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For West Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam begin about 6 ft left (S) of the ridge and follow the brief description above, but to get more out of the hike feel free to visit the lake and/or Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam Soda Peak first and finish with West Soda Peak if coming from Soda Peaks TH. For these continue down the high ridge between summits about 5 mi without difficulty to a vague juncture with a rock cairn against a tree in the middle of the trail and stacked old logs across the trail. Turn left down the switchback with a couple more switchbacks 2 mi down 500 ft to Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam Peaks Lake. Check out views from the large scree field S of the lake and return the same way.
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For East Soda Peak (more than 5 mi away) from the vague juncture at the saddle on the high ridge (4300 ft) continue E past small trees on the overgrown ridge section as the path reveals itself quickly and opens up pleasantly with little vegetation.
There are many small logs, branches, and sticks to cross without any trouble as the path disappears. Bushwhack up the left side of the wide ridgeline or wherever possible as the route steepens somewhat past a small bump with many good-sized mossy cedars to the rounded large summit area. There you find fewer trees, not enough to see views out from, but just enough to create a cool echo effect with your voice; try it! Return SW down to the juncture on the high ridge (4300 ft) and continue to Trapper Creek TH or the much closer Soda Peaks TH.
ELEVATION: 4207 ft; 4268 ft for Sister Rocks; with 1600 ft vertical gain including both summits.
DISTANCE: 7 mi round-trip for all the high points and spur paths from the uppermost TH.
DURATION: 4 hours round-trip.
DIFFICULTY: Moderate. Signed, ups/downs okay, multiple summits, scrambling, narrow, steeper on Sister Rocks, bugs in late June through July.