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East Crack Boulder 
El Corrádor, AKA The Corridor / Hill Top Area.  
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VHB rock, aka RISK rock 

Melrose Boulders  

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Location: 33.22432, -117.25797 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Marc Kajut, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Adam Stackhouse on Dec 29, 2011
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Small outcropping in the Oceanside/ Vista area of San Diego County. Developed decades ago by Jim Thoen et.al.

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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.4 miles from here

66 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',20],['2 Stars',32],['1 Star',14],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Melrose Boulders:
Turf Wars   V1 5     Boulder, 8'   Hill Top area
Alter Ego aka Kiss the Sky   V2-3 5+     Boulder, 10'   VHB rock, aka RISK rock
Helicopters Overhead   V4 6B     Boulder, 12'   OPD boulder
Shoot to Kill   V4 6B     Boulder, 10'   Hill Top area
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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

Photos of Melrose Boulders Slideshow Add Photo
Melrose lower Cirque rough topo.  Hope it helps!
BETA PHOTO: Melrose lower Cirque rough topo. Hope it helps!
Typical Melrose Masterpiece.
BETA PHOTO: Typical Melrose Masterpiece.
Parking at Vista Sports Park
Parking at Vista Sports Park
Mini high line at Melrose.
Mini high line at Melrose.
Lower Cirque as seen from Hill Top.  Left to right...
BETA PHOTO: Lower Cirque as seen from Hill Top. Left to right...
Typical Melrose high ball!!! :)
BETA PHOTO: Typical Melrose high ball!!! :)
Three Brothers.
Three Brothers.
Rough sketch topo of Melrose Hill Top Cirque!
BETA PHOTO: Rough sketch topo of Melrose Hill Top Cirque!
Hill Top Cirque as seen from lower boulders.
BETA PHOTO: Hill Top Cirque as seen from lower boulders.
Many of the climbes are constantly changing... :)
BETA PHOTO: Many of the climbes are constantly changing... :)
Hilltop cirque as seen from Melrose ave.
BETA PHOTO: Hilltop cirque as seen from Melrose ave.
Hunter firing this Rig!!
Hunter firing this Rig!!

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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.
By MaxxxPower
Jul 12, 2014
Anybody have info on the rock across the street by the painted frog rock? My favorite boulder to climb in the area, a couple cool routes with some variations. Or know of any other climbable boulders in Vista or Oceanside?
By Tony Thomas
From: Oceanside, CA
Jul 12, 2014
There is some beginning level climbs at Calavera Lake, Oside. There is also some bouldering on private land by the Palomar Airport on rockclimbing.com. Most of the best bouldering in North County SD is at Melrose and Daley Ranch Escondido. lead and top rope at Cougar Crag and Dixon lake.
As for the Frog boulders I do not know much about it but believe it is owned by the city? If you have problems their you should post them to MP here.
Hope this helps and let me know if you have any other questions.
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