Santee Boulders is a rock climbing area east of San Diego in the town of Santee, known for thin slab face climbing. The convenience of the boulders makes them one of the most popular climbing areas in San Diego.
The rock field is comprised of around 30 granite boulders, ranging as high as 40 feet and offering more than 200 named problems. The climbing is mostly crimpy faces and slabs that will test a climber's finger strength and footwork. A few boulders offer mantel and crack problems as well. While the larger boulders offer a few top-rope routes, the Santee Boulders rock climbing is mostly bouldering. The landings are mostly flat, with ample room for crash pads.
The boulders are on private property, but Access Fund has negotiated access for climbers. The area is conveniently located just off Mast Boulevard in the town of Santee, across from West Hills Park, which offers parking.
Santee Boulders gets really hot in the summer months, when climbing will be limited to early morning or evening for all but the most hardy.
Allied Climbers of San Diego occasionally arranges graffiti cleaning days to remove paint from the boulders.
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From San Diego, take highway 52 east to Mast Boulevard and head east off the exit. In about half a mile park at West Hills Park on the right. Cross Mast Boulevard on foot to get to the crag.
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Management: Cleveland National Forest
Info Phone: 858-673-6180