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TRUCKEE — Authorities say a hiker died after falling down a 100-foot cliff in the Sierra Nevada.

The hiker has been identified as 36-year-old Rene Dewarrat of Truckee.

Dewarrat was hiking in the area of Big Chief on a trail for advanced hikers with two friends.

Sheriff’s investigators say the trio set out later in the evening Wednesday, when temperatures are cold and the paths have ice and snow.

Search and rescue teams skied out to the 9,000-foot mountain just west of Olympic Village after receiving reports of three stranded hikers.

Dewarrat had fallen approximately 100 feet down a precipice by the time help arrived.

The two other hikers were rescued and not known to be injured.