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Murphy Creek

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Frogger T,TR 
Gortlough RA T 
Lizard Lips TR 
Lock Tight T 
Lock, Stock, and Barrel T 
Mandric- direct start T 
Pac Man T 
Penguin Cafe T 
Whips & Chains T 
X- Wing T 

Murphy Creek  


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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.

    Climbing Season



    Weather station 8.3 miles from here

    10 Total Routes

    ['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
    ['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',1],['5.9',2],['5.10',3],['5.11',3],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

    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+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
    X- Wing   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
    Penguin Cafe   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
    Mandric- direct start   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
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    Photos of Murphy Creek Slideshow Add Photo
    Walking back across the slabs.
    BETA PHOTO: Walking back across the slabs.
    Left side of Murphy Creek crag.
    BETA PHOTO: Left side of Murphy Creek crag.

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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. :-)
    By Rob Davies UK
    From: Cheshire, UK
    Oct 3, 2014
    Quite hard to locate, as only the top of the cliff is just visible at the point where you leave the trail. At our first attempt we walked past it completely and as a result spent a happy couple of hours finding other crags much further up the valley.