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Melrose Boulders

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East Crack Boulder 
El Corrádor, AKA The Corridor / Hill Top Area.  
El Gordo Flaco, AKA Big Brother, AKA The Fertility Stone. / Hill Top Area.  
Hill Top area 
Jim Thoen Boulder 
OPD boulder 
Scorpion King Boulder 
South Side Boulder.  
Swedish House Mafia Boulders / Hill Top Area.  
Trade Tech Boulder 
VHB rock, aka RISK rock 

Melrose Boulders 

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Small outcropping in the Oceanside/ Vista area of San Diego County. Developed decades ago by Jim Thoen

Getting There 

From west bound highway 78 exit at Vista Village Drive. Take a right and at the second stop light take a left on West Vista Way (Noth County Ford dealership on the left). Take this for a city block to Melrose Avenue and take a right. Stay on Melrose for a couple of miles until you hit Bobier St. (oppostie of an AM/PM minimart. Hang a right and take a quick left into the Vista Sports Park facility. Boulders are visible to the left. Please observe park hours.

64 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',20],['2 Stars',30],['1 Star',14],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Melrose Boulders:
Alter Ego aka Kiss the Sky   V2-3 5+     Boulder, 10'   VHB rock, aka RISK rock
Shoot to Kill   V4 6B     Boulder, 10'   Hill Top area
Helicopters Overhead   V4 6B     Boulder, 12'   OPD boulder
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Setting up to make the huge move to the top out finger crack.

Tech Nine Arête. V5 6C PG13  CA : San Diego County : ... : East Crack Boulder
Extremely technical, core wrenching and somewhat contrived. Still very sporty and worth while. Sit start low, heal hook right and work a few compression moves before it is possible to fall to left side of Arête. Pinching arête, with high feet throw for the horizontal finger crack. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Photos of Melrose Boulders Slideshow Add Photo
Rough sketch topo of Melrose Hill Top Cirque!
BETA PHOTO: Rough sketch topo of Melrose Hill Top Cirque!
Parking at Vista Sports Park
Parking at Vista Sports Park
Hilltop cirque as seen from Melrose ave.
BETA PHOTO: Hilltop cirque as seen from Melrose ave.
Many of the climbes are constantly changing... :)
BETA PHOTO: Many of the climbes are constantly changing... :)
Mini high line at Melrose.
Mini high line at Melrose.
Typical Melrose high ball!!! :)
BETA PHOTO: Typical Melrose high ball!!! :)
Melrose lower Cirque rough topo.  <br />Hope it helps!
BETA PHOTO: Melrose lower Cirque rough topo.
Hope it helps!
Three Brothers.
Three Brothers.
Typical Melrose Masterpiece.
BETA PHOTO: Typical Melrose Masterpiece.
Hill Top Cirque as seen from lower boulders.
BETA PHOTO: Hill Top Cirque as seen from lower boulders.
Lower Cirque as seen from Hill Top.  <br />Left to right, Jim Thoen Boulder, OPD Boulder, VHB Boulder, The Hangover Boulder,  <br />Scorpion King Boulder and East Crack Boulder!
BETA PHOTO: Lower Cirque as seen from Hill Top.
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By nds
From: Oceanside, Ca
Jan 6, 2012

Most of this area is pretty crummy but there's a handful of really fun problems. Climbed here a bit 3-5 years ago...anybody have any route info? I know some problems I could post but I'm not sure on name history and first ascents in this area. I believe this area was called Bierut before?

By Joshua Reinig
Feb 20, 2014

Hello visitors of MP. The Climbs I have put on here, are problems companions of mine and myself have personally trained on for over the past two decades. Knowing of only a handful of old school lines, that were put up two decades prior to us. We have still managed to re-discover many climbs that were less obvious.
The place has cleaned up tremendously in recent years, especially with the addition of the sport park.
Personally having done every problem on here thousands of times over. I have only ever ran into other pebble wrestlers out here a hand full of times.
By sharing this place and maybe showing its local potential, others will soon come to enjoy the convenience of such a neat little playground.
I can say first hand that even somewhere as simple as a little boulder field like Melrose, can help take your climbing to the biggest walls of the world.
Enjoy and please feel free to help with contributions to this area! :)

By Adam Stackhouse
Feb 20, 2014

Joshua and nds have done a great job developing this page of Mountain Project. Thanks!

By Tony Thomas
From: Oceanside, CA
Feb 20, 2014

Great job Joshua, I am here weekly now because of the work and beta you have put into this place. Thank you again.