Ascent of South Fortuna Mountain on 2019-04-05
|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|
| Elevation:||1094 ft / 333 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAwesome 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.
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|
| Quality:||8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Scramble|
| Weather:||Drizzle, Cool, Windy, Overcast|
| 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|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Fortuna Mountains Traverse|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 1754 ft / 535 m Total Trip Loss: 1787 ft / 545 m
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