Santee Boulders is San Diego's most popular bouldering area. All you need is a crash pad and your climbing shoes. This can be a very crowded place to boulder, especially on the weekends and at the more popular problems. There are some top-rope and trad routes here as well, so feel free to take the relevant gear.
What Makes It Great
The thin face climbing is superb and there are some stellar crack climbs as well. Santee Boulders is on private property, so be sure to respect the land and pack out what you pack in. Pulling down at at San Diego's best bouldering site is a great way to get in shape and push your climbing abilities. Here are some of the most popular climbs.
1) Flake V02) Finger Crack V03) The Black Spot Problem V24) Face V25) Jumpstart V36) Funky Like a Monkey V37) Powell Fave V48) Ron's Pharmacy V69) Undercling 5.9, Toprope10) Traverse-Right 5.10d
Who is Going to Love It
There's a nice mix of problems here for boulderers, with lots of V0 - V2 problems for newer and intermediate climbers. The trad routes are quality as well - this is a fine place to practice placing gear. Add in some top rope routes and you have the perfect area to develop your skills in a wonderful setting.
Across the street from West Hills Park in Santee off Mast Blvd near the 52 freeway. Park in the park parking lot and play frogger to cross the street to the bouldering area that is visible on the north side of the road. From Los Angeles and Orange Counties, drive south on the 5 until the exit for the highway 78 eastbound. Take the 78 east to the 15 and head south. Those coming from Riverside County will take the 15 directly. From the 15/78 interchange, drive 21 miles south to highway 52 and head east for 6 miles. Exit on Mast Blvd, taking a left at the light. One half-mile on the right hand side is West Hills Park.