Murphy Peak

Elevation: 9,240 ft
Prominence: 960

Climbing and access information for Murphy Peak is on Page 126 of the book. Below is updated, more detailed information. Updated July 2018


Murphy Peak sits on the West Edge of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Access is good, but long. It takes 3.5 hours to reach the peak from McCall, Idaho. It is an hour from Yellow Pine, Idaho to Monumental Summit. USGS Rainbow Peak

Murphy Peak viewed from the south.

Murphy Peak as 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 onto the Thunder Mountain Road just short of the 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 West Slopes in roughly a mile with 1,000 feet of 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.

The North Ridge of Murphy Peak, just below the summit. The West Slopes are to the left.

The summit of Murphy Peak looking east in the wilderness.

Looking east from the summit of Murphy Peak.

This peak can also be climbed by following the ridge south from Monumental Summit. This route is about 2.0 miles with 900 feet of elevation gain. We continued our trip by following the ridgeline south to Red Peak Benchmark.

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

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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