyon until I reached a service road that ran straight up the side of the mountain to a saddle in between North and South Fortuna Mountains. It was getting hotter, but, once I reached the saddle, the cool air from the ocean breeze washed over me.

The steep trail, leading up to the saddle

The steep trail, leading up to the saddle

I then scrambled up to the North Fortuna Summit and could see the South Fortuna Summit, just on the other side of the saddle. My back felt pretty good, and I was most of the way there, so I decided to run back down to the saddle and up the other side.

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Comments

  1. Kelly says

    Great blog! Just hiked up North Fortuna this weekend. Gorgeous day for a hike but wished it wasn’t so hazy. Looking forward to climbing Cowell’s next weekend.

  2. says

    Thank you for the kind words.

    There was indeed great weather last weekend; perfect for hiking. I have a trip report I am working on from Sunday. Which way did you go up North Fortuna?

    Unfortunately, San Diego can still be hazy this time of year. In a couple of months, try a peak after an overnight rain for some of the best views around.

  3. jessica says

    been up there a couple times – once to watch the Miramar Air Show. it was pretty cool to watch the jets zip by. once we took the “long” way, it was a while ago but i think we used the “fortuna saddle” and “rim” trails.

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