Embracing El Niño: Orange County Rock Climbing

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

Sender One Climbing, Yoga, Fitness, & Funtopia (Santa Ana)

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 Bouldering (Orange)

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)

Rockreation Sport Climbing (Costa Mesa)

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

Rock City Climbing Center (Anaheim)

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

Rockin’ Jump Orange County (Santa Ana)

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

Hangar 18 Mission Viejo

South Orange County

Aesthetic Climbing Gym (Lake Forest)

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

Hangar 18 (Mission Viejo) 

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.


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