Definitely not a trail for the inexperienced or faint at heart hiker. I'd say heavily trafficked, maybe because it's Sunday. No signage at all makes it challenging to navigate. Two dead ends. Certainly not a trail for wet weather.

hiking
3 days ago

Awesome hike! Did this hike in a loop from the Torrey Pines Gliderport down to Black's Beach. It was muddy slippery at the beginning and some steep parts and cool little waterfall in the beginning.

Best coastal hike in the county. Start from the Gliderport, not La Jolla Farms Road. The route across the top of the cliffs is more interesting. This isn't for children or dogs, all sorts of sketchy and precarious situations on this trek, watch your step!

hiking
5 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

Went on a gloomy Tuesday in June with a cousin. Referred to Venessa's review before the hike. We took the surfer path to the beach. There is a point in the path where it looks like you either go up a slope to the left or go down into areas between the rocks to the right. The area inbetween the rocks do not continue into a path, so, go up the slope, lol. There are small streams that you follow until you reach an area with a rope you use as you walk down a decline that leads to the beach. This part was wet when I went down it, and the mud was slippery, but its not a too difficult part of the trail.

After reaching the beach, we walked to the left to see the Pavilion guest house, aka Mushroom house. Then took the UCSD road up to our car instead of hiking back through the trails. Got a good view of the houses in the neighborhood this way.

Really wouldn't recommend going if it has just rained because the mud is no joke. I would probably do it again, but on a sunnier day.

hiking
17 days ago

This trail is tricky and footwork is spotty in several places, but that's what makes it fun. The lower left trail leads to the beach and I recommend finding a path that stays on the ledges until you reach the slot canyon. Plant your feet well!

Note that the beam in the pictures actually bends slightly, which will throw your balance off if you don't expect it. Climbing up and down next to it is an easy alternative.

The trail on the right leads to the top, which also involves some slippery spots in order get onto, but you'll be fine. Take some pictures and enjoy the view!

Simply an access trail to the beach. Defiantly not the safest way down there. But it's not terrifying as I'd been warned. Don't take any children, you have to repell down a skimpy rope at the end to traverse a steep little sea cliff and there are deep trenches that you can't see down to the bottom of.

on Ho Chi Minh Trail

28 days ago

This hike was much better than expected. And! there is free 2hr parking throughout the neighborhood. You'll find the trail in between the fences...
Further down, At the fork, The surfers take the lower left trail barefoot to the beach. It's still pretty tough especially with a surf board in your hand. But if you go right it takes you up into the cliffs. Their are dangerous ledges without a railing and slippery sandy slopes so I wouldn't recommend taking small children. There is a lot of damage to the terrain because of water run off. We recommend going up first. You can take the ledges all the way to Torrey Pines park (Just follow the paragliders) and down the broken staircases to Blacks beach-(Some peeps at the beach may be nude). We walked the beach back towards the trail where the surfers come out at (on the lower trail) and went back up that way. It's beautiful. Small waterfalls, streams and even a small slot canyon. This hike has everything from amazing ocean views to the beautiful greenery and even amazing rocks that give the feel of being in Zions National Park. We would definitely do this one again and bring everyone that will come! It's A perfect spot to watch the sunset.

on Ho Chi Minh Trail

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

The trailhead for this is between two really nice houses, and it took me a while to find because I was wary of trespassing. The trail itself is pretty, well trafficked, and short, but involves some tricky footwork. I would not take small children on this trail