Murphy Peak

Elevation: 9,240 ft
Prominence: 960

Climbing and access information for Murphy Peak is found on page 126. Below is updated, more detailed information. Published 2015


Murphy Peak sits on the western edge of the River of No Retun Wilderness. Access is good but long. It takes 3.5 hours to reach the peak from McCall. It is an hour from Yellow Pine, Idaho to Monumental Summit.

Murphy Peak viewed from the south.

Murphy Peak viewed from the south.

I climbed the route set out in the book with John Platt in 2015. We drove toward monumental Summit and turned on to the Thunder Mountain Road just short of pass. Although narrow, the road was in good shape. At 1.7 miles the road took a hard left and we managed to park just off the road on this turn. From this point, we climbed straight up the peak’s western slopes in roughly a mile with 1,000 foot elevation gain. The slope was steep, tree covered and mostly free of downfall.

This photo shows the north ridge just below the summit. The western slopes, of course, to the left side of the photo.

This photo shows the north ridge just below the summit. The western slopes, of course, to the left side of the photo.

The summit of Murphy Peak looking east in the wilderness.

The summit of Murphy Peak looking east in the wilderness.

This peak can also be climbed by following the ridge south from Moumental Summit. This route would be around 2.0 miles with 900 feet of elevation gain.

We continued our trip by following the ridge line south to Red Peak Benchmark.

This is my GPS track for the climb up Murphy Peak and Red Mountain Benchmark.

This is my GPS track for the climb up Murphy Peak and Red Mountain Benchmark.

 

Mountain Range: Central Salmon River Mountains

Year Climbed: 2015

Longitude: -115.24929   Latitude: 44.89069

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