A Crag Guide gives an extensive view of all sub areas and climbs at a point in the index. It shows a snapshot of the index heirachy, up to 300 climbs (or areas) on a single web page. It shows selected comments climbers have made on a recently submitted ascent.

At a minor crag level this should be suitable for printing and taking with you on a climbing trip as an adjunct to your guidebook.

This guide was generated anonymously. Login to show your logged ascents against each route.

Warning

Rock climbing is extremely dangerous and can result in serious injury or death. Users acting on any information directly or indirectly available from this site do so at their own risk.

This guide is compiled from a community of users and is presented without verification that the information is accurate or complete. By using this guide you acknowledge that the material described in this document is extremely dangerous, and that the content may be misleading or wrong. In particular there may be misdescriptions of routes, incorrectly drawn topo lines, incorrect difficulty ratings or incorrect or missing protection ratings.

You should not depend on any information gleaned from this guide for your personal safety.

You must keep this warning with the guide.

For more information refer to our Usage policy

Contributors

Thanks to the following people who have contributed to this crag guide:

anon

The size of a person's name reflects their Crag Karma, which is their level of contribution. You can help contribute to your local crag by adding descriptions, photos, topos and more.

Table of contents

1. Santee Boulder Field 108 routes in Crag

Summary:
JFMAMJJASOND
seasonality
Mostly Boulder

Long/Lat: -117.021770, 32.850360

Unique Features And Strengths:

Bring your impeccable footwork - you'll need it on the slabs, thin faces, and occasional mantel and crack problem that cover these granitic boulders.

Description:

Two hillsides with scattered granite boulders up to 40' tall hold 200+ boulder problems from easy to hard.

Generally the problems tend towards slabby and thin. Many of the boulders have flat landings, and easy walk-offs, so it is very reasonable to boulder solo, even without a pad. Also, since the boulders are obvious and easy to find, it is comfortable to just wander around looking for bits to climb, without bothering to have or bring any sort of guide.

In fact, most of the "problems" don't have names, just descriptions. "Center of the slab" or "crack on the right". Grades also tend to vary, but have always traditionally used the YDS system, rather than the V-grades more common for boulders. And, given how long this area has been climbed, most any start, variation, or possibility you spot will probably have been tried by someone already. This does make any listing of problems a bit odd, since most anywhere you can vary the start, the middle, the finish, or the sequence to make things harder or easier.

Access Issues:

Land is privately owned by large developers, but no signs are in place restricting access. Tagging and littering are common issues and groups including Allied Climbers of San Diego regularly hold clean-ups.

Approach:

Park at West Hills Park across Mast Blvd. and CAREFULLY cross the street to the boulders. The boulder field will be completely obvious from the parking lot, and from the street.

Where To Stay:

This is an urban crag and unlikely to be someone's destination unless they're local.

Ethic:

Be sure to wipe dirt from your shoes before climbing to reduce the polishing of footholds. Chipping is unacceptable.

History:

The Santee Boulders have long been a training ground for local climbers. Climbing interest in the Santee Boulders grew in the '70s and '80s with few problems remaining unclimbed after those decades.

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 ** Hounds Tooth Boulder - Holy Molar

FA: Mike Bumpus

5.9Boulder MIKE BUMPUS 10 years ago

First move is the crux, after that crimper slab to top.

1.1. Painted Boulder 4 routes in Boulder

Summary:
All Boulder

Long/Lat: -117.020348, 32.850156

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Painted Crack

Climb the obvious crack.

5.8Boulder
2 Painted Face

Face about 6' right of the crack.

5.10Boulder
3 Western Face

Around the corner left of the crack

5.10aBoulder
4 Thin Face

Thin face left of the crack.

5.10+Boulder

1.2. Light Bulb 2 routes in Boulder

Summary:
All Boulder

Long/Lat: -117.020535, 32.850082

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Face

Climb the "front" face.

5.10cBoulder
2 Light Bulb Seam

Climb a seam up the "back" (uphill) side of the boulder.

