Dirty Harry's Trail (CLOSED)

HARD 47 reviews

Dirty Harry's Trail (CLOSED) is a 6.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near North Bend, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

6.4 miles
3,264 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


over grown



washed out


Please note trail is indefinitely closed due to extreme overgrowth and washout. Dirty Harry's Peak can still be accessed via new trailhead on the Birdhouse Trail located at the main parking lot. Please see nearby trail called "Dirty Harry's Peak via Birdhouse Trail." The new trail still passes through Dirty Harry's Balcony and up to Dirty Harry's Peak.

4 months ago

Hiked Dirty Harry's Peak up the old logging road/original trail on the All Trails Map. DO NOT DO THIS! (Also marked as Dirty Harrys Balcony Trail on AllTrails). - it's completely covered in downed trees, logs, rocks, boulders, berms and difficult and time-consuming to traverse, plus I believe it is supposed to be "closed". - Take the Bird House Trail Up - immediate right after the bridge over the river. It's a good trail, unlike the old logging road, and merges into the trail near Dirty Harrys Balcony. We merged on the new trail at about 2500 feet on the way up - the rest of the trail is much better - minimal snow on top - no need for micro spikes. Bugs were minimal. I'd give it a 5 star taking the Bird House Trail up and back. A good mix of Tenerife and Mailbox like trails.

5 months 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)

5 months ago

The main trailhead is washed out so to get up to the peak, you must park at the main parking lot and use the little path next to the trailhead. It'll bring you out to the main road.. take a left and walk to the bridge. On the right side, you'll see a little trail.. this will bring you up to the main trail and bypass all of the debris. It was a leg burner but was BEAUTIFUL and WARM out. Lots of little mosquitos so I would suggest bug spray. We ate lunch at the balcony and hiked on back and played in the river under the bridge. Would absolutely suggest this hike, especially on a sunny day,

9 months ago

I did this a few years ago on Memorial
Day. Lots of snow on the trail and as we tried to cook lunch on the top ridge it was snowing and blowing so the stove was not used. Good hike with great views of middle fork from the top.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

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

Sunday, July 02, 2017

The trail is completely covered in brush and fallen trees for at least a mile, we took a different trail down. I would suggest not going until it can be cleared.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

The trail is full with fallen trees all way long, this is fun for a couple miles but not for all way long. I went back on a different trail.

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!

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Difficult and steady incline throughout the hike but the view at the top is 100% worth it. Muddy at parts. Saw only one other person on the way down.

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.

Friday, July 01, 2016

This trail is actually 8.6 miles from trailhead to peak with an extra .6 each way road walking as you cannot park by the trailhead. Such a variety of things on the trail, cool run off water at a couple points in the trail you walk through. No snow. Where there was water there were bugs but not a ton of mosquitos. It was pretty steep the whole way but so worth it with the views in the end. They were working on new trails up there so keep to the left unless you want to run into workers and muddy conditions.

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.

trail running
Sunday, May 01, 2016

Challenging muddy rocky trail ... Tones of fun ,snow last 3/4 of the trail ...

Monday, April 25, 2016

Great trail, but glad I used my GPS. The trailhead is about half a mile from the parking lot. I loved the old plank bridge. The trail is very rocky and in many places doubles as a stream bed. One stream crossing was a little difficult. I inadvertently took a side trail by the rock field around mile three. There was still snow for about the last half mile, but fairly easy to hike without spikes. I didn't encounter anyone until I was almost done. I liked this hike, not as difficult as Teneriffe or Mailbox, but fun and challenging.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

This is a nice hike and the over look at the Balcony is a great view. The trail condition is harsh. once you get past the turn off at Cairn Tree for the Balcony it improves greatly but before that the trail condition is bad. It makes the hike a lot harder than it is. i recommend you take the Birdhouse trail up (stop at birdhouse's over look, it's actually better than the Balcony) and follow that trail to the Balcony trail and go from there.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Trail is a tough climb but fun. There was snow for the last half mile. Even though it's not a super long hike it is physically challenging. View is worth it.

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.

Monday, March 07, 2016

Tons of rocks on the trail, gets tiresome. Hiked with a mixed group and the side trip to the lookout on the way up is worth it. Started to snow, decided to turn back due to poor wx report.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Early Feb - very wet, you hit snow 1.5 m in. One fork in the trail might throw people off. To the right (going up) there are foot steps. It's a false trail. To the left is the actual trail. Moderately technical when wet, 2.5ish+ miles up you hit where the trail becomes a heavy stream when it's been raining. Bring poles and proper footwear.

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.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Hiked Dirty Harry's Peak today with a group of 6 people. All different ranges of hiking levels within the group. We made it up and down within 6 hours, taking a pretty long break at the top to enjoy the view. important things to note: water proof shoes is important when hiking this trail due to water streams and snow at the top. We virtually didn't see another group for almost the entire ascent and then a few more groups on the descent. I wouldn't rank this hike moderate due to high difficult the last .6 miles are within the steep incline. Overall I would recommend it to hikers with a few hikes under their belt first.

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.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Hiked this trail on a sunny Sunday; started off with dense new growth and a washed out trail with plenty of rocks. I passed Dirty Harry's old bridge which is almost non usable. Hiked up to Harry's balcony marked by an old milk can and continued on to the summit by turning left at the intersection. As I continued on, I crossed the season-long river that crosses the trail. Here they say you can find Harry's museum marked by a cable that runs into the overgrowth. I was unable to locate Harry's truck with all the overgrowth. Made it to the top in 2 hrs where I ran into one other group for the remainder of the day. Not much of a view to the south but you get a nice look at granite lake, the valley and if its clear enough mt baker. Made it back down in a total of 4 hrs. Definitely a smoker as you approach the summit.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Hiked this trail yesterday with a hiking partner. We also were the only ones on the trail and it was awesome! We attempted to go up beyond the balcony and up to the peak. We made it halfway up, about 3000 or 3200 feet and then hit the rock boulders and we weren't sure where to go from there. There was little snow on the ground and it was a beautiful sunny day so the views along the way of the surrounding mountains was beautiful! We plan to do this hike again but with a good GPS and map so we can find our way up to the actual peak. Even in the summer time, it's necessary to wear water resistant or water proof shoes. Most of the hike is walking up streams and up muddy terrain.

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