Participants must be at least 7 years old on the day of the event.  

Do I have to take the stairs back down to street level?

No – you will take a well-deserved elevator ride after you conquer the tower. However, climbers are required to walk down approximately five flights of stairs to reach the resting floor where an elevator will be waiting to take you down to street level.

I can no longer attend, can someone else use my bib?

Yes – when picking up your bib, the person replacing you will need to visit our registration tables to update the info associated with that bib.

Will restrooms be available during the climb?

Yes - there are designated restroom locations in the stairwell. Please notify an EMT or volunteer if you need to use the restroom and they will escort you to these locations.

Can I register for a teammate?

No - each team member must view and agree to event waivers in order to participate. For that reason, participants must personally register for the event. Please note that each team member must use a separate email as well.

What happens if I am unable to finish?

If you feel you are unable to complete the climb, please notify an EMT or volunteer or ask another climber to do so. An EMT will escort you out of the building via elevator.

My company wants to cover all or part of our employees’ fundraising minimums, how do I set that up?

Option 1 – Become an Event Sponsor – your company will receive marketing benefits and a specified number of registrations.

Option 2 Sign A Covered Climbers Agreement – upon receiving the form, our staff will send a Discount Code for your climbers to use during registration. Contact stairclimb@ymcala.org or 213 639 7453 with any questions.

Option 3 – Donate to already registered climbers – return to our main page and use the search function to find and make donations to teams or individuals. Or, you may send a check or call 213 351 2215 with credit card information. We are happy to split a donation between multiple climbers, but we’ll need your help - please indicate the exact amount that should be applied to each registered climber.

What time will I climb?

A tentative event schedule is posted on this website. Climbers will receive an email confirming individual start times approximately 1 week before the event. A detailed schedule will also be posted online about 1 week before the event.

Can I request a specific start time?

We are typically unable to accommodate start time requests. Please plan to be available during the entire tentative time range for your participation type. A tentative event schedule is posted on this website to help you plan ahead.

Are spectators welcome?

Yes - we encourage friends and family to join and cheer on your favorite participants. The food, music, and activities at the after party are available to all!  Please note that you must be a Stair Climb for Los Angeles participant to have access to the stairwell and resting floor of the US Bank Tower.

Can I still rank as an individual if I climb with a team?

Yes - if you are on a team, you will automatically be ranked as an individual as well, and you will be eligible for a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place individual medal (YMCA staff will contact medal winners in the month following the event).

What is the Urban Hike?

We have added a NEW element this year! If sightseeing is more your style, the Urban Hike is for you. Participants will begin and end at the same locations, passing MOCA, The Broad, Disney Concert Hall, The Grand LA, and more along the way.

What is the length of the Urban Hike course?

The Urban Hike is a 1.3 mile walk past iconic DTLA landmarks.

Urban Hike Map

Is the Urban Hike Timed?

The Urban Hike is not a timed event. Feel free to take in the sights along the way. All registered hikers will receive an event bib, medal and T-shirt.

Can children participate in the Urban Hike? Do they need to register?

Any children 7 or older will need to be registered, and therefore will count as a participant. Kids under 7 can go along with their parents, but won't be considered a registrant.

What time will I be scheduled to walk?

Urban Hike participants may enter the trailhead any time between 1:00PM-5:15PM. If you are a Hiker on a team with Stair Climbers, we encourage you to begin your hike at the same time as your teammates begin their climb.

Can our team consist of climbers AND hikers?

Yes! Teams can consist of a mix of climbers and hikers. When registering select Form A Team or Join an Existing Team, then choose your course. Urban Hike participants may enter the trailhead any time between 1:00-5:15PM. If you are a Hiker, we encourage you to begin your hike at the same time as your teammates begin their climb.

Can I participate in both the Stair Climb AND the Urban Hike?

Yes! If you are up for the challenge, you may choose to pay to participate in both. If you decide to do this, we encourage you to register online for the climb and register in-person on event day for the Urban Hike. If you have additional questions, please contact StairClimb@ymcaLA.org.

Where should checks be written out to?

Checks are payable to Ketchum-Downtown YMCA - address below:

Stair Climb for Los Angeles
Ketchum-Downtown YMCA
401 S Hope Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071


Please contact us at StairClimb@ymcaLA.org OR 213 351 2215