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

Take Exit 42 (Tinkham Road) off of I-9, head north, and park on the north side of the freeway where the trail starts.  

On the Trail

Five and a half of the six 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 Forest Road 9031. Take the road west for 0.2 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

scheduling & permits

  • Permits are required in this area for all fee-based (course-related) activities, regardless of group size, and all free activities involving 13 or more people. Leaders may list trips at this route/place with the understanding that they need to verify that a permit has been obtained before running the trip (if required as outlined above). Permit applications are submitted to Washington Department of Natural Resources annually in December. Please contact Amanda Virbitsky at amandav@mountaineers.org with any additional questions, or to obtain a permit for the current calendar year.
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,900 ft
  • 2,800 ft
Map
  • Green Trails Bandera No. 206
  • Green Trails Mount Si NRCA No. 206S
  • Green Trails Middle Fork Snoqualmie No. 174S
Activities

Upcoming Activities



Rock Scrambling - Dirty Harry's Balcony

Scrambling Field trip: Compressed Alpine Scrambling Course
This is the Rock Field Trip Associated with Compressed Alpine Scramble Course
Difficulty: Moderate
Sun, Apr 19, 2020
No Prerequisites
12 participants 3 instructors
Registration opens Nov 1; Instructor registration open now
Foothills Branch

Rock Scrambling - Dirty Harry's Balcony

Scrambling Field trip: Compressed Alpine Scrambling Course
This is a BACK UP DATE for the Rock Field Trip Associated with Compressed Alpine
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Apr 25, 2020
No Prerequisites
12 participants 4 instructors
Registration opens Jan 2; Instructor registration open now
Foothills Branch
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  • Dirty Harry's Balcony
  • Dirty Harry's Peak Trail
  • Putrid Pete Trail
  • Dirty Harry's Balcony & East Balcony
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