Dirty Harry's Peak, Balcony & East Balcony

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

Dirty Harry's Trail Head

Eastbound from Seattle: Take Exit 38 off of I-90, head south and cross the Snoqualmie River. Drive east on SE Homestead Valley Rd  as it parallels I-90. Park in the paved lot just after SE Homestead Rd passes under I-90 (1,300 ft).

Westbound from Cle Elum: Take Exit 38 off of I-90, head north, turn right onto SE Homestead Valley Rd, drive a short distance, and park in the paved lot (1,300 ft).

Putrid Pete's Peak Trailhead

Take Exit 42 (Tinkham Road) off of I-9, head north, and park on the north side of the freeway where the trail starts (1,600 ft).

On the Trail

Putrid Pete's Peak Trailhead

6 mile loop, 1,900 feet of elevation gain

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's Peak 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's Peak 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.

Dirty Harry's Trailhead

5-11 miles round trip, 1,300-3,300 feet of elevation gain

Hike the Dirty Harry's Trail to the Balcony (2,600 ft), East Balcony and back or all the way to Dirty Harry's Peak (4,600 ft).

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.
  • If you're leaving from the Putrid Pete's Peak Trailhead, please review the Ira Spring Trail route/place to be sure a trip is not leaving from this trailhead on the same day.
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,900 ft
  • 2,800 ft
  • Land Manager: Middle Fork NRCA
  • Parking Permit Required: Discover Pass
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 20
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
Map
  • Green Trails Bandera No. 206
  • Green Trails Mount Si NRCA No. 206S
  • Green Trails Middle Fork Snoqualmie No. 174S
Activities

Upcoming Activities



Conditioning Hikes - Dirty Harry's Balcony & East Balcony

Day Hiking Field trip: Alpine Scrambling Course
After work - Scramble conditioning hike
Difficulty: Moderate
Tue, Mar 3, 2020
No Prerequisites
1 participant 0 instructors
Registration closes Mar 1
Seattle Branch

Conditioning Hikes - Dirty Harry's Peak, Balcony & East Balcony

Day Hiking Field trip: Alpine Scrambling Course
Seattle Alpine Scramble Course Conditioning Hike
Difficulty: Moderate
Wed, Apr 1, 2020
No Prerequisites
7 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Mar 30
Seattle Branch

Conditioning Hike - Dirty Harry's Peak, Balcony & East Balcony

Day Hiking Field trip: Compressed Alpine Scrambling Course
A scramble conditioning hike for students, Approximately 8 miles with 3200' elevation gain....
Difficulty: Moderate
Tue, Apr 7, 2020
No Prerequisites
1 participant 0 instructors
Registration closes Apr 5
Foothills Branch

Alpine Scramble - Dirty Harry's Balcony

Scrambling Trip
This is a terrain-familiarization trip for leaders and instructors who will be teaching at Dirty
Difficulty: Moderate
Wed, Apr 8, 2020
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
2 participants 0 leaders
Registration closes Apr 6
Foothills Branch

Conditioning Hikes - Dirty Harry's Peak, Balcony & East Balcony

Day Hiking Field trip: Alpine Scrambling Course
Seattle Alpine Scramble Conditioning Hike - midweek daytime hike
Difficulty: Moderate
Mon, Apr 13, 2020
No Prerequisites
4 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Apr 11
Seattle Branch

Day Hike - Dirty Harry's Balcony

Day Hiking Trip
After Hours Conditioning Hike at a Moderate Pace
Difficulty: Moderate
Wed, Apr 15, 2020
No Prerequisites
11 participants
Registration opens Mar 9
Foothills Branch

CHS 1 Hike - Dirty Harry's Balcony

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
CHS hike led at a CHS 1 pace (1.5-2.0 mph)
Difficulty: Moderate
Fri, Apr 17, 2020
No Prerequisites
10 participants
Registration opens Mar 25
Seattle Branch

Rock & Snow Field Trip (Saturday & Sunday) - Dirty Harry's Peak, Balcony & East Balcony

Scrambling Field trip: Alpine Scrambling Course
Day 1 of 2 for a full weekend of back-to-back field trips to learn and
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Apr 18, 2020
No Prerequisites
6 participants 0 instructors
Registration opens Apr 13; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch

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
0 participants 1 instructor on waitlist
Registration closes Apr 12
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 6 instructors
Canceled
Foothills Branch

Rock Scrambling - Back Up Date - Dirty Harry's Balcony

Scrambling Field trip: Compressed Alpine Scrambling Course
This is a back up date in case the primary date gets weathered out.
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Apr 25, 2020
No Prerequisites
2 participants 4 instructors
Registration closes Apr 12
Foothills Branch

Rock & Snow Field Trip (Students Do Not Register, for Records-only) - Dirty Harry's Peak, Balcony & East Balcony

Scrambling Field trip: Alpine Scrambling Course
Day 2 of 2 for a full weekend of back-to-back field trips to learn and
Difficulty: Moderate
Sun, Apr 26, 2020
No Prerequisites
7 participants 0 instructors
Registration opens Apr 25; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch

Rock & Snow Field Trip (Students Do Not Register, for Records-only) - Dirty Harry's Peak, Balcony & East Balcony

Scrambling Field trip: Alpine Scrambling Course
Day 2 of 2 for a full weekend of back-to-back field trips to learn and
Difficulty: Moderate
Sun, May 3, 2020
No Prerequisites
8 participants 0 instructors
Registration opens May 2; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch

CHS Tacoma May Hikes - Dirty Harry's Balcony

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
Trip will initially open to Tacoma Branch Conditioning Hiking Students. Trip will open for registration
Difficulty: Moderate
Wed, May 6, 2020
No Prerequisites
8 participants
Registration opens Apr 21
Tacoma Branch

Rock & Snow Field Trip (Saturday & Sunday) - Dirty Harry's Peak, Balcony & East Balcony

Scrambling Field trip: Alpine Scrambling Course
Day 1 of 2 for a full weekend of back-to-back field trips to learn and
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, May 16, 2020
No Prerequisites
7 participants 1 instructor
Registration opens Apr 13; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch

Field Trip - Hiking - Dirty Harry's Balcony

Youth Youth activity: Tacoma Mountaineers Summer Camp
Summer Camp field trip to go on a day hike in the wilderness!
Wed, Jul 8, 2020
No Prerequisites
15 participants 2 instructors
Registration closes Jul 6
Tacoma Branch
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  • Dirty Harry's Balcony
  • Dirty Harry's Peak
  • Dirty Harry's Balcony & Peak
  • Dirty Harry's Peak Trail
  • Dirty Harry's Balcony & East Balcony
  • Dirty Harry's Balcony & East Balcony via Putrid Pete's Peak Trail
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