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 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.
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.
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.