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Fortuna Ranch Community Trails

From You7775.85 Mi
Local TipsTraffic can be bad on Rancho Santa Fe Rd heading south weekday mornings & north in the afternoon. Time your arrival accordingly!
Created (yyyy-mm-dd)2014-10-07
Created ByTracy
  • Soft
  • Running
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Walking
  • Parking
  • Hills
  • Loop
  • Out And Back
  • Technical
Street Crossings
  • A Few
Max Distance4-6
Volume of Use
  • Low
DescriptionPart of the City of Encinitas Recreation Trail System, these are wide, dirt trails that wind through the neighborhoods off of Fortuna Ranch Rd and Wildflower Ranch. Park on Fortuna Ranch Rd. near the bank of mailboxes (on the right near the top of the hill). There are many loop or out-&-back combinations you can do. For starters, I would backtrack down the hill about 25 yards to the trail that is on the left (look for the white fence). After about 1.5 miles the trail will intersect with Wildflower Drive. Cross the street, go right and then take the trail to the left at the next street. You eventually hit a T intersection on the trail; go up the steep hill & the trail will loop back to Bumann Rd. When you get back to Fortuna Ranch, turn right to extend the run.

For extra adventure, at the T intersection you can go right to continue downhill and run some single track along a creek. You'll have a steep ascent back up (& it won't feel anything like the neighborhood you were just running through). You'll wind back around to that neighborhood eventually, though.

There are steep inclines/descents on these trails; I wouldn't recommend it for anyone with bad knees or a nagging IT band issue! Also, you WILL pass people on horseback. Please use proper trail etiquette and yield to equestrians.

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  • As you enter the area of Wildflower Ranch there are signs that say private property. These are City of Encinitas Trails so as long as you stay on the trail you have a right to be there! ( by Tracy on 2015-01-10 )