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Teen Hiker Dies from Fall at Torrey Pines Cliffs

An 18-year-old SDSU student named Sandy Khoo died this weekend while hiking in Torrey Pines. She was hiking alone along the trail that meanders near a cliff. She appears to have fallen about 50 feet and ended up below the Torrey Pines Glider Port. She was found by beach-goers who saw her blue jeans up on the cliff just after noon on Sunday. She may have been hiking at night, since she was found with a flashlight that was turned on.

Torrey Pines can be a dangerous place, as we've seen several fatalities there over the years. The cliffs can be unstable and the sandy, gravelly trail can be very slippery. Don't let its beauty lull you into thinking it is a walk through the park.

My condolences go out to her friends and family.

Be careful out there on the trails, people.

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