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Elevation: 8,300'
Location: 37.8424, -119.4653 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Brian Snider on Jan 14, 2011
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Description 

Murphy Creek is a great little crag that has something to offer for everyone. There is dozens of crack climbs ranging from a fun 5.7 double crack called frogger to some much stiffer 5.11 finger crack and top rope problems. This could be be a great place to avoid the crowds and get out of the Valley during the hot summer months.


Getting There 

Located on Highway 120 across from Tenaya lake is the Murphy Creek trailhead. This easy 1.5 mile hike will take you to wide open granite slabs and the crag will be obvious as it's the only sheer cliff in view. From here find your way cross country to the base of the cliff. A small creek crossing might be tricking in the early season and dry in late season.


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Murphy Creek:
Frogger   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
Pac Man   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Penguin Cafe   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
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Penguin Cafe on left side and tallest part of the lower tier wall at Murphy Creek.

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BETA PHOTO: Walking back across the slabs.
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By Karl K
From: Phoenix, AZ
Aug 13, 2011

Morning sun & afternoon shade.
Very pleasant hike.

By Bill Lawry
From: New Mexico
Aug 6, 2013

About the length of the approach hike on the trail ...

The second edition of Tuolumne Free Climbs also indicates 1.5 miles. We checked by hand-held GPS and it is more like 0.8 miles. That and the cliffs are then only obvious at specific points on the trail.

... not that I'm whining. I enjoyed hiking around for a few hours that morning. :-)