5.9Boulder

1.3. Off-width Rock 5 routes in Boulder

Summary:
All Boulder

Long/Lat: -117.020780, 32.850236

Description:

A largish boulder near the entrance, which has a vertical off-width crack intersected at about mid-height by a crack on the right.

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Offwidth

The obvious off-width up the front of the boulder.

5.10aBoulder
2 Thin Face

Thin face right of off-width.

5.10dBoulder
3 Broken Face

Broken face farther around to the right.

5.9Boulder
4 Face

Face to the left of the off-width.

5.11cBoulder
5 Undercling

Start to the right in the deep horizontal crack. Move right to left, until you reach the vertical dihedral above, and up that.

(Might be same problem as Broken Face above.)

5.9Boulder

1.4. The Bread Loaf 3 routes in Boulder

Summary:
All Boulder

Long/Lat: -117.020176, 32.850203

Description:

Small flat on top boulder off to the right of the Painted Boulder, with a thin vertical seam in the front.

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Left Face 5.10aBoulder
2 Seam 5.11aBoulder
3 Right Face 5.10aBoulder

1.5. Donkey Dick 7 routes in Boulder

Summary:
All Boulder

Long/Lat: -117.020468, 32.849878

Description:

Free standing pillar shaped boulder down-hill and east from the Light Bulb.

Most of the faces, and arêtes, of this are climbable. Generally the "face" versions don't allow use of either of the bordering arêtes.

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 West Face

Center of west face, don't use either arêtes.

5.10-Boulder
2 West Face & Left Arete

West face using arête. Easiest way down.

5.8Boulder
3 South Face 5.11aBoulder
4 South Face - right arete 5.10+Boulder
5 East Face - Left Arete

At 3/4s pulls back onto south side.

5.11aBoulder
6 West Face - Right Arete 5.11aBoulder
7 Traverse

Start low on the west face, and spiral leftwards around the boulder finishing at the top-center of the west face.

5.11bBoulder

1.6. E.B. Boulder 1 route in Boulder

Summary:
All Boulder

Long/Lat: -117.020511, 32.850414

Description:

This is a wide, not very tall boulder under a Eucalyptus tree.

The front face can be climb most anywhere from the left side to the right, ranging in difficulty from about 5.6 at the far left slope to about 5.10 on the micro-ledges to the far right.

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Traverse

Traverse the boulder -- either direction.

5.9Boulder

1.7. Amphitheater 10 routes in Boulder

Summary:
All Boulder

Long/Lat: -117.021105, 32.850644

Description:

This boulder is just down hill from Moby Dick, and has lots of problems, more than detailed here, on it. Most every face, arête, eliminate or other variant has been climbed.

It is named for the scooping "bowl"-shape south face.

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Jump Start

Climb the blunt arête at the south-west (left face of the bowl on the south face) corner of the boulder.

5.11aBoulder
2 Amphitheater 1B 5.8Boulder
3 * Amphitheater 1C 5.8Boulder David Gibbs 12 months ago

Got a bit spooky at the top.

4 * Amphitheater 1D 5.10Boulder MIKE BUMPUS 10 years ago

Good little problem, thin grimps and smearing. The Amp is a great place to work on near vert sla...

5 ** Amphitheater 1E 5.10Boulder
6 ** Amphitheater 1F 5.10Boulder
7 ** Amphitheater 1G 5.10+Boulder
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
8 One Cut Above

Work up the steep arête on the east side of the boulder. This is the right side of the south-east arête.

5.12aBoulder
9 The Down Climb

Easiest way off the boulder, on the east face of the boulder.

A couple thin moves to the biggest most obvious holds on the east face of the boulder.

Crux is first couple moves -- so actually easier than 5.7 down climbing if you jump down from a couple feet up.

5.7Boulder
10 Walkman

Left side of the north face.

5.10Boulder

1.8. Syncrhonicity 1 route in Boulder

Summary:
All Boulder

Long/Lat: -117.021729, 32.851033

Description:

A large boulder near the top center of the valley.

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Synchronicity

Climb the thin seam up the boulder. Bolts are available at top of face, so often top-roped.

