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Day Hike - Dirty Harry's Balcony & East Balcony

Walk up the recently improved Birdhouse trail, through a place marked by old tales of Harry Gault's daring logging activity and of current rock climbing history, to beautiful views of the famous surrounding peaks.

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 4.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,300 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 2,703 ft
  • Pace: 1.5

8am at the trailhead:

  • From Seattle, take exit 38 towards the Fire Training Academy. After exiting, head right at the stop sign and drive 1.8 miles. The road comes to a junction. Turn left to go underneath the freeway and you will see the parking lot ahead of you with a trailhead sign and a bathroom.

Carpooling is highly encouraged and we will use E-mail to coordinate depending on where folks are coming from. Suggested contribution to the generous drivers is $0.15/mile.

Discover pass is REQUIRED.

Enjoy a moderate hike through a rare mountain side full of history!

Several decades ago, Harry Gault was a local independent logger who gained a reputation for relentless logging near North Bend, Washington. He built roads and logged trees in places thought by other loggers to be too inaccessible to attempt. This reputation eventually led people to give him the nickname of "Dirty Harry".

We will proceed together as a group at a pace that feels comfortable to all. We will shoot for an easy/moderate pace (1.5mph) and take time to enjoy our surroundings and the viewpoints.

The route description mentions a short 10 foot rock scramble to access the flat area of the balcony. We will make a group decision  at that point if everybody feels comfortable with it, or end right below.


Dirty Harry's Peak, Balcony & East Balcony

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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