Hiker Falls Off Carlsbad Cliff

By R. Stickney
|  Monday, Nov 15, 2010  |  Updated 2:31 PM PDT
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Hiker Falls Off Carlsbad Cliff

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A man fell off a cliff at the Lake Calavera Nature Preserve, according to Carlsbad police.

The 21-year old man fell approximately 200 feet near the levy road around 9 a.m. Monday, police said.  Paramedics had stabilized the man near the base of the cliff until a helicopter could be used to take him to Scripps Hospital.

Paramedics described the hiker's condition as serious to grave, according to a police news release.

The Lake Calavera Preserve is located in the northeast section of Carlsbad along the Calavera Creek and is popular with mountain bikers and hikers.

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