Intro to Trail Running: Backcountry Field Trip

Field trip: Introduction to Trail Running: Backcountry

Intro to Trail Running: Backcountry Field Trip - Dirty Harry's Balcony & East Balcony via Putrid Pete's Peak Trail

Enjoy the new Dirty Harry's Peak Trail to the balcony overlook!

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 4.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,300 ft

Note change of location!

The Mountaineers website doesn't list the exact route we will do. Instead of going via Putrid Pete's, let's meet at the parking lot off exit 38 and go out and back on the Dirty Harry's Peak trail to the balcony. From the parking area, you run into the woods for less than 100 yards, before emerging to cross the road and pass over a bridge, then an immediate right turn onto the trail just where the bridge ends. From there the trail is very well marked.

Meet at the trailhead at 7:00pm, ready to run. There is an outhouse at this trailhead.

A Discover pass is required to park at this trailhead.

Driving directions are available from the WTA's webpage here.

Topic TBA.

This is one of the course field trips rated as moderate.


Dirty Harry's Peak, Balcony & East Balcony

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    Green Trails Middle Fork Snoqualmie No. 174S
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Please wear layers of breathable, technical clothing suitable for outdoor aerobic activities for this course's outdoor activities.

  • Waterproof jacket, hat, buff, gloves, sunglasses; running-specific gaiters recommended
  • Trail running shoes
  • A small day pack suitable for trail running
  • Bring snacks and water
  • Trail running-adapted ten essentials
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