The Los Angeles County coroner's office says the death of a veteran hiker on Southern California's towering Mount Baldy was due to a fall.
Coroner's Lt. David Smith tells the Los Angeles Times that 78-year-old Seuk Doo Kim suffered blunt trauma in a fall down a trail.
Kim was well known for having made more than 700 ascents of the 10,064-foot (3,068-meter) mountain, the highest point in Los Angeles County.
He was reported missing on April 9 and a helicopter crew spotted his body two days later on the northwest side of the peak at an elevation of 8,800 feet (2682.24 meters).
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Kim moved from South Korea to Southern California in 1981 and often climbed the mountain daily.
He once called Mount Baldy "better than church."