Bluff collapse reported at Torrey Pines State Beach

On Saturday, Aug. 31, local California State Parks officials posted on Facebook this photo of the aftermath of a new bluff collapse at Torrey Pines State Beach, between Tower 1 and Flat Rock Beach.
(Courtesy of California State Parks)

A chunk of the bluff along Torrey Pines State Beach gave way and fell to the sand below, state parks officials said Saturday, Aug. 31. No one was injured.

The rock slide comes about four weeks after a bluff collapse a few miles north in Encinitas left three women dead.

About noon Saturday, local California State Parks officials posted on Facebook a photo of large rocks at the bottom of the bluff between Tower 1 and Flat Rock Beach. Near the rocks sit barricades designed to warn off curious beachgoers.

“Do not attempt to walk around by going over barricades,” reads the posting on the Facebook page of the state park’s San Diego Coast District. “Large rocks could still be falling and are potentially dangerous.”


The posting also asked people to always stay 25 to 40 feet from the bluffs “as they are unstable and dangerous.”

The soft sandstone cliffs along the coast are prone to collapse.

On Aug. 2, members of a family with long Encinitas ties were enjoying a Friday afternoon at the beach when large rocks broke from the cliff and fell onto them. Three women — a 35-year-old mother of two, her own mother and her aunt — were killed.

— Teri Figueroa is a reporter for The San Diego Union-Tribune

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