Dirty Harry's Peak, Balcony & East Balcony


Day Hike - Dirty Harry's Balcony & Peak

Steady-paced hike to Dirty Harry's Balcony, followed by Dirty Harry's Museum, and finally Dirty Harry's Peak. Marvel at the beauty of this former "inaccessible" logging site by Harry Gault, with a challenging trip up into the snow and, weather permitting, great overlooks of McClellan Butte, Mount Kent, Granite Lakes, Mount Rainier, and Mount Baker!

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  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 9.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,440 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 4,593 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2.5mph

7:45 AM for introductions and briefing, 8:00 AM boots on trail.

Dirty Harry's Trailhead, Discover Pass Required

From I-90 EB take Exit 38 toward 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 restroom.

This is a challenging hike to Dirty Harry's Balcony, Dirty Harry's Museum, and Dirty Harry's Peak, with a  1.5 mph moderate pace going up, and 2-2.5 mph going down, with a total distance of 9.4 miles and 3,400 feet of elevation gain. Participants are expected to have done similar hikes recently. Both microspikes and trekking poles are required.

We will follow all Mountaineers Protocols. Bring a face mask and hand sanitizer. We'll wear face masks most of the time and stay 6 feet apart from each other to the best of our abilities.

Please note that this trip is weather and safe conditions dependent.


Dirty Harry's Peak, Balcony & East Balcony

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
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