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.