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Routes in Bee Rock (Griffith Park)

B. a Good Chap S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Beeats Me S Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c
Beetard S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Beetard Roof S 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Birds and Bees S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Gabee S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Honey Pot S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Swallow This Beeatch S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Zombee (formerly R.I.B.) S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Type: Sport, 150 ft, 3 pitches
FA: Jim
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Shared By: JTLA Tolins on Dec 29, 2015
Admins: jt512, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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These bolts have been here a long time, but they look really solid. Ive never gone to the top but I've scrambled up the first two "pitches". After the second anchor the terrain changes from 3rd/4th class to what appears to be easy fifth for a few bolts. I've seen bolts above this point on the right side of the ridge. I've also noticed at least one bolt without a hangar. If you want to practice multi-pitch/anchor work without the stress of hard climbing moves, this might be just what the doctor ordered.

Location

Straight ahead of you as the approach trail first reaches the rock. This line follow the east facing tail/ridge of the formation

Protection

many bolts

Photos

Our climb here matched up pretty much exactly with the previous commenters. Bolts still looked to be in good condition.

Used it to practice multipitch with a beginner, and it served well for that. I don't think I'd bother with this route otherwise. Bolted fairly generously so clipping every bolt produces a huge amount of drag, and you're well enough protected skipping every other or so.

p1: 3rd/4th class, Beehive is far enough off to the right that there is no issue. There's a belay station maybe 3 or 4 bolts up you can climb past to a pair of rings above the beehive.

p2: "Headwall" gets a bit chossy if you diverge from the bolted line but otherwise not memorable. The hangers for the belay station at the end of p2 were indeed spaced much wider than the belay stations on p1. There was still a quick link here that would serve well if you're rapping.

p3: It looks like p3 originally was a line bolted straight up to the fence from the belay station, which would have been preferable (and probably closer to 5.5). We spotted 2-3 hangerless bolts as well as a hangerless belay station that seemed to follow that line. Instead we followed a bolted line right, around to the north side of Bee rock, where the bolts ended at a tree we used as the last belay station (probably the same as Forever Outside), before soloing to the fenced in lookout area and walking off on Bee Rock Trail. For the most part this pitch was also 4th class with a short easy 5th climb/mantle right below the tree. Nov 4, 2017
Forever Outside
Los Angeles, CA
  5.5
Forever Outside   Los Angeles, CA
  5.5
Climbed this as a party of 3, 60m worked fine, one climber on a fig 8 bite in the middle of the rope.
p.1 Not memorable, many bolts, skip every other to avoid drag, easy to avoid the bee hive, pass the first belay station and get to the rings above the bee hive, 4th class.
p.2 a little more technical, rock becomes a little less predictable, you approach a short but very steep "headwall", well protected crux, committing moves up and over on questionable rock. Here you reach the second belay station, 2 hangers spaced far apart, one with a fixed quick link (for rapping)
p,3 I headed up, clipped the obvious first bolt, went direct for the summit, saw a hangerless bolt, passed it, soloed to the fence summit. There I saw two more hangerless bolts (I assume the 3rd belay station?). I was going to belay off the fence, but friends below found a bolt line to the right, they lead 4 more bolts to a tree, second guy belayed 3rd guy up from the tree (5.??)

We rapped off in two raps, one from the tree and the second from the single bolt quick link (p.2 anchor) which took us to the ground.

All in all, a really fun and quirky local "adventure climb" in our backyard. The loose rock, broken glass, single piece raps, and unknown route finding, made the adventure spicy enough to be worth our while, all 3 of us had a blast. The views are excellent. One guy got a single bee sting, but they are regular docile bees, not Africanized killer bees.

Worth the trouble, thanks for putting this route up in the local park. Apr 7, 2017
Robert Karl
Pasadena, CA
  5.2
Robert Karl   Pasadena, CA
  5.2
Did this today, Jan. 2, 2017.
- very well protected. New bolts with metolius hangers.
- easy 5th in a couple spots.
- there is a huge beehive halfway up. Bees weren't very active, maybe that's the cold weather.
- first anchor we skipped. Second set of anchors has rings. Third set is spaces out very wide. There's a tree near the top to end the third pitch.
- rapping down the route is possible, even though not all the anchors have rings

Good for practicing multi pitch! Also scenic! Better than I expected even though it's chossy. Jan 2, 2017