Murphy Nature Loop - #120


Take US Hwy 93 north nearly 1/4 mile from Murphy Lake Ranger Station, then follow Road 7008 approximately 1/2 mile, turn right on 7008C and park at the Murphy Lake Campground. The trail begins on east side of boat launch area.

Attractions & Considerations

This short hike takes less than half an hour for even the most inexperienced of hikers. From the boat launch, the trail meanders through a tall stand of fir, spruce and larch, crossing Laughing Water Creek near where it empties into Murphy Lake. The loop goes up a steep hill, then down as it overlooks Murphy Lake, and returns to the footbridge across Laughing Water Creek. A wooden overlook platform provides spectacular views of the lake just off the southern end of the loop. Picnic tables and toilets are available at the campground.

Trail Info

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 0.7 Miles
  • Use: Heavy
  • Beginning Elevation (ft.): 3008
  • Ending Elevation (ft.): 3008
  • Elevation Gain (ft.): 83
  • Elevation Loss (ft.): 83
  • Recommended Season: Summer-Fall
  • USGS Map(s): Davis Mountain Quad