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South Fortuna Mountain

Gain incredible views from one of Mission Trails Regional Park's beautiful mountains.

Hiking Difficult

8.5 km
441 m
441 m
2-3 hrs
Low Point
52 m
High Point
329 m
South Fortuna Mountain Map

The South Fortuna Mountain Trail is a 5.3-mile hike in Mission Trails Regional Park that takes you to the summit of South Fortuna Mountain, one of the five peaks in the park.


To begin the hike, you will start at the south trailhead and follow a series of trails that cross a creek, a meadow, a river, and a steep hill. There are wooden bridges crossing most of the streams and rivers, so you don't need to worry about getting your feet wet.

After turning right to head up the pass, you'll encounter the highlight of this hike: the "Stairway to Heaven," a set of wooden steps that lead you to the saddle between the two peaks.

From there, you will turn right and follow a ridge trail to the summit, where you can enjoy panoramic views of San Diego and beyond. After taking in the scenery, you can return the same way or make a loop by taking another trail back to the river crossing. The route shown here is the loop option.

This hike is moderate to difficult and has an elevation gain of 1,427 feet. It is a popular trail for hiking, running, and birdwatching, and is open year-round and dog-friendly. For more information, visit Mission Trails Regional Park Online.

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Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

all year round


  • Picturesque

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