Intro to Frontcountry Trail Running - Dirty Harry's Balcony

Field trip: Introduction to Trail Running: Frontcountry

Intro to Frontcountry Trail Running - Dirty Harry's Balcony

Learn and practice trail running skills at a local frontcountry trail. We will cover techniques for fast hiking/running uphill, safety, and other topics of interest to the group.

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  • *Varies*, Moderate, Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,900 ft
  • Pace: 12-20 mins/mile

Meet at Dirty Harry's Balcony Trailhead at 6:00PM ready to run.  Discover Pass is  required. A carpool option will be available for those who are interested.  Details to be sent prior to the trip. 

We will run as a group, take turns leading, and participate in navigation. We will fast hike/jog uphill and run/jog downhills.  If the weather is nice, we'll take a short break at the Balcony to drink and enjoy the view. 

Please read the trail description prior to the run:

This session focuses on skill-building. A suggested gear list will be provided at the classroom session.

Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Permit Information

Note to trip leaders: because this is DNR land and a permit is required, you cannot change the date of this field trip. You're welcome to change the location to another route that isn't DNR land if you need to change the date.

Note to trip leader(s) and participants: please look for a communication from The Mountaineers about your participation in this field trip. This is part of the permit from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources that was required to hold this field trip in this location. 


Dirty Harry's Peak, Balcony & East Balcony

  • Green Trails Bandera No. 206

    Green Trails Mount Si NRCA No. 206S

    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.

  • Headlamp and running shoes are required.
  • Waterproof jacket, gloves, and poles are recommended.
  • A small day pack is recommended.
  • Bring snacks and water as needed.
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