Santee Boulders – San Diego, California

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Santee Boulders – San Diego, California

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picture of undercling overlooking san diego

Picture from one of the boulders, overlooking a suburb of San Diego.

Santee Boulders is probably the closest real climbing destination from downtown San Diego. It takes just 20 minutes to get there from the city, and it’s filled with moderate to good quality granite climbs. That’s the “good”. There are a couple “bad” that will keep me from ever returning to this destination… There is broken glass on the trail and around many of the boulders. I trust that this wasn’t the climbing community that trashed this park, but rather some underage partiers who needed a place to drink. Regardless, I had to be cautious to not step on any while barefoot. Also, there is graffiti spray painted on many of the boulders. Again, probably not the climbing community here that did this. It really subtracts from the beauty of it though.

One peculiar thing, and I’m not sure whether this is a good or bad thing to be honest, was that they don’t use the Hueco bouldering grade system for their problems. All of the routes had YDS grades, and they felt quite stiff. I wasn’t really sure what I was climbing… Not getting wrapped up in the numbers felt quite relaxing.

Just another beautiful day, enjoy:

PS: I’m going a little out of order here. I’ll catch up with Vegas, Joshua Tree, and the San Diego Zoo soon



April 18, 2015 at 9:19 am

Glad you could do some climbing in the San Diego area and that you were able to get videos. It’s a shame that people have to leave glass and graffiti behind whether they were climbers or not.


    April 18, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    It’s very irritating to me when there is broken glass on a trail.
    It reminds me of a couple years ago when I was more into barefoot running. I had to run every trail in shoes before making a judgement of whether or not I could do it barefoot.
    People who break bottles in nature areas are the scum of the earth.

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