Embrace the El Niño and get active by going indoor rock climbing! Check out these spots for bouldering and rock climbing in Orange County.
North Orange County
Offering a community feel, Sender One caters to their members. Membership is monthly and includes bringing a free guest every month, a free intro class, and discounts on events and classes. A kids’ climbing area keeps the little ones happy.
Day Pass: $20 + $7 for shoes/harness/chalk bag
The Factory is a combination of a gym and a lounge, offering walls in a variety of difficulties as well as lounge areas with ping pong tables and billiards.
Day Pass: $14 or $12 for students/youth + $3 for shoe rental (or go before 2pm and get it for $8)
Boasting 12,000 square feet of rock climbing wall, Rockreation has locations in Vegas, LA, and Costa Mesa. “Fight Gravity” and Cross-Training classes give a little variety to the basic rock climb. Check out their free Yoga classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Day Pass: $17 + $5 for shoes
With a focus on bouldering (climbing without a belay), Rock City caters to people of all skill levels. Be sure to check out the “cave” inside for those who aren’t afraid of small spaces!
Day Pass: $15 + $5 for shoes/halter
For those who are looking for a less intimidating and more kid-friendly jump, Rockin’ Jump is the way to go. Bounce on trampolines, slam dunk in the hoops, or take a tour at the Rock Tower.
Day Pass: Varies depending on jump/climb package but starts at $10 for 30 minutes of Open Jump Time
South Orange County
Recommended for those who have climbed before, the Aesthetic Climbing Gym is nestled in a business park in Lake Forest. Helpful employees make the experience even smoother.
Day Pass: $15 + FREE harness and shoes
The sister location to the Hangar 18s in Riverside and Long Beach, this chain offers reasonable prices and good locations. Strictly a gym for bouldering, Hangar 18 is more for the hardcore climber than the beginner.
Day Pass: $16 + $3 for shoes
Interested in climbing for the first time? Check out this helpful guide from GQ.