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Dirty Harry's Peak via Birdhouse Trail

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Dirty Harry's Peak via Birdhouse Trail is a 8.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Snoqualmie Pass, Washington that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 8.1 miles Elevation Gain: 3,602 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

river

views

wildlife

over grown

rocky

snow

Harry's Peak can be accessed via Birdhouse trail. The old trailhead to Harry's Peak is now completely overgrown. Some overgrowth will also be experienced on the trek between Dirty Harry's Balcony to Dirty Harry's Peak. Please note that the old Dirty Harry's Trail is no longer open from trailhead because of extreme overgrowth. Please use Birdhouse Trail on ascent and descent to avoid unsafe conditions.

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
1 month ago

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

Pretty standard pnw trail. Over loops on main trail are of valley and highway. Not bad. We continued up to the museum which we initially bypassed when we missed e little side trail. If you are looking for the museum, keep hiking until you hit the main waterfall across the path. Then backtrack a little and find the trail up into the woods. You’ll head up to another open trail out of the trees and take a right. Follow the cairns up the hill which doubles back to the stream higher up. Pretty cool rusty truck and debris.

hiking
2 months ago

Was not planning on doing this trail but our GPS took us here instead if our original plan, it's been on my list anyway so we decided to roll with it and head up. Trail is in decent shape with plenty of signage until you pass the balcony. Plenty or great viewpoints around the 2 mile mark but nothing I haven't seen on other hikes in the area. After the balcony the elavation gain really begins, didn't notice any signage after the junction but the trail is clear to see. We didn't make it to the peak due to time constraints but still had a beautiful day outside! We clocked in around 10 miles total (without even making it to the peak... SO close!) so the listed mileage is a little off. Bring plenty of water! And no snow as of 11/5.

Hiked 10/24. Trail was in great condition all the way up to the junction of the balcony and the peak trail. Continuing on up the peak trail is a grind and shows its logging road history. Limited snow above 4000’ but pretty spotty no spikes needed Total distance to the west view point 9 miles r/t.

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

I got to the trail head at 10:00am on Columbus day. There were only two other cars in the parking lot and I didn't see the people untill I was halfway to the top and they were on their way down. It was pretty chilly at the start when you are down low in the fog and in the trees, but I was down to shorts and a t-shirt by the middle of the hike up. There are lots of designated climbing places to stop if you want. I stopped at a few and did some bouldering in my running shoes, if like to try them out again in my climbing shoes, definitely some nice routes. A few places have good climb downs, but the areas are mostly intended for actual lead climbing. The first half of the trail is pretty mellow, softer ground, in the trees, man-made rock stairs up the switchbacks. Once you hit the halfway point it gets way steeper and more natural. The terrain is way more Rocky and firm, a few small streams to walk over, with a couple of slightly muddy spots. The last mile was crazy fun. It was a good challenge to keep working up the really steep mountainside without stopping. All of the fun places to stop are during the first 3/4 of the hike but the summit is worth the effort of the last stretch. There were small patches of snow at the top, and I think the view was slectacular. It was a bluebird day and I could see all the was down the other side of the mountain and into the small body of water at the base. Running down the last steep sections was rough on the body, walking would have been smarter. Running down the first 3/4 of the trail was more pleasant, the ground was more forgiving, and the grade was less Intense. I brought my dog and there wasn't anything he couldn't do so definitely a good place if you want a challenging hike but still want to bring your pet. The trail is in very good condition, lots of fun with lots of cool places to stop and look around, as well as a small waterfall section that you can dip your body into the icy water. The only con is that you can hear the highway for most, if not all, of the hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Well maintained trail with several excellent vistas. The museum is worth the detour.

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

Trail is in great condition till the intersection with Dirty Harry's Balcony. After that the trail is still in pretty good condition though it becomes a lot steeper and there is some loose rock in some sections. Hiking poles were nice but probably not necessary. The AllTrails mileage is a bit short on this one, I recorded 9.3 miles round trip (including the short side trip to Dirty Harry's Balcony).

hiking
4 months ago

This trail is definitely split into two separate sections that are very different. The first half is very casual and relatively flat, plus it features plenty of rock climbing walls as an added bit of entertainment. The second section is super steep, quite difficult and without very many interesting features. Contrary to how other reviewers felt, I found the view from the top WAS absolutely worth the climb. Once you’re up there it takes a second to find a cozy place but they exist.

hiking
over grown
rocky
washed out
4 months ago

The front half of this trail is scenic and a really nice hike. The back half is forgettable aside from the small summit area that has a decent view.

Definitely a challenge the last couple of miles, but the view makes it well worth the effort. Clearly marked paths and lots of rock climbing access at the beginning of the trail. Parking was easy - bring your discover pass!

hiking
rocky
5 months ago

A bit of a leg/lung burner the final 2 miles. Trail in great shape, unfortunately too cloudy for any type of view. My Garmin records just about 9mi round trip. Definitely not 8.1.

hiking
rocky
6 months ago

Great hike, it gets really rocky and steep after you pass the balcony but outs thought worth it for the view

hiking
7 months ago

Worth the name, especially on a rainy day

DHPT - trail has new signage and is very well marked and the trail is easy to follow all the way to the summit of DHP. The AllTrails directions for DHP trailhead were way off; they were saying go to exit 34 versus the Cairn’s directions for exit 38 that go directly to the DHP TRAILHEAD where there is plenty of parking. The trail has a clear entry point from the road and all the way up is well marked with signage for all of the rock climbing areas. Discovery pass required to park in the area off of exit 38 per the directions from cairn. There are lots of ferns in the lower areas and Lots of blooming beargrass in the upper part of the trail and purple and white snapdragons. It was a complete white-out at the top of dirty Harry’s peak making it impossible for me to find the trail to Dirty Box Peak which I was my planning to hike as well. On the way down I did a side excursion to explore Dirty Harry’s museum and saw the old logging truck. Pretty amazing that they were able to get the old truck up the steep old logging roads.

7 months ago

Trail is in great shape. A few small streams to cross but no problem. This trail is not such a secret anymore. Lots of people heading up and arriving at trailhead by noon.

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Our first time on this trail. Great trail conditions and the trail is very well marked. The 8.1 is not accurate. This was 11 miles round trip. Last two miles going up is very steep with few switchbacks. No snow anywhere. Weather was great. Surprisingly, not crowded on this holiday weekend.

hiking
rocky
snow
8 months ago

Love this trail ! Nicely shaded , great walking path, constant incline, and lots of spots to stop for view points. Last two miles get steep and it ends with a beautiful view, with a few rocks to sit on and enjoy. Great leg work out and endurance :)

Great trail!

hiking
snow
8 months ago

Steep hike with good viewpoints and opportunities to shorten hike if you are not up to make it to the peak. Snow on the trail for last 3/4 mile made for some good boot skiing on the way down. Poles and spikes recommended if you are going to the top. Trail is very well marked and easy to follow.

Trail was great and a lot less crowded than many of the hikes on 90. The last mile to the peak is snow covered and steep. We didn’t have crampons, but really wished we did.

hiking
snow
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

trail was a little wet/muddy but nothing bad. saw some families and dogs at the beginning. snow starts about 600' from the top. I brought spikes and was fine.

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