Dirty Harry's Balcony & East Balcony via Putrid Pete Trail

This moderate 6-mile loop trail with 1,900 feet of elevationgain links multiple unofficial trails and offers a nice alternative to the busy thoroughfare that is the standard route to Dirty Harry's Balcony, with the same pretty forest and lovely views.

getting there

 Drive 27.8 miles east from the highway 900 exit in Issaquah to exit 42, Tinkham Road.  Turn north and cross the freeway, parking on the north side of the freeway where the trail starts.  

On the Trail

5.5 of the 6 miles of this route are on unofficial trails.   From the north  side of Exit 42 on I-90 an unofficial trail follows Mason Creek up to FS road 9031. Take the road west for .2 mile to the Ira Spring Trailhead and continue west on the trail to the first switchback. From here a trail traverses west and connects with the trail to Putrid Pete’s Peak. Take the “Putrid Pete Trail” up three switchbacks to an intersection with a trail leading off to the west.  Turn west and follow this trail to the “East Balcony” and a nice view of the Harry’s Balcony across the way. Continue on the trail through a rock crossing and a number of small stream crossings, and then the trail ends up on an old road. This road ends at the side trail to Dirty Harry’s balcony - take a left and in a few hundred feet you will arrive to meet the crowds and enjoy the views.  On the return trip, continue down the “Putrid Pete Trail” past the trail to the Ira Spring lot. This trail loses most of the elevation you gained before meeting and following an old road back to Exit 42.

information for Leaders

  • Please check the standard Dirty Harry's Balcony listing to ensure we do not have two Mountaineers groups going to the same location. 
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,900 ft
  • 2,800 ft
  • Green Trails Bandera No. 206
  • Green Trails Mount Si NRCA No. 206S

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