Ho Chi Minh Trail

MODERATE 176 reviews

Ho Chi Minh Trail is a 0.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near La Jolla, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
0.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
246 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

washed out

no dogs

9883 La Jolla Farms Rd San Diego, CA 92037

hiking
4 days ago

A slippery little trail. Gorgeous views all the way down, though!

7 days ago

A little sketch but it makes it fun!

15 days ago

Beautiful trail that leads to the beach, but please wear proper footwear. You can literally die here! It looks very simple, but it turns very slippery near the end.

21 days ago

Very difficult and scary towards the end. Please only go if you’re experienced. My boyfriend and I had a moment where we thought we were going to fall to our deaths.

1 month ago

Very short but very fun!

1 month ago

This is a pretty fun trail but can be tough if the sand is dry and slippery

hiking
1 month ago

There’s naked people on the beach when you make it down there! Lol, I didn’t know I was hiking to a nude beach. Mostly men of course....anyway.... yes it’s very challenging and yes the locals go barefoot and say it’s safer. Awesome sandstone washouts and a rope to get you down the last 50. Head north on the beach and take the stairs back up, then head south along the ridge to get back to the original starting point.

2 months ago

Best trail in SD by far :) definitely a hidden gem

Scary but so worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful, slightly out-of this-world trail for experienced risk takers. Three very sketchy places where “horizontal” part is 1-2” wide and made of loose sand. Cling to the wall with your belly but don’t grab what appears to be a good hold too hard – you may end up with a detached piece of sandstone in your hand. Prayers won’t help traction – wear good shoes. Although locals claim that doing it barefoot is the best (not for me). Don’t start the 1st narrow part (either way you go) if not sure, you may find yourself in an impossible situation. Consider yourself warned.

hiking
3 months ago

For locals only unless you are experienced! The path is eroding away, so hike at own risk! Have fun though!!

3 months ago

Has eroded a little bit since the last time I did it. Wear shoes with good traction!

hiking
4 months ago

It was such a beautiful view from top to bottom of the hike. But due to the rain and mud slides I would suggest waiting a week or so because my partner and I both slid down a few muddy hills...still worth it :-)

hiking
4 months ago

Challenging, but not strenuous at all. Mostly all downhill to the beach. We took our shoes off halfway because some parts of the trail are so sketchy that it was safer to walk through the water. You will slip at least once, with good shoes or no shoes. I would not want to hike back up this route and we did not—there’s a way to go back up via the main road.

rock climbing
4 months ago

Get off the beaten path and find the hidden goat trails. This is where you will get your sweat on. This is some serious sand stone no traction slip away from everything you step onto. Know your limitations!!!

4 months ago

Agree with those saying this trail can be risky at points. It's not clear which is the best path to take at times as well but isn't that part of the fun. Do wear shoes with traction--i wore birkenstocks and slipped at several points. My bad, of course, in not being prepared.

5 months ago

Definitely challenging, but completely worth it !

Absolutely adore it

hiking
5 months ago

Have to be careful but was a great little hike.

hiking
6 months ago

I loved this trail. It can be difficult in spots. Wear good hiking shoes. The path is narrow and slippery in some places. The scenery is beautiful.

hiking
6 months ago

Kind of dangerous but definitely exciting. So different from the other hikes I had done before!

6 months ago

Beautiful views! A little narrow and on the edge at times. My husband and I wore tennis shoes and thought it helped. There's lose dirt through out the trail that can contribute to slipping so just be very careful. The view and the beach at the end is worth it.

7 months ago

Wear shoes with lots of tread, overall beautiful trail!

7 months ago

Although the scenery is very beautiful, due to the fact that this trail is not maintained, it has eroded and become dangerous at at least one point. It should be reclassified as "difficult" or removed from this list entirely. I myself slipped and almost fell into a ravine, hanging by one hand and luckily got pulled up by two other hikers before my arm gave way. If you must hike this trail, make sure you have hiking shoes or boots with very good traction.

8 months ago

Love love love ❤️

8 months ago

A very nice short hike! the beach is very peaceful and quiet. it is a challenge though so be prepared!

8 months ago

great trail through eroded sandstone Clif. Very difficult.

9 months ago

Great little trail. Very "slippery" from loose sand. Many people went barefoot. Hiking sandals would be best. Take your beach stuff and hang out at the beach for a while. We went around 1/2 and watched dolphins for about and hour. A quarter mile down is blacks beach/nude beach.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful hike for a beautiful day. The hike is definitely moderate and in some spots the trail is very narrow and scary. Cool to watch the hang gliders and all the nudists on the beach. Wear sunglasses or they may think you're staring :-P

9 months ago

A hidden treasure, the view is amazing!!! It is breathtaking.

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