Dirtyface Peak Trail

HARD 35 reviews

Dirtyface Peak Trail is a 7.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Leavenworth, Washington that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,943 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

blowdown

bugs

snow

Directions from Lake Wenatchee: Travel northwest on State Route 207 to the Lake Wenatchee Ranger Station.

hiking
1 month ago

Sooo many bugs. They were worst at the beginning of the trail and near the top. This trail is definitely a work out and gets lots of sun. Sunscreen and bug spray are a must. WTA must have come recently because most of the down trees were cleared. A few more had recently blown down but they were easy to step over. This trail does go through a recent burn area, hiking through this area would be dangerous on a windy day. This hike would only be better if it weren’t for the incessant bugs.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail was good, a few trees were down. it was a great workout and awesome veiw!

2 months ago

No snow. Tons of mosquitos the entire way. Very dirty. Still beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

Butt kicker! Went with two teen girls and we all made the top. Once up 1/2 mi. from top snow ate the trail, just go up hill(duh) going down was dangerously fun falling lots. Awesome alpine views at top. Worth it. Mosquitoville all the way on 5/20 ay

hiking
2 months ago

Summited this Memorial Day weekend. It’s a great workout on the way up, but not very well maintained. There were fallen trees all over the trail. I made the mistake of wearing shorts and my legs got totally scraped up climbing over them. Bushes along the trail have overtaken it in some spots, so watch out for ticks! I think it just needs some TLC from Washington Trails Association. Still some snow during the last mile, but nothing I couldn’t handle with some careful footing. It’s a long one, but the view is nice once you get to the top!

hiking
2 months ago

Good trail to the summit, but lots of dead standing timber ready to fall or burn. Saw one tree fall near trail, heard another fall and saw one hanging precariously over the trail. Small amount of snow near top on trail but can be circumvented easily if desired.

hiking
3 months ago

Strong workout. Nice views at the top but nothing outstanding. Lots of fallen trees that are annoying if you like to walk at a steady pace. BUGS!!!!
We're glad we did it, but we'll not do it again.

hiking
3 months ago

We summited on May 5. Great hike until about 5k feet when the snow got pretty deep. You’ll want a downloaded trail map to find your way. Snowshoes and poles with baskets also a good idea. Bring lots of water, that last climb is a burner but well worth it.

hiking
4 months ago

In the snow, this hike was OK. Only made it about 70-80% up. Did it in sneakers and kept punching through the snow near the top. First time hiking this trail so no idea where I was going. Followed the snowshoe tracks until they stopped.

Sad - no good pictures and not much to see. But then again, didnt do the entire hike.

trail running
11 months ago

Great trail run with some runable sections on the way up and lots of fun running on the way back down. Plenty of rocks, trees, roots etc to jump around, climb over/under. Distance seems to be exactly like others had mentioned, about 4.5m each way. Definitely a good training run if your looking to get some quick elevation.

hiking
Friday, June 23, 2017

Woof this trail is an ass kicker. The stats here are wrong, it's 4.5 miles up (9 miles roundtrip) and 3950 elevation gain. I made the late decision to hike up, leaving the trailhead just before 1pm. The lower part of the trail on an 80ish degree day is sooooo hot, I about heat stroked, but at least as I hiked up I caught more shade. July/August HIKE EARLY or LATE. I was so happy to reach some shade on the old logging road halfway up, which is the only break in the constant incline or decline of this trail. There is still abundant water along the way, I crossed the spring twice more above the point where the little trail sign apparently marks the last of the reliable water sources. There were a handful of trees across the trail, nothing very daunting to cross, but I was glad I had left the bigger, less athletic dog at home, while little sporty dog ran circles around me. There was almost no wind, even up top, and the bugs were pretty horrendous. I coated myself with 30% DEET before heading up and I got eaten alive on the way back down in late afternoon. Wildflowers are blooming, not a a real attraction of this trail but more of a nice bonus, there are far better trails for flowers. Saw western tanagers and bluebirds, stellar jays, and 4 of these large, dull/dark colored birds perched on branches, calling to each other up the hill and which I have no idea?? I wish I had worn trail runners instead of boots, the bushy stuff didn't bother me in shorts and there are only a few wet areas on the trail anymore, and it's not super rocky, but I would have appreciated the lighter shoes--I was whooped at the bottom. Glad to have trekking poles on the descent. Straightforward hike, nothing technical and obvious route. Enjoy! 

hiking
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Good hike! Some fallen trees blocking the trail occasionally but nothing we couldn't get past. Scariest part for me was going through some very thick underbrush alongside a sheer drop into a ravine -- these are the times where it would have been nice to have seen the trail.

Very steep towards the end, I was huffing and puffing, but I'm not in the best shape, so results may vary.

Also, at one point about a third of the way in the trail cuts across a trickle of a waterfall, but it deceptively LOOKS like the trail keeps going up alongside the waterfall -- very easy to get off the trail by accident here, it actually happened to several hikers we were on the trail with.

Also note: Significant amounts of the trail are unshaded, you're just baking on a mountainside as you climb. Those of you who burn easily, pack accordingly.

hiking
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Beautiful quiet hike ..trail is a bit overgrown at times . Trailhead not clearly marked . Wildflowers were extraordinary !

hiking
Sunday, May 10, 2015

This trail was awesome! Hiked it on May 3rd. It was a little difficult to find the way around once we got to the snow, but the views at the top were outstanding. Just to note, the trail is 4.5 up and 4.5 down. bring plenty of water and snacks! we were a little low on snacks and it made the way back down a little more difficult.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

This hike was no joke! My husband and I counted 99 switchbacks. The views however, are absolutely spectacular and worth every step. The trail doesn't seem too terribly well traveled as there is a lot of shrubs and plant overgrowth. We prefer hikes where we don't see a lot of others on the trail so this was not a problem, we only ran into 4 other groups.

hiking
Monday, May 26, 2014

Lake Wenatchee can get very windy. There were also some forest fires in the area several years ago. So it makes sense that there are several downed trees on this trail. You'll have to go over and under about 20 trees but the trail is otherwise in decent shape. I ran into snow about 3/4 mile from the top. From that point the "trail" became a steep scramble straight up through 3 ft deep soft snow which was very slippery on the way down. I brought micro-spikes which made it a little easier. Nice views of Lake Wenatchee and Fish Lake as well as surrounding peaks in every direction from the top. Wildflowers were blooming on the lower section of the trail. I started at noon and was back at the car around 5pm. It was a good early season workout - especially the top part. Overall I enjoyed it.

hiking
Sunday, June 02, 2013

This is a really great hike with a 360 degree view at the top. However, the final 1000 feet up (this is a guesstimate) are snow. This made it challenging. Luckily I met strangers who were really great trail people to connect with and I wouldn't have finished the hike had I not because I was a female and hiking solo. To compare the difficulty of this hike to those I know well, it is between dog mountain and mount defiance in the columbia river gorge. Maybe not even as steep. The hard part was the snow near the top.

hiking
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I hated this hike! Steep with no mercy. But I probably feel that way because it was one of my first high hikes. Maybe I would feel a little differently today if i tried it again, but I really have no desire to go back.

hiking
Monday, June 04, 2012

Good steeper trail. Snow 3/4 way up to lookout, continued onto other points on the ridge.

hiking
Monday, September 26, 2011

Steep but not terribly so, this is a pretty trail that sees few visitors. All 3 times I was there I had the trail to myself. No real water crossings but snow patches as you gain elevation. One of my favorites.

hiking
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

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