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Melrose Boulders Rock Climbing 

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Location: 33.22432, -117.25797 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Marc Kajut, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Adam Stackhouse on Dec 29, 2011  with updates from Robert Karl
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BETA PHOTO: Melrose lower Cirque rough topo. Hope it helps!

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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.

Climbing Season

For the North San Diego County area.

Weather station 1.4 miles from here

66 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',18],['2 Stars',33],['1 Star',14],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Melrose Boulders

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing 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
Tech Nine Arête.    V5 6C PG13     Boulder, 15'   East Crack Boulder
Lock Down   V5 6C     Boulder   OPD boulder
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Photos of Melrose Boulders Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Rough sketch topo of Melrose Hill Top Cirque!
BETA PHOTO: Rough sketch topo of Melrose Hill Top Cirque!
Rock Climbing Photo: Mini high line at Melrose.
Mini high line at Melrose.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ghetto Bouldering
Ghetto Bouldering
Rock Climbing Photo: Fujiwara effect at the tractor museum!!!
Fujiwara effect at the tractor museum!!!
Rock Climbing Photo: Typical Melrose high ball!!! :)
BETA PHOTO: Typical Melrose high ball!!! :)
Rock Climbing Photo: Senior Hernandez going for Fertility Direct!!!
Senior Hernandez going for Fertility Direct!!!
Rock Climbing Photo: Hunter & Chris with your typical So Cal afternoon ...
Hunter & Chris with your typical So Cal afternoon ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Hunter firing this Rig!!
Hunter firing this Rig!!
Rock Climbing Photo: Lower Cirque as seen from Hill Top.  Left to right...
BETA PHOTO: Lower Cirque as seen from Hill Top. Left to right...
Rock Climbing Photo: Many of the climbes are constantly changing... :)
BETA PHOTO: Many of the climbes are constantly changing... :)
Rock Climbing Photo: Parking at Vista Sports Park
Parking at Vista Sports Park
Rock Climbing Photo: Hilltop cirque as seen from Melrose ave.
BETA PHOTO: Hilltop cirque as seen from Melrose ave.
Rock Climbing Photo: Hill Top Cirque as seen from lower boulders.
BETA PHOTO: Hill Top Cirque as seen from lower boulders.
Rock Climbing Photo: Three Brothers.
Three Brothers.
Rock Climbing Photo: Fox hanging around Melrose, seen from Hilltop Cirq...
Fox hanging around Melrose, seen from Hilltop Cirq...
Rock Climbing Photo: Hammerlander topping out Tech 9!!!
Hammerlander topping out Tech 9!!!
Rock Climbing Photo: Typical Melrose Masterpiece.
BETA PHOTO: Typical Melrose Masterpiece.

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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 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.
By Alan Hawkshaw
Mar 25, 2016
I still boulder at Melrose all the time. It is fun and basically a great place to work out your moves and holds. However last night I noticed a lot more graffiti and broken glass. I try to clean it up and rake as much as I can but I feel this great spot really needs a lot of help. If I start a save Melrose boulders campaign can I count on the climbing community to help clean it up with me.. Or if anyone knows how to get the spray paint off I would love to know.. The ratings here by the way are from v0 to maybe v5.. One Boulder does have a short top rope..
By Tom Cain 88
Jun 6, 2016
Alan Hawkshaw- Count me in, I like this place since I live about 10 minutes away. It really sucks that there is so much glass in the area now. I try to fill a plastic bag up every time we go. As for The Graffiti... Zip Strip non water base removed some off of our old apartment building but that was stucco. And unfortunately its not environmentally friendly and you need a pretty heavy Wire brush and a bit of scrubbing. Also I heard Bar Cleaner might work but I haven't tried that. Hope this helped.
By Robert Karl
From: Pasadena, CA
Aug 20, 2016
Spent yesterday morning here, weather was really pleasant around 7am. Lots of trash, broken glass, and spraypaint. Reminds me of Stoney Point in LA. Thanks for posting the information on routes here.

Will definitely come back since I live nearby, the location is pretty quiet and there's a fair amount of moderate problems.

For the first time visitor the topos uploaded by Joshua were really helpful ( and
By Michael L
From: San Diego, California
Jul 5, 2017
Friend and I went to scope out this area yesterday. Not only is there glass at almost every problem, but some areas are being camped out by homeless people.
We went to every single boulder listed and could only find 1 route that was climbable (minimal glass).
Local kids are thoroughly trashing the place.

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