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Mt. Fortuna (North)

Average Rating:    (3.73 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 11

Mt. Fortuna is 1200 feet at its highest. The visitors center is approximately 200 feet in elevation. So there is a LOT of climbing involved. It's not an easy climb, it's steep and rocky. But the view and the ride down makes it all worth it. Don't give up. Just follow the signs marked to North Fortuna. The best time to go is in the morning. It gets hot during the day. You'll definitely want to bring lights if you go during late afternoon. CamelBak is pretty much a given for this climb.
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Latitude
32.81858503643119
Longitude
-117.05726623535156
Trail Directions
1. From the 15, take Mission Gorge Rd East, park at Visitor's Center. From the 8, heading west, take 125 north then 52 west. Get off at Mission Gorge, head West. Park at Visitor's Center. 2. Head east on Clairemont Mesa Blvd, until it ends. Turn right on the street right before Clairemont Mesa blvd, then turn left Calle De Vida, park near entrance.
Trail Length
~10 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Mission Trails Park
   


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Review Date
August 16, 2005

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: mealsonwheels ,  Downhiller

Summary:
The fireroad from the saddle up to the top of North Fortuna has been completely sanitized. It is now as smooth as a baby's butt. I have always used the fireroad for the climb anyway. The north side facing the 52 has even more exposed rock than normal, making it a very fun technical trail. Well worth the hike. Suycott wash is pretty beatup and rutted, so it's not quite as fast although it's more technically challenging too. It's still a great trail for more experienced beginners to intermediate riders.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
North side of Cowles.



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Review Date
August 20, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: will8250 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
It's a pretty tough climb but a very good challenge. Coming down the north side of the mountain is a ton of fun. A little bit of exposure and some tight switchbacks but also a very good challenge. Nothing too un-rideable except for that huge rock about 3/4 of the way down after the little rock step section. A great challenge (at least for me) and lots of fun. Don't listen to the guy whining below b/c he couldn't ride much of it.

Recommended Route:
Usually start on Calle de Vida and head in and down to Suycott along the singletrack. Then head up the fire road and make a left at the saddle and up.



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Review Date
November 8, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: GaborH ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
North Mt. Fortuna rocks. No, you can not do it all, unles you are Jimena Florit. Nothing like being beaten by a girl! So, stop you whinning and climb. If you can not do it today, then next time you will get a few feet further.

Trails are closed to 11/17/2003 do to wildfire. Respect the closure, or bikes will be banned. I say that as a SDMBA.com member who put in a few days of trail work at Mission Trials.

Recommended Route:
some place else for now.



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Review Date
March 10, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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4.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: brendan , from North Park

Summary:
If you come up here you come to ride and see what you are made of. Not for whiners. Read the lengthy review below and it will remind you why you ride trails like this. Do it for the love of your surroundings and the enjoyment of pushing your limits. Thats what keeps me coming back to this route at least twice a week.

Recommended Route:
Grasslands, up the "Alley", right turn to Fortuna summit, down the other side and through Suycott into the oak groves...

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Rose Canyon, Sycamore Canyon, and the surrounding Poway trail network.



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Review Date
December 11, 2002

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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2.50 of 5, 8.00 votes

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Reviewed by: MBA , from San Diego

Summary:
This trail sucks! Walk up, take a crappy trail down. This isn't mountain biking, mine as well just shuttle to the top if you can find a car that will climb the hill.



Comments
Allrotor13b (05/20/2008)
How do you shuttle inside of Mission Trails? Stick to video games.
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