Tom’s Experience on the Hoi Chi Minh Trail:
The Hoi Chi Minh Trail got its name from UCSD students and local surfers who named it after the Hoi Chi Minh Trail of Vietnam War infamy.
This is a short, but steep, trail down to Black Beach through interesting rock formations.
There are some sand steps that are carved out of the sandstone to help people down through some narrow rock formations.
Surfers use this trail a lot in order to get down to the beach. We were impressed that the surfers could haul their boards through some of the narrow spots.
Black Beach is an interesting beach with very steep cliffs right next to the ocean.
This trail didn’t take too long to get to the beach but it was steep and the sand made it slick. The sandstone formations were incredible and we really enjoyed this, but be careful and watch your step. Dogs are allowed on Black Beach after 6pm.
Trail Info: Find parking on Salk Institute Road and follow the road to the end. This road dead ends at some sort of treatment facility. The Hoi Chi Minh Trail starts here and leads down to the ocean.
Trailhead = 32.886104,-117.247124
Black Beach = 32.883718,-117.252389
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