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Ho Chi Minh Hiking Trail to Black's Beach

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Ho Chi Minh Hiking Trail to Black's Beach

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  • View from the Ho Chi Minh Trailhead.- Ho Chi Minh Hiking Trail to Black's Beach
  • Crossing over a dry creek.- Ho Chi Minh Hiking Trail to Black's Beach
  • Pampas grass along the Ho Chi Minh Hiking Trail.- Ho Chi Minh Hiking Trail to Black's Beach
  • The trail going down to the ocean.- Ho Chi Minh Hiking Trail to Black's Beach
  • The trail is a bit unstable in places.- Ho Chi Minh Hiking Trail to Black's Beach
  • The slot canyon on the Ho Chi Minh Trail.- Ho Chi Minh Hiking Trail to Black's Beach
  • The slot canyon has footholds carved into it.- Ho Chi Minh Hiking Trail to Black's Beach
  • Another view of the trail.- Ho Chi Minh Hiking Trail to Black's Beach
  • The trail is eroding here.- Ho Chi Minh Hiking Trail to Black's Beach
  • Little stream next to the trail.- Ho Chi Minh Hiking Trail to Black's Beach
  • Getting closer to the beach.- Ho Chi Minh Hiking Trail to Black's Beach
  • View of the beach below.- Ho Chi Minh Hiking Trail to Black's Beach
  • A rope helps hikers access the beach.- Ho Chi Minh Hiking Trail to Black's Beach
  • The beach at the end of Ho Chi Minh Trail.- Ho Chi Minh Hiking Trail to Black's Beach
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Pros: 
Beautiful views. Trail ends at the beach.
Cons: 
Fairly strenuous. Trail is eroded in places.
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Region:
San Diego Metro Area, CA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
250.00 ft (76.20 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.00 mi (1.61 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
250.00 ft (76.20 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Ho Chi Minh Trail is a relatively strenuous and rewarding half-mile hike in northern San Diego County. In the 1960s, the surfers who frequented this trail named it after the trail in Vietnam. This hike takes you through sandstone cliffs and along a small creek before it ends at a secluded beach. The trail itself is narrow and crumbling, and it is somewhat of an obstacle course. Toward the beginning of the trail there is a wooden plank that allows you to walk across a small ravine. The trail leads through a narrow slot canyon about halfway down, and footholds have been carved into the sandstone to help with the grade. Shortly afterward you'll find a rope to hold on to as you climb down a rocky slope. The trail ends at a quiet, sandy beach known as Black's Beach. It's a great place to relax and go bird watching at the ocean.

This area has a unique geological makeup comprised of alluvial cliffs and sandy beaches. The sandstone cliffs that follow the coastline are unstable and constantly changing due to wind and water erosion. Because of the precarious nature of sandstone, it's best not to do this hike after a storm.

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