Ketchum, ID: Murdock Creek

This 6.2-mile out-and-back charges up a mountain creek and into a canyon tucked below the snow-crested Boulder Mountains.
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This 6.2-mile out-and-back charges up a mountain creek and into a canyon tucked below the snow-crested Boulder Mountains.

-Mapped by Jason Kauffman

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 4.8

Waypoints

MDC001

Location: 43.8066825866699, -114.414840698242

This dayhike starts on Murdock Creek and roughly traces its course until the trail disappears at mile 3.1. From there, expert navigators can continue above treeline for more stunning scenics. From trailhead, head NE

MDC002

Location: 43.8079261779785, -114.411109924316

First of 4 creek crossings. Save this hike for mid-summer or risk difficult crossings during snowmelt

MDC003

Location: 43.8142623901367, -114.405563354492

Be quiet: Elk graze and bed on the grassy hillside across creek

MDC004

Location: 43.8148880004883, -114.404396057129

Ford creek

MDC005

Location: 43.816104888916, -114.402191162109

Short but steep climb on rocky path

MDC006

Location: 43.818733215332, -114.398414611816

Pass under a green pocket of conifers

MDC007

Location: 43.8225479125977, -114.393280029297

Steep climb again

MDC008

Location: 43.8233528137207, -114.393020629883

Check out the steep avalanche chute on other side of creek

MDC009

Location: 43.8259086608887, -114.390571594238

Traverse loose rockslide

MDC010

Location: 43.8304824829102, -114.381866455078

Stay straight. Another avalanche chute to the E

MDC011

Location: 43.8312377929688, -114.380706787109

Cross creek again

MDC012

Location: 43.8356590270996, -114.381034851074

Last creek ford. Two options: 1) Backtrack to trailhead. 2) Continue up the increasingly faint (and steep) trail for alpine views of a 10,000-foot ridge to the NE