5.12cBoulder 25ft

1.9. Moby Dick 5 routes in Boulder

Summary:
All Boulder

Long/Lat: -117.020950, 32.850728

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 East Buttress

Climb the slabby east buttress. One bolt available.

Easiest way off.

5.8Boulder 30ft
2 North Face - left

Climb the north face on the left side -- up the water streak.

5.11bBoulder 25ft
3 North Face - right

Boulder, or TR, the right side of the north face.

5.12cBoulder 25ft
4 Fredrick's Flight

Boulder (or top-rope) the flake.

5.11aBoulder 25ft
5 South Face -right

Boulder (or top-rope) the face just to the left of the buttress, several variations.

5.10aBoulder

1.10. Bullethole Wall & American Express 10 routes in Boulder

Summary:
All Boulder

Long/Lat: -117.021062, 32.850789

Description:

This is, basically, the north shoulder of Moby Dick.

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Friction Face

Around the corner to the left - friction up the face. Several variants possible.

5.10aBoulder
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
2 Bullet Hole Face - left

Thin face, left side, using the "bullet hole" pocket in the wall.

5.10dBoulder
3 Bullet Hole Face - right

Super-thin face, right side.

5.11dBoulder
4 Mantel

Jump to sloping top of rock and mantel.

5.10aBoulder
5 Seam to Flake

Climb the left-curving seam until it becomes a flake.

5.10cBoulder
6 Nice Finger Crack

Climb the vertical finger crack. Good spotter needed, the block in the bottom of the crack can be an ankle breaker.

5.8Boulder
7 Friction Seam

Climb the thin seam right of the finger crack.

5.11bBoulder
8 High Face with Bolts

On the next block to the left -- sometimes called the American Express Boulder, this is the high left face, which has TR bolts on top.

5.10cBoulder
9 Right Face 5.10aBoulder
10 American Express

Right most face, west-facing on the boulder.

5.9Boulder

1.11. East Mudball 4 routes in Boulder

Summary:
All Boulder

Long/Lat: -117.020689, 32.851251

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 East Mudball(Crack) 5.7Boulder
2 * East Mudball(Face) 5.10-Boulder
3 ** East Mudball(Face Dyno) 5.10-Boulder
4 ** East Mudball( Lieback/Undercling) 5.11-Boulder

1.12. West Mudball 4 routes in Boulder

Summary:
All Boulder

Long/Lat: -117.020882, 32.851293

Description:

A smallish boulder a bit past (north of/uphill from) "Moby Dick". It is set into the hill-side providing an easy descent down the back side, and has three obvious cracks up the front.

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 * Wide Crack / Left Crack

The left-most obvious crack, and the widest of the cracks.

5.6Boulder
2 Face

The face between the 2 wide cracks.

5.10+Boulder
3 Wide Crack2/Middle Crack

The middle crack up the boulder.

5.6Boulder David Gibbs 12 months ago

Fun crack, got a bit trickier than I expected higher up, though.

4 * Right Crack

The right-most crack on the boulder.

5.4Boulder David Gibbs 12 months ago

Easy fun.

1.13. Bee Hive Boulders 20 routes in Boulder

Summary:
Mostly Boulder

Long/Lat: -117.020744, 32.850955

Description:

A cluster of three or so boulders just uphill and behind "Moby Dick".

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Friction Face

Easy friction face around the left side of the boulder.

5.4Boulder
2 Bear Hug

Rounded arête to the left.

5.11cBoulder
3 ** Masochist Crack

Hand Crack to the left.

5.10Boulder
4 Traverse Face

Traverse the face

5.11bBoulder
5 Steep Face .

Steep Face with Bad Feet

5.10aBoulder
6 Juggy Face

This may be the same problem as previous (Steep face).

5.8Boulder
7 Crack

Lieback

5.8Boulder
8 * Seam/Corner

The very thin crack/seam in a bit of a corner.

5.10Boulder
9 Face .

Face right of the thin crack -- either right or left side of face.

