From the beginning of the Ho Chi Minh Trail hike, you will be greeted with a beautiful ocean view and then you start to go downhill.
Once you're downhill you will need to cross a wooden plank to get to the other side of the trail. If you need to you can hold onto the tree branches next to this plank to ensure that you don't fall.
After, you are met with these beautiful sandstone walls.
There is a narrow man-made staircase that you will go down that is carved into these sandstone walls. You may need to free your hands so that you can hold onto the walls for stability.
Once you reach the end of the cliff you will notice a rope tied to a tree. You can use that rope to help yourself get down to the beach. If you don't choose to use the rope I guarantee you will need to when going back up.
When you turn around you can't even tell that there's a trail up there!
Once on the beach you have a few options. If you turn left and keep walking you will eventually come across a mushroom house on the beach. It is closed to the public, but you are welcome to take pictures of it, stand next to it, or awe in its weirdness.
You will need to park your car on the street (plenty of street parking). From the street, there is a trail in-between two homes with fences on each side. You'll know you've come across the right place because there is a sign.
This trail is very popular amongst local surfers. I would not recommend this hike for beginners only because the trail can be pretty sketchy. There are times where you're almost scaling the side of the sandstone walls, the plank is pretty narrow, and getting down to the beach can be a bit of a struggle(I fell) lol. It's a pretty short hike though only takes about 20 minutes each way.
This secluded beach is very large with plenty of opportunities! I've heard though that if you venture too far you'll come across the nude beach so be prepared if you're feeling adventurous! After such an adventurous hike rewarding yourself by jumping into the cool waters of San Diego is my best advice! It's a pretty secluded beach which is nice!
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(All pictures taken with GoPro Hero 3+ Black)