One of the best things about San Diego is that there is no shortage of sights to see and trails to explore. Recently, a friend and I went to test our luck on the Ho Chi Minh Trail in La Jolla. It’s a pretty short trail (averaging under 2 miles roundtrip) that is popular with local surfers as it leads to a rocky beach.
Named in the 60’s by locals, the Ho Chi Minh trail is completely made up of sandstone which can crumble at any moment. The sandstone gets weaker and falls apart easily after a rainfall, so it’s advised not to attempt this trail if it’s rained a few days before your trip.
Many reviews consider this trail “easy”, which I would agree with but would advise anyone attempting it to wear shoes with a good grip and have a decent sense of balance aka don’t do this hungover. There are narrow sandstone walls perfect for an Instagram pic, a wooden beam to tiptoe across, and a rope to help you keep your footing once you reach the bottom. I saw a few little kids on the trail, as well as surfers navigating the tight spaces with their boards balancing on their head.
At the bottom, there are two directions you can go – one direction is where most surfers gather and the other is a nude beach. We didn’t see any naked booties but we did find some cool shells and rocks along the water.
Ho Chi Minh Trail is located at 9883 La Jolla Farms Rd, La Jolla, CA, 92037.