San Diego: Ho Chi Minh Trail

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Visited: June 11, 2015 & April 1, 2017

Description: A fun trail to Black’s Beach in La Jolla

Length: 2.5 miles

Duration: 1 hour

Terrain: Rocky and dirt/sand trail

Difficulty: Easy to moderate, depending on how comfortable you are with cliffs and slippery edges

Parking: Street

Best time to go: Anytime

Bring: Camera, water (not necessary), snack/lunch if you chill at the beach

Update (April 6, 2017):
What a difference two years makes… This trail has drastically change due to erosion and other elements. Be veeery careful because the trail can get pretty dangerous. It’s still doable but can be difficult.

Third time’s the charm! That’s right, it took us three times to find this trail. There wasn’t much information regarding Ho Chi Minh Trail when we first found out about it so we had to stare at Google Satellite Map for a looong time until we found it… we were extremely determined.

It all paid off! Thank you Google street views for capturing the little alleyway that eventually led us the right way. It’s hard to find… but it’s right in front of that black trash bin. Now you can easily find this trail in just one attempt. You’re welcome ;P

ho chi entrance
Warning: Scenery may have changed
Updated: April 1, 2017

There is construction going on so you’ll see construction workers at the beginning of the trail. This trail is in a residential area; hopefully it will remain open after construction is complete.

Rumor has it that Ho Chi Minh Trail was named after the infamous Vietnam’s war by surfers and UCSD students in the 60’s.


The trail is easy to follow. Keep an eye out for the wooden board you’ll need to cross. Don’t worry, it’s not that steep and it’s safe! For now, at least…


A little farther and you’ll start following the trail along the cliff. It’s not too high but you could get hurt if you’re not careful. A few sections can get sandy and steep, shoes with good traction definitely help during the slippery parts of the trail.


Soon, you’ll reach the best part! The small narrow canyon that you’ll have to climb into to continue the trail.


Down the Sand Steps, we go!


We even spotted some surfers heading back through the trail. Heyyy ❤


Over the years, after thousands of hikers trekked through this path, the Sand Steps were formed by their footsteps.


With the main part over, we continued on toward the beach.


We had to do a little more rock scrambling down. We love it when ropes are included!

All dirt on Megan is from butt-crawling… and maybe one fall 😉

After completing the trail, you’ve finally reached Blacks Beach. Feel free to relax and enjoy some time in the sun and ocean.


If you forgot your bathing suit, don’t worry about it! This is a nude beach so feel free to let it all hang out 😀

@HikeSnobs Tips:

  • Wear shoes with a good grip!

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