Want to take fitness and fun to the next level? Reach new heights with rock climbing and bouldering in the Austin area. Rock climbing involves scaling a structure with the assistance of a safety rope. Bouldering is rock-climbing without a safety rope or harness.
There are a variety of indoor and outdoor climbing opportunities for all ages and experience levels. Find the best spot for you with this guide the best rock climbing and bouldering in Austin.
Outdoor Rock Climbing
Barton Creek Greenbelt is one of the most popular natural rock climbing spots in Austin. Explore nearly 13 miles of hiking trails and almost 200 routes. The prime location is the limestone wall at the Loop 360 Access Point known as the Seismic Wall or Maggy’s Wall. Other climbing spots include the mostly vertical New Wall, overhanging stone Great Wall, and steep Urban Assault. The cliffs can reach up to 90-feet high and offer steep routes.
Enchanted Rock is a beautiful small mountain located near Fredericksburg. The 1,643-acre park features granite domes and over 250 routes. Some of the best rock climbing spots include Buzzards Roost SE and West, Freshman Mountain and The Backside which is the best slab climbing in Texas. Enchanted Rock also many areas that are great for bouldering.
Reimers Ranch is a private ranch along the Pedernales River and one of the best climbing sites in central Texas. Choose from 19 climbing walls including the popular Dead Cats, Sex Cave, Prototype, and Insect walls. Scale a 60-foot limestone crag with sport routes from 5.10 to 5.13.
Texas Climbing Adventures is the premiere climbing school in Central Texas. Certified guides offer rock climbing courses for groups and individuals. Learn the ropes at Enchanted Rock, Reimer’s Ranch or the Barton Creek Greenbelt.
Rock About Rock Climbing Adventures is a rock climbing school with locations across the Southwest and Mexico. Choose from rock climbing courses, camps or corporate events. Guides are available for Enchanted Rock, Reimer’s Ranch, the Barton Creek Greenbelt, The Pecos River and El Potrero Chico, Mexico.
Bull Creek Park is a district park along the Bull Creek Greenbelt with challenging bouldering problems (routes). The majority of the problems are extremely difficult and have gravel landings. Rock climbers can train at the limestone crag that features about 25 routes.
McKinney Falls is a state park and campground with a single bouldering wall. The steep, limestone cliff features difficult problems at V3 or harder.
Roger’s Park is a boat dock/access point for Lake Belton near Temple, Texas. The secluded bouldering garden is about a mile away from the dock. The area is one of the best outdoor bouldering spots in Texas. Experience pure pocket climbing on steep, cliff walls. The problems vary in difficulty from V0 to V4 .
Indoor Rock Climbing and Bouldering
Austin Bouldering Project is the largest climbing gym in the world with nearly 50,000 sq. ft. of space. ABP is also the largest bouldering gym in the Austin area and offers climbing classes. Rock climbers of all ages and experience levels can scale the 13-15 foot walls. The interior design is modern and vibrant. The staff changes the problems frequently so there is always a new challenge to encounter. To learn more about ABP, check out our review.
Crux Climbing Center is a combination climbing gym with both rope climbing and bouldering. The 22,000 sq. ft. facility features rock climbing walls that are 30 feet high. The bouldering area isn’t completely vertical and features sharp angles. Seasoned climbers can experience the bouldering cave and members can get 24/7 access. Beginners can learn to rock climb without battling the elements.
Austin Rock Gym has locations in both north and south Austin. The North location is a bouldering gym that features a 30-ft high wall and impact flooring system. The South Gym has a large lead climbing area and a bouldering cave. Both gyms offer adult programming.
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