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Ascent of South Fortuna Mountain on 2019-04-05

Climber: Jake Weeks

Others in Party:William Wood & Tom Weeks
Date:Friday, April 5, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:South Fortuna Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:1094 ft / 333 m

Ascent Trip Report

Awesome first leg of our Fortuna Mountains Traverse. We forded the San Diego River which was flowing quite strongly due to recent rainfall. We attempted to climb the rocks to cross the river dry, but I unfortunately got my shoes and socks wet right at the start of the climb. The fire road climb was hard on our calves but we quickly warmed up. We took a side route through the well-shaded Suycott wash before tackling the stairs. Flowers and yucca were abundant along the entire route, and the cool air plus a light drizzle made for brilliant climbing weather. Billy experienced difficulty on the stairs but we otherwise made solid progress. We only encountered five other hikers on the ascent - astoundingly sparse crowds for Mission Trails. The summit caldera was absolutely verdant with flowers, cacti, and yucca and was a beautiful sight. We probably picked the best day of the year for this trip. Our next stop was North Fortuna.
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The western face of South Fortuna Mountain as seen from the Suycott Wash on a rainy day (2019-04-05). Photo by Jake Weeks.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1131 ft / 344 m
    Total Elevation Loss:335 ft / 102 m
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Scramble
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Windy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1131 ft / 344 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 796 ft / 243 m; Extra: 335 ft / 102m
    Loss on way in:335 ft / 102 m
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.8 km
    Route:SD River and Stairway to Heaven
    Start Trailhead:Mission Trails Overflow Lot  298 ft / 90 m
    Time:1 Hours 37 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Fortuna Mountains Traverse

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1South Fortuna Mountain2019-04-051131 ft / 345 m
2Fortuna Mountain2019-04-05623 ft / 190 m
Total Trip Gain: 1754 ft / 535 m    Total Trip Loss: 1787 ft / 545 m



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