5.10cBoulder
10 Wide Crack

The awkward wide crack between one boulder and the next.

5.8Boulder David Gibbs 12 months ago

Off-width grubbing while bouldering. w00t!

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
11 the Terrible Face

TR the face on the large boulder in the center of the set. (One bolt on top.) (Or, high-ball, of course.)

5.11dTop rope
12 Beginner Slabs

Gentle to steeper slabs up the right side of the Terrible Face boulder. Lots of variations possible in the 5.4 to 5.7 range.

5.4 to 5.7Boulder
13 Terrible Face(the whole damn rock) 5.6Boulder

The following problems are on the right-most of the boulders in this cluster.

14 Short Face

The short face around the left side of the right most boulder of the set.

5.10aBoulder
15 Steep Face

Steep face on the left side, facing toward the other boulders in the set.

5.10cBoulder
16 Flakes

A set of flakes going up the left side of the front of the boulder.

Be careful of the ankle-breaking blade of rock in the ground at the base of this problem.

5.9Boulder
17 Face

The main face of the boulder, a bit to the right of the flakes.

5.10cBoulder
18 Face on right

Farther right along the main face.

5.10dBoulder
19 Short face on far right

The shorter face as the boulder drops off in height.

5.10aBoulder
20 Easy Slabs

Climb up the gentle slabs on the right end of the boulder.

5.4Boulder

1.14. Dog Pile 12 routes in Boulder

Summary:
Mostly Boulder

Long/Lat: -117.023119, 32.850481

Description:

This is a large boulder/cluster high on the hill-side to the west. After Moby Dick, this is the largest/highest boulder in the field.

The cluster has an obvious "front" face, the steep face that the bolted route "Kung Pao" ascends.

Approach:

Generally trend up and leftwards from the entrance.

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents

The first few climbs are on a face to the left of the main one.

1 Hand Crack

Fairly far to the left of the left boulder in the cluster, there is an obvious crack splitting the boulder.

5.8Boulder
2 Shockley's Lunge

Friction up to brown plate-like patina, then a couple lunges to finish.

5.11dBoulder
3 Epperson's Lunge

Right of the plates.

5.12aBoulder
4 Traverse

On the left boulder, start on the south face, near the rounded arête. Step up left onto the sloping ledge feature and traverse up and leftwards, finished at the end of the Hand Crack.

5.10dBoulder

The next set of climbs are on the high, but not particularly steep, face perpendicular to the "main" face. There is a bolt at the top of this face for those who don't wish to high-ball them.

5 Left-Side Face

Climb up the left side of the face that is at right-angles to the main face of the boulder.

5.9Boulder
6 Center-Face

Climb up the center of the face.

5.9Boulder
7 Right-Side Face

Climb up the right side of the face.

5.8Boulder
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents

The next problems are on the high, steep, main face of the boulder.

8 Dog-Pile Main Face

TR up the face left of Kung Pao.

5.12aTop rope
9 Kung Pao

Center of the main face of the boulder, follow bolt line to anchors.

5.12dSport
10 Short Face

Short face to the right of the main one.

5.7Boulder

The remaining problems are around the side or back of the pile.

11 Zig-zag crack

On the east side of the boulder is a crack that angles up rightwards, then double-s back to the left. Crux is at the direction-change.

5.7Boulder
12 Seam

On the back side of the pile is a thin seam rising diagonally up and right. Friction up with seam for hands.

5.5Boulder

1.15. Carousel 9 routes in Boulder

Summary:
All Boulder

Long/Lat: -117.022469, 32.851199

Description:

A 12-foot or so high rectangular boulder, with one long face towards Dog Pile (back face).

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Down-Climb

On the right-side of the right-end, where the boulder is least steep and has a few holds.

5.5Boulder
2 Right-face 5.8Boulder
3 Traverse

Traverse the entire boulder right-to-left.

5.10dBoulder
4 Front face - center 5.10cBoulder
5 Front face - left 5.10aBoulder
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
6 Left End

SDS from undercling.

5.10cBoulder
7 Left-back arete 5.9Boulder
8 Back side

Climb the holds on the back side.

