Taiwanese-American blogging about his travels outdoors and occasionally his thoughts on life.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Hiking Mt. Fortuna, San Diego, California

Trail Description

Length:  6.2 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 1538 ft
Difficulty Assessment: Easy
Trail Type: Loop

Additional Information: All Trails

The Hike

This morning I went hiking at Fortuna mountain (http://www.yelp.com/biz/fortuna-mountain-san-diego). The trail is located only 20 minutes from UCSD and although I would classify this trail as a casual trail, it is one of the more challenging ones that I have hiked in San Diego. The loop that we choose ran along the perimeter of the mountain starting from the Clairemont entrance where we parked. Because of time constraints, we didn't actually finish the entire perimeter loop and had to cut from a northern junction halfway all the way down south.

The quality of the hike itself was pretty good. Initially, I was disappointed with how flat the hike started out but after a few minutes it did pick up and at some parts were even quite strenuous.

One of the highlights of this hike was the green around us. The view of the surrounding mountains was also very beautiful.

All in all, even though we did not complete the hike, I was surprised with how beat I was at the end of it. Fortuna mountain is definitely a hike I would suggest to others.


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Hiking Black Canyon Creek Falls, San Diego, California

Trail Description

Length:  2 miles round trip
Difficulty Assessment: Easy
Trail Type: Out and Back

The Hike

What another amazing hike in San Diego put together by the people at HHHE.

This month, we went out to Sutherland dam and hiked Black Canyon Creek Falls. In total, I think someone said it was a five miler. The hike started out as a dirt road trail for the first half hour and then into the rocks the final hour. A lot of river crossing, rock climbing, and at one point even shimmy-ing through a tiny pseudo-cave.

The only thing that prevented me from entirely enjoying this trip was that; as I drove up to meet up with everyone, my contact started bothering me. It was really dry and scratchy and I had no solution so I was forced to throw it out. Thus, for the whole hike, I only had one good eye which made judging distances incredibly difficult. I twisted the same ankle twice stepping into holes.

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