If you want the opportunity to do something active but want easy access within the city and other amenities nearby… and the weather isn’t cooperating with your outdoors plans, climbing at Dogpatch Boulders is a great way to spend an afternoon. You can either take the K/T muni line to get here, or walk from AT&T Park.
I had never been to a gym that exclusively offered bouldering before, and Dogpatch Boulders does a great job. The space is large, and they have numerous routes that are suitable for beginners as well as experienced bouldering climbers. A couple other benefits: you can go alone. I love top rope climbing but can’t always find someone to go with. I’ve gone on my own and have enjoyed myself. People are generally easy to chat with and you can ask people for advice if you’re struggling on a route they’ve just completed. If this is your first time bouldering, you’ll likely find that the routes are tougher than what you’re used to for top rope climbing, even at the beginner levels. The good news is that if you lose your grip, you can fall onto a bouncy mat.
Walk-ins are fine here — you can pay a one-time fee and rent a pair of climbing shoes. Please check the website for the latest opening times; they can vary by day of week, but are generally open early morning to 10pm.