BETA PHOTO: Murphy Creek Right Side.
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.
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.
Weather station 8.3 miles from here
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Murphy Creek:
Frogger 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'
Pac Man 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
X- Wing 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
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BETA PHOTO: Walking back across the slabs.
BETA PHOTO: Left side of Murphy Creek crag.
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. :-)