Dirty Harry's Peak
Recent trail work in the summer of 2018 makes this peak a great close-to-Seattle day hike in a few hours and a good alternative hike to Mount Si.
This is a difficult out and back trail to Dirty Harry's Peak in Middle Fork Snoqualmie Natural Resources Conservation Area.
Share the trailhead and beginning of trail with rock climbers looking for a day of cragging.
This trail goes by The Grit Scone, Overhaul, Truck Town, Truck Town Cave, Sun Vista Slab, The Cirque, Interstate Park, Dirty Harry's Rest Stop, Headlight Point, Squishy Bell, Eastern Block, Winter Block, and Dirty Harry's Balcony.
After passing the popular climbing turn-offs, follow the signs along the trail. Pass a short junction off the right for the Little Balcony. From the balcony, the trail starts to climb steeper up an old mining road. Hang in there as you'll be rewarded with views of Mount Rainier and Mount Baker.
A Discover Pass is required to park at the trailhead. You can purchase a day-use pass at the parking lot or consider buying an annual permit.
The hike includes steep terrain and cliff areas that could be dangerous for children.
The trail was closed during the summer of 2018 for trail work. Though I hadn't been on the trail prior, the current trail has plenty of signs and is easy to follow. The trail work also rerouted a small section on the trail from the map but it's hard to get off trail. Consider hiking to the balcony for a shorter hike. I'm still sore a couple days after hiking as the top section gets steeper towards the top and follows old mining roads. From the top, you can see distant view of Rainier and Baker. ★ ★ ★ ★