Dirty Harry's Balcony Trail [CLOSED]

MODERATE 32 reviews

Dirty Harry's Balcony Trail [CLOSED] is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near North Bend, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.0 miles
1354 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


Follows an old logging road trail to mountain and valley views.

9 days ago

Got a bit turned around in the last quarter mile and couldn't find the balcony. Headed back since the sun was coming down. Will come back and try again! Trail is marked poorly (rocky/downed trees) - would like to come back when I have more time and put markers up.

Cut my own trail for certain portions. Bugs are out and saw a Mountain Kingsnake. Trail sees very little traffic. On the bright side I saw some great wildflowers and got a good workout in with the pup.

10 days ago

Trail is open now and is fantastic - for the distance and effort, the payoff is among the best I’ve seen in WA.

The access to it is just over the bridge on the right-hand side - you have to cross over the bridge’s barrier to start the trail.

10 months ago

Is this open now? Where going to hike here tomorrow.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

The trail is closed due to downed trees. I wouldn't want to give this a low review otherwise but I don't want people to come all the way out here for nothing. The trail head is difficult to find. Follow the access road like everyone else says and I recommend keeping an eye on the all trails map. You'll see where you're off path if you pass it. I posted a picture of about where the trail head starts on the map. Idk when it will be open again.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

The trailhead is a little difficult to find. You have to park at the gate and walk up the road toward the Fire Training Academy. The trailhead is unmarked, but pretty clearly visible on the right hand side at a bend in the road.

The hike up to the balcony is pleasant and not too strenuous. When you get to the balcony, you'll be able to see up I-90 for quite a ways. It's pretty cool!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Very tricky to find the trail, and was tricky at the couple of marked turns you need to take to get to the balcony. The view was worth it though, even on a cloudy day.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Trail head is unmarked and difficult to find if you are unsure were it starts. From parking lot you need walk .5 mile up the road. Look for a washed out riverbed or old road on the left. Trail is mostly a constant up hill over rocks and not the greatest scenically. The only reason to take this hike is for the view at the end. Very nice. It's also not very busy you will likely not see more than 1 or 2 other hikers.

Monday, April 11, 2016

1.8 Miles from top to bottom. 1/3 of the way is a small plank to cross a creak. When you see a old rusted out 5 gallon gas can with stones stacked up near it hang a right. The Balcony is only another .2 miles from there. Great View! Highly recommend solid hiking shoes. The trail is almost all river rock which can make the hike seem longer.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Trail was fine going up. Really rocky. But to get to the balcony was really hard to find. DO NOT take the back way down unless you know the trail. The trail is not clearly defined. We got lost and had to backtrack to get to the original trail.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

10/12/2015 (Monday) -- It's just 2 miles one way and 1300 ft elevation gain, but makes me feel longer and more strenuous than expected, because the trail is all stones, big and small. This requires hiking shoes with thick sole. Today is Columbus Day, but I only met a mom-and-daughter group at the foot of the balcony. The last 0.1 mile boot path to the balcony is not easy to distinguish. The view on the ledge makes the trek worthwhile, especially the awesome tower of McClellan Butte. The trailhead parking lot is part of the Olalie State Park, and requires Discover Pass.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Beautiful foggy views! Loved every second.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Rocky slog through dense second growth for an open view of the I-90 corridot

Friday, June 12, 2015

The trail is an old creek bed so it's all rock. Not my favorite.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Parking is before the gate, 1/2 mile from trailhead, that's on the right side of the road running into the park. The glorified "trail" is a creekbed that runs the length of the hike and luckily it was dry for most of today's hike. Even though dry for the day, wear sturdy boots that protect you from any turned ankles and the occasional loose rock, wouldn't want to try this during a wet season. 1.5 miles from trailhead look for the rusted and bullet ridden metal bucket on the trail, turn right and proceed 0.5 miles to the Ledge for a spectacular view. Tried to go up to Dirty Harry's Peak, but after getting my boots wet up by Harry's museum at 1700 ft, I decided to head on down to protect my aching feet. Good views worth the pain.

Saturday, August 31, 2013


My wife and I did the balcony and then continued on to the truck up Museum Creek before turning around last weekend and although not the most spectacular of hikes it is pretty and the scars of logging still visible so many years later are pretty interesting. The hike has a fairly solid elevation gain especially if you go beyond the balcony but the real killer is the condition of the trail. A large percentage of it is like walking up a creek bed since that is what it becomes in the wetter season. Wear footwear with good ankle support as there is a lot of loose rock along the way.

The truck while a little tough to find was worth it as it is so out of place since the final road to it has been pretty well reclaimed.

Overall a fun day of hiking even for my wife on we first time o having to brush beat to find a trail.

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