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Torrey Pines trails closed after storm damage

Posted at 10:16 PM, Feb 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-17 01:16:43-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Three trails at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve were closed off Saturday, warning hikers of dangerous conditions caused by the recent rain storms.

Caution tape intertwined with barricades left hikers disappointed when they realized they hiked all the way up the steep roadside trail to get to the best part of the trail with unparalleled views.

"Well I think that's good that they're closing them and that they are taking care of our safety," San Diegan Brian Malk said.

The closure comes one day after a Del Mar bluff collapsed, weakened by the rain storms that flooded much of San Diego.

"I think they should have us sign a waiver and should let us go for it," Hiker Jaon Galt said. Some hikers did go for it, 10News saw two women escorted off the trail by a state parks employee. The ladies were up on Razor Point, a particularly dangerous section of the trail, according to a State Parks employee, who says it's at risk of crumbling after the rain dredge a deep crack through the sandstone.

Another hiker who crossed the caution tape sent 10News pictures of the trail, showing ruts carved by the storm. She felt the trails weren't as dangerous as the signs indicated.

Depending if the area gets more rain over the weekend, maintenance crews could take a week to repack sand along the trails, making them safe enough to reopen.