Ascent of South Fortuna Mountain on 2009-06-27

Climber: Brian Brigham

Others in Party:Lindsey
Date:Saturday, June 27, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:South Fortuna Mountain
    Elevation:1094 ft / 333 m

Ascent Trip Report

We did this hike in the evening to avoid the hottest part of the San Diego day. We started this hike from the eastern terminus of Claremont Mesa Blvd. Beware, there is now a large water management project on the west side of mission trails regional park which has led to the re-grading of many of the parks’ dirt roads, the presence of large equipment throughout the park, and trail closures during working hours Mon-Sat. Due to the lateness of our start we did not reach the summit of South Fortuna Mountain until sunset (~8:10). The road to the saddle between the Fortuna Mountains is somewhat steep and eroded, but this section last for no more than 0.5 miles. Despite the typically evening haziness I could spot all of the mission trails park peaks, Mt. Viejas, Mt. Helix, SDSU, and downtown (but no ocean). Overall the views were good, but would be excellent on a clear winter day. We tagged the summit of North Fortuna Mountain in dusk and descended to the car in darkness. This was no problem, however, as there was a half moon to navigate by. We saw rabbits but no other wildlife during the hike.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2424 ft / 738 m
    Elevation Loss:2424 ft / 738 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1474 ft / 449 m
    Extra Loss:950 ft / 289 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:Rim Trail - Fortuna Mountain Trails
    Trailhead:terminus of Claremont Mesa Blvd  570 ft / 173 m
    Time Up:1 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1474 ft / 449 m
    Extra Gain:950 ft / 289 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:Fortuna Mountail Trails ---> Rim Trail
    Trailhead:terminus of Claremont Mesa Blvd  570 ft / 173 m
    Time Down:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Fortuna Mountains

Complete Trip Sequence:
1South Fortuna Mountain2009-06-27
2Fortuna Mountain2009-06-27

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