Ascent of Fortuna Mountain on 2017-11-06

Climber: Jeffrey Swain

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, November 6, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Fortuna Mountain
    Elevation:1291 ft / 393 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trailhead for this hike was at the east end of Clairemont Mesa Blvd. in San Diego, CA. I'm filling in the blanks here because this hike occurred before I joined Peakbaggers and certain anomalies on later hikes needed correction.

It appears that I began this hike at 12:21:30 p.m. on 11/6/2017 from the Clairemont Mesa Staging area where there is plenty of parking but no facilities. I usually avail myself of the facilities at the Tierrasanta Recreation Center before I head into the wilderness. From the staging area, I crossed a bridge and followed a series of service roads, many of which are labelled the Rim Trail; but there are many random deviations and variants. In the course of this hike, I visited a number of waypoints marked by Xes on the map. I will have to check to see if I added these as ascents myself or if they were recorded previously.

Worth noting is that much of Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) and the community of Tierrasanta is on land that formerly belonged to United States Marine Corps Camp Elliott. Indeed much of the land north of Hwy 52 is still a military base. A legacy of Camp Elliott is the Murphy Canyon Navy Housing, and an assortment of service roads in MTRP. Unexploded ordnance is occasionally found, particularly in the streambeds after a rain. Children have been killed in recent history by such finds.

My father had a brief and undistinguished career as an artilleryman in the earliest days of World War II. In those days, North Fortuna Mountain was known as "Nellie" an obscure reference to the fact that the mountain resembles a woman lying on her back. The height of marksmanship among artillerymen was to lob a shell directly on Nellie's upper torso development (Marines seldom used that term). Hence, if you look among the bushes near the peak of North Fortuna, you will find a lot of shattered rock. But I digress.

In any case, I followed the regular route to North Fortuna, visiting waypoint 747, 875, 1243, and the peak of North Fortuna at 1291. Peak 1291 refers to the favorite artillery target and 1243 would be Nellie's face. It appears that I followed the trail down to Nellie's toes, burned around, and went back the way I came. The track seems to end at Fortuna Saddle and then cuts out.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:761 ft / 231 m
    Total Elevation Loss:385 ft / 117 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Warm day. Hazy sky
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:761 ft / 231 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Rim Trail
    Start Trailhead:Clairemont Mesa Staging Area  530 ft / 161 m
    Time:2 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:385 ft / 117 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.7 km
    End Trailhead:Fortuna Saddle  906 ft / 276 m
    Time:47 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: 20171106.North Fortuna

Complete Trip Sequence:
3MTRP Peak 12432017-11-06 
3Peak 8752017-11-06 
4Fortuna Mountain2017-11-06761 ft / 232 m
Total Trip Gain: 761 ft / 232 m    Total Trip Loss: 385 ft / 117 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jeffrey Swain
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