Ho Chi Minh Trail

Ho Chi Mihn Hike San Diego

Ho Chi Mihn Trail

Trail Distance: 2.4 miles
Best time to hike: Year Around
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Totally Breathtaking Trail to Hike Before You Die: Ho Chi Minh; San Diego, California: "it's so beautiful. Hiking 2 miles through the breath taking steep cliffs of La Jolla the trail exits on a famous nudist beach. So awesome."


Ho Chi Min Trail San Diego

To access this trail park you car anywhere on the street and head over to the start of the red marker on the map. The entrance to the trail has a few small signs but it’s easy to miss if you blink. The trail is maintained by fellow hikers and surfers so if you aren’t in good shape I don’t recommend attempting. When the trail is wet it can get very slippery and because many parts of this trail follow the edge of a cliff so be careful people.

At one point I had to walk on this narrow sketchy log placed over a riven if I feel off it would have hurt. Once your at the beach you got a couple options. Walk south and checkout some great surf or walk north and you will see a bunch of nudist. If you like that stuff more power to you I got nothing against it so I checked it out for myself. Be prepared to see some old wrinkly balls and some serious sag. Sadly I’ve never seen an attractive naked female there but don’t let me stop you from trying for yourself.

If you hike south on the beach you will come to a weird mushroom type house that is owned by the university and parking lot. You can follow that road back up to get to your car or be like the guy of the dos equis guy, man up and go back the way your came down.

Maria G.

“The Ho Chi Minh trail is one of those trails I’ll never forget. Not for the faint at heart. It’s step and slippery but the view at the bottom is pretty sweet”

Martha C.San Diego ,Ca

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PLEASE CHANGE "HO CHI MINH TRAIL" FOR A NEW NAME !
I think that you know Ho Chi Minh is a communist Murder- and you don' t ever love communism- so why there is a "Ho Chi Minh Trail" presented in San Diego ?
From 1953 to 1956, almost one milion Vietnamese People were killed by Ho Chi Minh order in his Land Reform- and more than 3 millions Vietnamese People were killed by Ho Chi Minh order to invade South Vietnam in Vietnam War from 1960 to 1975 ! He was more terrible than Hitler ! He was a very big disaster for Vietnamese People ! So, We would like You to change "Ho Chi Minh Trail" for a new name PLEASE !
August 18, 2017, 4:17 am
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I don't want to hear a name of Ho Chi Minh, can someone remove it and have a new name. because Ho Chi Minh is represent of Communist, I don't like Communist since I came to USA
August 18, 2017, 1:33 am
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Please, replace this killer's name!
Please, replace this killer's name!
August 17, 2017, 7:50 pm
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Ho chi minh trail
Change that name
August 17, 2017, 3:17 pm
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wtf
let name some others area after lenin/mao/stalin/hitle/pol pot
August 16, 2017, 10:49 am
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I oppose to the Ho Chi Minh name
I love San Diego. California I love hiking. I don't know who names this trail. Why are we naming the trail with the name of a Communist Party Leader that was a ruthless dictator who deceives and kills many people. The name HCM Trail should be remove ASAP
August 15, 2017, 5:34 am
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Its a difficult trail
DO NOT GO HERE UNLESS YOU HAVE A LOT OF HIKING EXPERIENCE. There is one particular turn where there is no space to keep your foot, and a slip(likely) could mean death. Several of our group members struggled through the curve, and we are glad nobody got hurt. The difficulty is higher now than what is shown above, possibly because of degradation by hikers.
June 13, 2017, 5:33 pm
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We need to remove this trail from online SD hiking guides
First of all this is not hike. It's a sketchy path that gets you down to the beach. I use it as a way down to the beach to surf and takes about 10min. Over the last year, it has become listed on sites like this and hundreds of eager hikers show up everyday and stumble, slip and get stuck along the path. It is NOT a maintained trail and will degrade even faster with all the people crawling all over it. Eventually someone will get seriously hurt (several airlifts have occurred) and they will close the trail to the public. Please just go hiking through the Torrey Pines State Park.
March 20, 2017, 7:38 am
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@anonymous , your a douche! think your special, this is a state park
@anonymous , your a douche! think your special, this is a state park open to the public how bout you go hike somewhere else ans save it for the futrure
February 6, 2017, 1:20 am
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Please remove this trail to preserve it for the furture
I have personally witnessed many people fall and slide down this trail. Not to mention that there are large groups that have begun hiking through the sand stone cliffs and are degrading the trail making it more difficult and more dangerous to pass through. Over the past year the trail has become more washed out due to people walking though it and breaking down the sand stone. If we are to preserve this trail for future use, please remove this from your listing and share with others so that the trail isn't ruined for everyone.
January 2, 2017, 4:56 pm
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I oppose to the Ho Chi Minh name
I love San Diego. I love hiking. I don't know who names this trail. Why are we naming the trail with the name of a Communist Party Leader that was a ruthless dictator who deceives and kills many people.
October 15, 2016, 5:09 am
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Horrible Trail Name
Please consider changing this trail name. It is insensitive and offensive to the Vietnamese people who were forced to disperse and flee from their homes because of his communist regime. It's already bad enough that Saigon is now referred to as Ho Chi Minh City.
September 22, 2016, 5:23 am
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Stay off
To all the hikers, just pass on this hike! You guys don't seem to have the skills nor caution to keep yourselves safe. I've been going down this trail for years with out issue and I have witnessed about 6 airlifts, Which cost approximately $53,000. A Couple more uncoordinated people get lifted out they will close it down! So save yourself the money and broken ankles and stick with cowells
September 8, 2016, 7:22 pm
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Insensitive
Please remove this name and re-name it something else. To millions of Vietnamese expats throughout the world and all those currently living in Vietnam, this name resonates sorrow and pain. He was responsible for the death of millions from 1950-1975. HCM is to the Vietnamese people as Hitler is to the Jewish people. Would you name a hiking trail after Hitler?
July 7, 2016, 6:23 pm
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insult
This is an insult to millions of Americans and Vietnamese.
Where might I find the Hitler path?
May 22, 2016, 8:29 pm
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Please change the name for the Ho Chi Minh trail to something elase; maybe name after our hero soldiers.
Ho Chi Minh is a criminal person to millions of Vietnamese; whom live in America. Because of this guy, we lost our country to Communist in 1975. Now, our country is under the communist was destroy by the death of millions fish along the coast of Vietnam. Please help us to request to change the name to something else. Maybe, name this trail to any of our heroes; Mariane, or Navy Seal. Thank you
May 9, 2016, 11:50 am
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Sand, beach patrol and boobs
The trail isn't too bad, a bit narrow and cliff-side at some points, but then it changes. If you stay to the right and go up instead of where it drops down the ravine you can head over to the pedestrian way down to the beach, where lots of people park and head down. Even the stairs are dicey though, and tiring to walk back up.

Notice: Contrary to my previous beliefs and the experience of others, I saw a lot of younger (25-40) nude folks, including several attractive females. Just don't stare, weirdo. Also I put my camera away on that part of the beach. I'm sure there's social norms about that sort of thing.
July 1, 2015, 2:00 am
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David Hay

by David Hay

An Aussie transplant living in San Diego. I've chosen to live in this fair city for the past seven years because I truly believe it's one of the best in the world; there's no better city to enjoy sunshine and the outdoors.