5.8Boulder
9 * Carousel Boulder-C 5.10+Boulder MIKE BUMPUS 9 years ago

Rated a 10+ by the guide, seems a little more like an 8 or 9.

1.16. Big Nothing 2 routes in Boulder

Summary:
All Boulder
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 20' Face

20' face at west end of boulder

5.11dBoulder 20ft
2 Mantel

A mantel problem near the east end of the boulder.

5.10aBoulder

1.17. Butt Plug 4 routes in Boulder

Summary:
All Boulder
Description:

A small boulder that is more tall than wide south-west of Dog Pile

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 West Face

Climbing the easy knobs and jugs up the less-than-vertical west face. Easiest way up, and, also, the down-climb.

5.6Boulder
2 North Face

Climb the knobs or lay-back the flake up the north face.

5.8Boulder
3 East Face 5.10dBoulder
4 South Face 5.10aBoulder

1.18. Snow Cone 4 routes in Boulder

Summary:
All Boulder
Description:

Another smallish boulder about 10 feet west of Butt Plug

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Far-left face 5.7Boulder
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
2 Left Face 5.8Boulder
3 Center Face 5.10dBoulder
4 Traverse

Right-to-left traverse of the

5.10aBoulder

2. Index by grade

Grade Stars Name Style Area
5.4 * Right Crack Boulder 1.12. West Mudball
Easy Slabs Boulder 1.13. Bee Hive Boulders
Friction Face Boulder 1.13. Bee Hive Boulders
5.5 Seam Boulder 1.14. Dog Pile
Down-Climb Boulder 1.15. Carousel
5.6 * Wide Crack / Left Crack Boulder 1.12. West Mudball
Wide Crack2/Middle Crack Boulder 1.12. West Mudball
Terrible Face(the whole damn rock) Boulder 1.13. Bee Hive Boulders
West Face Boulder 1.17. Butt Plug
5.4 to 5.7 Beginner Slabs Boulder 1.13. Bee Hive Boulders
5.7 The Down Climb Boulder 1.7. Amphitheater
East Mudball(Crack) Boulder 1.11. East Mudball
Short Face Boulder 1.14. Dog Pile
Zig-zag crack Boulder 1.14. Dog Pile
Far-left face Boulder 1.18. Snow Cone
5.8 Painted Crack Boulder 1.1. Painted Boulder
West Face & Left Arete Boulder 1.5. Donkey Dick
Amphitheater 1B Boulder 1.7. Amphitheater
* Amphitheater 1C Boulder 1.7. Amphitheater
East Buttress Boulder 30ft 1.9. Moby Dick
Nice Finger Crack Boulder 1.10. Bullethole Wall & American Express
Crack Boulder 1.13. Bee Hive Boulders
Juggy Face Boulder 1.13. Bee Hive Boulders
Wide Crack Boulder 1.13. Bee Hive Boulders
Hand Crack Boulder 1.14. Dog Pile
Right-Side Face Boulder 1.14. Dog Pile
Back side Boulder 1.15. Carousel
Right-face Boulder 1.15. Carousel
North Face Boulder 1.17. Butt Plug
Left Face Boulder 1.18. Snow Cone
5.9 ** Hounds Tooth Boulder - Holy Molar Boulder 1. Santee Boulder Field
Light Bulb Seam Boulder 1.2. Light Bulb
Broken Face Boulder 1.3. Off-width Rock
Undercling Boulder 1.3. Off-width Rock
Traverse Boulder 1.6. E.B. Boulder
American Express Boulder 1.10. Bullethole Wall & American Express
Flakes Boulder 1.13. Bee Hive Boulders
Center-Face Boulder 1.14. Dog Pile
Left-Side Face Boulder 1.14. Dog Pile
Left-back arete Boulder 1.15. Carousel
5.10- West Face Boulder 1.5. Donkey Dick
