Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This


Hiker Killed After Being Crushed By Falling Boulder

Photo by pterwort/Shutterstock
LAist relies on your reader support, not paywalls.
Freely accessible local news is vital. Please power our reporters and help keep us independent with a donation today.

A holiday hike on Monday turned deadly for one man in a group of five who were trekking in the Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve near Temecula.Once 23-year-old Nicholas Lovato of Menifee and his four companions crossed over into the off-limits area, Lovato was seated on a rock outcropping that suddenly gave way, according to ABC7.

Lovato tumbled an estimated 30 feet into the canyon below, and then was struck by a falling boulder.

The young man was killed instantly.