Fortuna Mountain is a popular trail running and hiking destination, partially because of its proximity to downtown San Diego, but also because it's part of the San Diego 5-Peak Challenge. The Fortuna Mountain North Trail winds up through native shrubbery and chaparral to the peak of Fortuna Mountain, where you will be rewarding with wonderful views of the nearby Cowles Mountain and maybe even the Pacific Ocean on clear days.
What Makes It Great
Fortuna Mountain North Trail in Mission Trails Regional Park is a 6.5-mile out-and-back trail that takes you on a great training run to the summit of Fortuna Mountain. The park provides beautiful scenic views and is open year round. This trail is one of many in the park, and it can be joined up others to make a longer run or hike. The North Trail is considered moderate in difficulty, and more or less travels up a steep dirt road until you reach the scenic summit.
Bring plenty of water if you are running this trail in the summer - it's hot and dry out there!
Who is Going to Love It
Fortuna Mountain North Trail is challenging, but doable for anyone who is either in pretty good shape or willing to slow down and take their time. It's fun dogs, but may be a bit much for some families with younger children (some sections are fairly steep and slippery).
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
The best place to put in your GPS for the beginning of this trail is Equestrian Cir, Santee, CA 92071.