Ho Chi Minh Trail, San Diego

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  • Address: Ho Chi Minh Trail, San Diego, CA 92037, 92037, United States
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Trail, Family And Kids, Adventure, Sports And Recreation, Hiking
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About Ho Chi Minh Trail, San Diego

This trail that begins at La Jolla Farms is not for the faint of heart. You can barely call it a trail. Your path will take you through ravines and gorges seemingly impossible squeeze through. Sometimes you have to climb down ropes. The sandstone is not safe, especially after a storm, which is when things crumble and people get hurt. But if all this is not a turn off, then this can be quite an exciting little adventure. The trail ends at Black's Beach, which is a clothes-optional beach.

Ho Chi Minh Trail Information

  • Do not take the trail in days immediately following a storm.
  • Not suitable for kids or dogs.

How To reach Ho Chi Minh Trail by Public Transport

  • By Bus 101 stop N Torrey Pines Rd & Salk Institute Rd.

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  • Best challenge I have faced to date. It was fun and suspenseful with all the different things you have to go through to get to the beach. Glad I came out. Definitely recommend.

  • I have never been here though; it looks fantastic and exciting. Vote five stars just because of the name Ho Chi Minh trail. I curiously wonder who came up with that name.

  • Oh my...so many story lines here! For those just tuning in to the San Diego scene this is THE hike you have to do at least once. A cliff face descent of over 300 feet vertical with a million dollar view at the top, ending with an up close view of a nude bathing beach at the bottom!!😵 Google Maps may list the trail name as La Jolla Trail, but to those who have been here it's The Ho Chi Minh - a tongue-in-cheek description of the hike experience evolving out of the Vietnam era, used to hyperbolize the hidden dangers encountered on the trail decent.😰

  • Views that will you make cry! Well, not cry cry just figuratively speaking of course, but maybe I did tear up a little bit. We'll never know..... Ho Chi Minh Trail is a must see, must do and must hike kinda place. I love what San Diego already has to offer but this trail made me love this city even more. Most hikes I've done are mainly going up just to see awesome views. This trail is a hike going down and it is not easy. The beginning of the trail is like whoa and questionable; what's down there, where are we going? Is there a bat cave? Watch out for snakes! Oh lawd, did you hear that? Who's there? All these things were running through my mind as we hike down the trail. Then we had to cross a bridge, oh wait, it's actually a 2 x 4. Just kidding it was a plank. My knees were shaking but I made it just fine. After the forest the fun begins! Start holding on to your dear life. I'm not scared of heights but I am scared of falling down. Then you have to climb down using a rope that's wrapped around a small tree. It's okay guys, the small tree looks strong enough. It was actually easier climbing down facing forward. As soon as I got down, I realized something. Welcome to Blacks Beach! I acted normal of course, said Hi to anybody regardless of their clothes situation. Stayed a while, took tons of pictures and did it all over again. If you want to keep going, you can walk north and take the stairs up to glider point. By the way, my hubby hiked this with me carrying our 2 year old in a baby carrier. The entrance is hidden in a residential area and the rich folks that lives here are cool as a cucumber. They don't mind people parking on their street, and no one has given us bad vibes like were trespassing. I'll be back soon!

  • Awesome adventure trail and doesn't cost a thing

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