** East Mudball(Face Dyno) Boulder 1.11. East Mudball
* East Mudball(Face) Boulder 1.11. East Mudball
5.10a Western Face Boulder 1.1. Painted Boulder
Offwidth Boulder 1.3. Off-width Rock
Left Face Boulder 1.4. The Bread Loaf
Right Face Boulder 1.4. The Bread Loaf
South Face -right Boulder 1.9. Moby Dick
Friction Face Boulder 1.10. Bullethole Wall & American Express
Mantel Boulder 1.10. Bullethole Wall & American Express
Right Face Boulder 1.10. Bullethole Wall & American Express
Short Face Boulder 1.13. Bee Hive Boulders
Short face on far right Boulder 1.13. Bee Hive Boulders
Steep Face . Boulder 1.13. Bee Hive Boulders
Front face - left Boulder 1.15. Carousel
Mantel Boulder 1.16. Big Nothing
South Face Boulder 1.17. Butt Plug
Traverse Boulder 1.18. Snow Cone
5.10c Face Boulder 1.2. Light Bulb
High Face with Bolts Boulder 1.10. Bullethole Wall & American Express
Seam to Flake Boulder 1.10. Bullethole Wall & American Express
Face Boulder 1.13. Bee Hive Boulders
Face . Boulder 1.13. Bee Hive Boulders
Steep Face Boulder 1.13. Bee Hive Boulders
Front face - center Boulder 1.15. Carousel
Left End Boulder 1.15. Carousel
5.10 Painted Face Boulder 1.1. Painted Boulder
* Amphitheater 1D Boulder 1.7. Amphitheater
** Amphitheater 1E Boulder 1.7. Amphitheater
** Amphitheater 1F Boulder 1.7. Amphitheater
Walkman Boulder 1.7. Amphitheater
** Masochist Crack Boulder 1.13. Bee Hive Boulders
* Seam/Corner Boulder 1.13. Bee Hive Boulders
5.10d Thin Face Boulder 1.3. Off-width Rock
Bullet Hole Face - left Boulder 1.10. Bullethole Wall & American Express
Face on right Boulder 1.13. Bee Hive Boulders
Traverse Boulder 1.14. Dog Pile
Traverse Boulder 1.15. Carousel
East Face Boulder 1.17. Butt Plug
Center Face Boulder 1.18. Snow Cone
5.10+ Thin Face Boulder 1.1. Painted Boulder
South Face - right arete Boulder 1.5. Donkey Dick
** Amphitheater 1G Boulder 1.7. Amphitheater
Face Boulder 1.12. West Mudball
* Carousel Boulder-C Boulder 1.15. Carousel
5.11- ** East Mudball( Lieback/Undercling) Boulder 1.11. East Mudball
5.11a Seam Boulder 1.4. The Bread Loaf
East Face - Left Arete Boulder 1.5. Donkey Dick
South Face Boulder 1.5. Donkey Dick
West Face - Right Arete Boulder 1.5. Donkey Dick
Jump Start Boulder 1.7. Amphitheater
Fredrick's Flight Boulder 25ft 1.9. Moby Dick
5.11b Traverse Boulder 1.5. Donkey Dick
North Face - left Boulder 25ft 1.9. Moby Dick
Friction Seam Boulder 1.10. Bullethole Wall & American Express
Traverse Face Boulder 1.13. Bee Hive Boulders
5.11c Face Boulder 1.3. Off-width Rock
Bear Hug Boulder 1.13. Bee Hive Boulders
5.11d Bullet Hole Face - right Boulder 1.10. Bullethole Wall & American Express
the Terrible Face Top rope 1.13. Bee Hive Boulders
Shockley's Lunge Boulder 1.14. Dog Pile
20' Face Boulder 20ft 1.16. Big Nothing
5.12a One Cut Above Boulder 1.7. Amphitheater
Dog-Pile Main Face Top rope 1.14. Dog Pile
Epperson's Lunge Boulder 1.14. Dog Pile
5.12c Synchronicity Boulder 25ft 1.8. Syncrhonicity
North Face - right Boulder 25ft 1.9. Moby Dick
5.12d Kung Pao Sport 1.14. Dog Pile