Murphy Creek Trail
ElevationAscent: 538' 164 m
Descent: -30' -9 m
High: 8,703' 2,653 m
Low: 8,185' 2,495 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)
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“A good choice for first time backpackers to visit pretty alpine lakes in the shadow of Polly Dome”— Megan W
The trail emerges from the forest and crosses granite slabs with rock pile cairns to mark the way. The boulder erratics scattered about were left by retreating glaciers. After a brief steeper section, enter the woods once again and soon a small boggy pond appears on the right. For those wishing to visit the largest of the Polly Dome Lakes, look for an unofficial trail on the right (east) before a large granite outcropping. Take this detour eastwards for about 1/2 mile over downed trees and boulders. The shallow, picturesque lake has big rocks protruding from its surface and makes a great picnic spot.
Returning to the main Murphy Creek Trail after this detour, continue north and slightly west up another steep section of path. The trail terminates at a junction with the Glen Aulin - May Lake Trail.
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