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South Fortuna Mountain

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

Trail Running Moderate

8.5 km
441 m
441 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
52 m
High Point
329 m
South Fortuna Mountain Map

The South Fortuna Mountain Trail is a 5.3-mile trail run 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 run, 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 route: 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 trail run 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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Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

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


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

all year round

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