Thanks to its high-quality stone, short approaches, and free camping, Honeycombs is one of Southwest Oregon’s favorite local sport crags.
About two hours north of Medford and just shy of the Umpqua National Forest (an adventure playground in its own right), the ’Combs are a collection of crinkled volcanic domes, which peek up above the trees like a handful of massive stone beehives. As their name suggests, they’re sprinkled with fissures and pockets, which give them a unique honeycomb-like texture and a style of climbing that may remind some visitors of Smith Rock.
Most of the routes at Honeycombs are bolted single-pitch, though there are a handful of multi-pitch options, as well. The vast majority are moderates—5.10 or below—making this a perfect spot for both new leaders and seasoned veterans looking for a fun romp in the shade.
The Honeycombs area has over 60 climbing routes. Here’s just a small sampling of a few local favorites.
Stone Ship (5.0)
The climbing may be easy, but this scrambly adventure route makes a perfect introduction to the area for climbers of all levels. Top out the feature, tiptoe across the knife-edge ridge, and descend through Secret Cleft for the full experience.
Candy Shop (5.7)
Enjoy consistent bolting and continuous holds on solid, copper-colored rock. This vertical 65-foot sport route is a great warmup, as well as an area classic in its own right.
Taste of Honey (5.9)
Meet one of Honeycombs’ best multi-pitch climbs. Tackle all three pitches to top out the route and soak in gorgeous views of the valley below.
One Tuff Cookie (5.10 b/c)
This line follows steep, heroic climbing up a tsunami wave of rock. Solid holds and a stunning position make this one a local favorite.
Its high elevation, proximity to the North Umpqua River, and shaded aspects keep the rock here cool, making the Honeycombs a great escape from sweltering crags like Smith Rock. Because peregrine falcons use this area as a critical nesting site through June, most climbers opt to visit between mid-July and September.