Elevation: 2,509 ft
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Shared By: Erik Keever on Jul 12, 2017 with updates from Southwest Oregon Climbers Coalition
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Description

A collection of small volcanic spires east of Roseburg offering mostly single-pitch sport climbs, with a handful of multipitch routes to their summits, nestled among the beautiful forest hillside. The rock is welded tuff much resemblant of Smith Rock. Most established routes are currently 5.10 and below, but there is definitely potential for more difficult routes: Several faces could feature overhanging thuggery between jug pockets.

The downhill side of South Comb offers a fascinating bouldering "tube" that smoothly runs from slab to steep.

The combs sit on the edge of a privately owned/BLM border, which runs either right in front of or through North Comb. South Comb is on private land (be nice, leave no trace, don't block the access road). The base of the Combs used to be a forest and eventually will be again. Peregrine falcons nest on the formations in spring and they ought be left alone from February till mid June. The Honeycombs and the rest of Umpqua-area climbing are covered in Greg Orton's "Rock Climbing Western Oregon: Umpqua."

The crag is in the temperate Oregon forest. Have DEET and be ready to put it on pronto if necessary. There's a LOT of goddamnmosquitos at the parking area sometimes (but few at the crags, thankfully). Ticks are present, but rarely carry Lyme.

Getting There

From Roseburg, get onto 138 eastbound (towards Crater Lake). Pass Dixonville, Glide, Idleyld and Steamboat. After the river bridge watch for milepost 23, very shortly afterwards a prominent sign marked "<- BLM RD 26-2-7 <-" shows up.

Hang a left onto the initially steep gravel road. General instructions are, follow the road that has signs of use: Ignore a disused right at 1.1mi, left then right at the sharp S surve at 2mi, take the right fork at 2.9mi, the parking area is at 4mi. The logging co has installed a bright yellow gate on your right: This is the parking spot and the lat/long given for the area. Don't block the gate!

Walk down the road and onto the trail. The newly blasted road leads straight to South Comb. If you follow the old trail, you will encounter North Comb after a few minutes. If you follow trails at North Comb downhill, you'll eventually reach Forbidden Comb.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Honeycombs

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 10
Candy Shop
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 5
Edge of Fear
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 3
Stinger
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 8
Atrus Leap
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 5
Double Jointed
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 7
Mystic Monkey
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 12
Taste of Honey
Sport 4 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 9
Double Stuff
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 4
House Keeping
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 11
Chutes and Ladders
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 6
One Tuff Cookie
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 6
Honey Pot
Sport 3 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 3
Lost World
Sport 2 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 3
Aladdin
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 3
Product of Imagination
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Candy Shop S Comb > Fire Dome
 10
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Edge of Fear S Comb > Secret Cleft
 5
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Stinger N Comb
 3
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Atrus Leap S Comb > Fire Dome
 8
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Double Jointed S Comb > Fire Dome
 5
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Mystic Monkey S Comb > Fire Dome
 7
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Taste of Honey Forbidden Comb
 12
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport 4 pitches
Double Stuff N Comb
 9
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
House Keeping N Comb
 4
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Chutes and Ladders N Comb
 11
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
One Tuff Cookie N Comb
 6
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Honey Pot Forbidden Comb
 6
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport 3 pitches
Lost World N Comb
 3
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
Aladdin N Comb
 3
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Product of Imagination S Comb > Lava Tube
 3
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
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gso Orton
Roseburg, OR
gso Orton   Roseburg, OR
Lone Rock has been blasting a road down to the South Comb
with a landing on both sides of the rock.
Based on my conversation with them three weeks ago, the road should be done about now and access open to climbers until they begin logging operations, possibly in the Spring.
The guy living in the trailer is their watchman. If he's there talk with him and let him know your climbing. An interesting guy to talk with. A good subject for breaking the ice would be to ask him about rappelling out of helicopters in Nam. Until we know for sure they have moved out for the season, your best bet will be on weekends when the crews are not working.
Also, with all the trees being cut around the rock there are lots of new lines showing, crying for first ascents. Oct 19, 2017
Left three BD draws on 11ish route in the hemicylinder on North Comb. Thought I could get them back from the top. Gonna come back in a few weeks. Bolts on that route are sketchy though. Not recommended May 13, 2018
hbert  
I don't think it's still closed, I asked a local ranger (didn't know) and didn't see any signs. May 23, 2018
It is open to climb. I left some draws on a route -see comment below. Went back to take them down last weekend, but someone has stolen them, really? May 29, 2018
Potentially left a pair of Anasazi VCS’s in front of south comb. Based in Eugene, if someone happens to see them I will make it worth your while! Jun 19, 2018
Jessie McQuiston
Eugene, OR
Jessie McQuiston   Eugene, OR
regarding driving directions:
I've spoken with at least two people who've had issues finding this place. I had a bit of an adventure finding it for the first time last weekend.
The easiest and clearest way I can describe getting there from Hwy 138 is as follows:
Turn left at BLM road 26-2-7. drive approximately four miles, staying on the path most traveled. At 4.1 you will see a yellow gate on the right, blocking a logging road. Park here. Do not block the gate. Jul 23, 2018
J P
Ashland, OR
J P   Ashland, OR
This place is GREAT for beginner-to-intermediate climbers to get a head on lead: not much over 5.11a yet, lots of .7-.10a, good placement of bolts - unless you're climbing a Greg Orton classic with what some consider a run-out - and a good variety of types of climbs.

Thanks to the SWOCC for making this place as great as it is already! Aug 7, 2018