A late morning in Sacramento meant we didn’t have enough time to go to Auburn Quarry, so we changed up plans at the last minute and checked out Nut Tree Boulders in Vacaville, specifically the Hillcrest Boulders. The scenery is nothing special, several boulders spread out over shade-less hillsides. The approach is pretty nice–just park by the curb next to some houses, and within two minutes you’re at the first boulder.
The rock is basalt, and it seemed kind of fragile. There were several loose holds I found, and I actually broke a large start hold off of Jimi’s Butt Crack (V4) on Scott’s Rock. Other than that, the rock is sharp and angular, providing some good hand holds.
I spent quite a bit of time at the Saddle Boulders, which has a large Y-shaped crack in the middle of it. Climbing up the right corner is a V4–great problem with a big move. Starting at the bottom right and moving up left along a thin seam to the main crack is a V5. I tried this at least ten times, but couldn’t finish it.
By this time, the sun was setting, and we didn’t have time to make it to the 40 Oz. Boulder, which apparently has some of the best problems in the area. But I’d definitely be interested in coming back again if I’m in the area!