Adventure within reach. You don't have to travel far to get out and start climbing today.

Ready to start rock climbing and take your adventures into high gear? Whether you're an experienced climber or you're just getting started, there are plenty of day trips near Oxnard to fuel your adrenaline.

Here are the best rock climbing destinations and itineraries near Oxnard and how to get started climbing today.

Joshua Tree National Park

Rock Climbing Near Oxnard

Stoney Peak Point, Chatsworth - Experience rock-climbing year-round at Stoney. It's also a great place to take a walk if you're not ready to climb just yet.

Location: On Topanga Canyon Blvd. between Chatsworth St. and 118 Freeway

Foothill Crag, Ojai
- Foothill Crag has two rock faces, and it's suitable for all levels.

Location: North of Downtown Ojai

Lizard's Mouth, Santa Barbara
- Enjoy scenic views of Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean from Lizard's Mouth, which very much resembles its namesake.

Location: West Camino Cielo (Forest Route 5N12), Los Padres National Forest

Joshua Tree National Park, Joshua Tree
- A three-hour drive from Oxnard, Joshua Tree National Park is the furthest rock climbing destination but 100% worth the drive. It's famous for traditional-style crack, slab, and steep face climbing.

Location: Joshua Tree Visitor Center - 6554 Park Boulevard, Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Adventure Itineraries

HEAD NORTH


Day 1: ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST


An ideal place for a summer day trip, Angeles National Forest and the neighboring San Gabriel Mountain range are home to a vast array of rock climbing options. Though some areas are designated wilderness zones and bolting is prohibited, there are plenty of great climbing routes in this scenic alpine setting. If you take the PCH to get there, stop at Point Mugu Rock, where you can start on a leisurely but iconic climb.

Day 2: LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST

For an added day of rock climbing adventures, hop on the 101 North to the Los Padres National Forest. The Santa Barbara area is full of sheer cliff faces and rock formations and is a hot spot for rock climbers of all skill levels. On your way back into town, enjoy beautiful ocean views, and during early and mid-spring, pull off into one of the many cliffside viewing areas to spot migrating whales and dolphins.

HEAD SOUTH

Day 1: STONEY PEAK POINT

Jump on the 101 to the 118 Freeway and drive to Chatsworth for a rock climbing trip to suit any level. Start your adventure at Stoney Peak Point to enjoy rock climbing any day of the week.

Day 2: JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

For the ultimate world-class rock climbing experience, head to Joshua Tree National Park. Here you'll find more than 8,000 climbing routes, 2,000 boulder problems, and hundreds of natural gaps.

It's a climber's dream adventure.

Read: Best Time to Visit Joshua Tree National Park.

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Getting Started - Rock Climbing Classes Near Oxnard

If you're a newbie to outdoor adventures, but you're considering taking the next step, you may want to check out REI's Introduction to Outdoor Rock Climbing Class. In this half-day course, you'll learn the fundamentals of outdoor rock climbing, including proper belay techniques. It's perfect for first-timers and adventurers 14 and up who want hands-on experience.

Location: Ojai | Foothill Crag

Gear provided by REI:

  • Belay Device
  • Carabiners
  • Climbing Harness
  • Climbing Helmet
  • Climbing Shoes
  • Group First Aid Kit - Contents include wound care items and over the counter medications for minor injuries and illnesses


    Book it here.

    Learn the basics of building rock climbing anchors in REI's SoCal Bolted & Natural Climbing Anchor course. This full-day class is for those with some prior top-rope climbing experience. You'll learn all the necessary knots, how to practice good cliff safety techniques, and what to look for in a solid and redundant climbing anchor.

    Location: Stoney Point

    Gear provided by REI:


  • Belay Device
  • Carabiners
  • Climbing Harness
  • Climbing Helmet
  • Climbing Shoes
  • Group First Aid Kit - Contents include wound care items and over the counter medications for minor injuries and illnesses


    Sign up here.

    Venturing south?
    Check out REI's climbing classes & events near San Diego.

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