Sure, you could go climb a mountain—or you could check out a space with floor pads and no weather problems to speak of, or at least a rock close to home. Bouldering gyms and climbing walls are becoming especially prevalent in Seattle, both for die-hard climbers looking for a regular workout closeby or dabblers and hobbyists looking for training or lower-risk recreation.
Bonus for the indoor gyms: Oftentimes you don’t even need your own gear. Double bonus: Some of them have added features like yoga classes. One especially popular gym even has a cafe and bar. A couple have additional locations, too—we note it when they do.
We included some outdoor walls for when you want a quick outdoor climb but don’t want to make a full day trip out of it. University of Washington and Camp Long are both classic options.
Whether you’re looking for a fun afternoon, classes, or a regular workout (and whether you’re looking for belays or not) here are 12 options in the Seattle area for getting your climb on. (If you’re looking for something for littles, try one of the city’s coolest playgrounds—climbing walls are increasingly common.)
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