Elevation: 9,240 ft
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.
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 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.