The Stronghold Climbing Gym



The Stronghold Climbing Gym opened its Lincoln Heights doors in March 2014.
We pride ourselves on creative and professional route-setting, a friendly and
knowledgeable staff composed entirely of climbers, the best in new and fresh
holds and volumes, and being the home base for an amazing community!

Our many amenities such as yoga classes, climbing clinics, weights and cardio
equipment, saunas, and shower facilities mean members can make the gym a big
part of their lives.

We promote responsible enjoyment of outdoor climbing areas and leave-no-trace
principles. We are committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment
to train, learn, and develop a passion for climbing!

Our Echo Park location opened its doors in 2023. The Stronghold locations are only 3.4 miles apart!


Past: California Edison Company

The beautiful building housing The Stronghold started life in 1904 as the California Edison Company’s Los Angeles #3 Steam Power Plant. It was designed by John Parkinson, the architect responsible for many of LA’s iconic structures from that era, including City Hall and Union Station.
The Stronghold occupies the space that originally housed a slew of boilers that generated steam that was piped next door to spin turbines that in turn spun generators that made electricity to run street lights and the Red Car electric railroad system.

The building was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1988.

Present: The Brewery Artist Lofts

Today, The Stronghold sits within the 23-acre Brewery Artist Lofts Complex, a
three-decades-old artist community housed in an old Pabst Brewing facility and the older California Edison Los Angeles #3 Steam Power Plant. The Brewery (as it is known) was started in the early ’80s when the Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Ordinance started allowing residential use of disused industrial buildings around Downtown on the condition that the residents be artists and use the space for working as well as living. Since then the Brewery has developed into one of the most well-established and vibrant artists communities in the country.

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Twice a year, the artists invite the public into their often remarkable studio/homes to view and purchase their art. The Brewery Art Walk happens each Spring and Fall, and draws large crowds. Art Walk is a great opportunity to check out some of the most creative work in L.A. and to buy art.

Also at the Brewery, and of particular interest to thirsty and hungry post-workout climbers, is Barbara’s, a family-owned bar with craft beers and a menu of classic brewpub fare, only 400′ from our front door.

(323) 505-7000

Monday – Friday
6:00am – 11:00pm
Saturday & Sunday
8:00am – 9:00pm
(213) 265-7475

Monday – Friday
8:00am – 11:00pm
Saturday & Sunday
8:00am – 9:00pm
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