Ascent of South Fortuna Mountain on 2019-04-25

Climber: Jake Weeks

Others in Party:Tom Weeks
Date:Thursday, April 25, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:South Fortuna Mountain
    Elevation:1094 ft / 333 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started the climb at 6:20 to see the sunset from the summit. The San Diego River was still flowing quite steadily but we crossed without incident. We knocked 35 minutes off of our ascent time from out last trip, and in much warmer weather. Family was watching our ascent up the stairs through the telescope, pretty awesome. Reached the summit 5 minutes before sunset. Unfortunately the marine layer blocked the view of the true sunset, but it was a great sight nonetheless. We descended towards the saddle trail and used a small use trail connecting a power line maintenance road to the main saddle trail. At this point we donned our headlamps. The volume of insect life visible on the Suycott Wash trail is spectacular. Harvestmen, wolf spiders, and all sorts of multicolored beetles could be seen on the path. After leaving the wash on the path towards the fire road, we saw kangaroo rats and a Common Poorwill just sitting on the path hunting insects. At first we thought it might be injured because of how still he was, but after inching closer he flew off. Crossing the river in the dark was an eerie experience with only our headlamps for illumination, but again we crossed with no problems. On the road up we heard the tremendous cacophony of frogs in the stream running alongside the road, measuring 83db. Definitely an exciting hike at night.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1552 ft / 472 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1552 ft / 472 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.3 mi / 8.5 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
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 / 3.9 km
    Route:SD River and Stairway to Heaven
    Start Trailhead:Mission Trails Overflow Lot  298 ft / 90 m
    Time:1 Hours 1 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1217 ft / 370 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 796 ft / 243 m; Extra: 421 ft / 128m
    Gain on way out:421 ft / 128 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Route:Saddle Trail & Suycott Wash
    End Trailhead:Mission Trails Overflow Lot  298 ft / 90 m
    Time:1 Hours 6 Minutes

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