Dirty Harry’s Peak with Buck

Last Saturday Buck and I hiked up Dirty Harry’s Peak, a great hike I recommend to anyone and especially with a dog.   It’s not far from Bellevue — exit 38 on I-90; and it’s not crowded — on a mid-June Saturday I started at 9:00 AM and did not see a single hiker going up and only 11 people with 4 dogs on my way down.

It’s a bit of a climb – 5 miles each way and 3,300 feet elevation gain.  Including rest stops, it took us 3 hours up and 2 hours down.  After you gain about 1,200 feet of elevation (about 45 minutes for us), there’s a short 5-minute spur that takes you out on a ledge with a fantastic view of I-90 and the mountains on both side of it.

The cutoff to Diry Harry's Balcony.

Buck on the "balcony."

I-90 and surrounding mountains from the "balcony."

The trail is not officially marked and there are a few forks.  In this one, the trail to the right looks like the right one at first glance but it leads to a swamp.  The trail to the left goes to Dirty Harry’s Peak.  Other hikers have tried to mark it by placing stones pointing that direction and some dug chips out of a tree.

One of the ummarked forks

Much of the way up after the cutoff to the balcony the trail is a wide stream of water from all the melting snow, and at one point there’s a creek with no bridge that you have to cross by stepping on the rocks.

Crossing the creek.

The trail itself is a creek.

Buck takes a break in the shade.

Snow on the trail.

Buck looking for mice under the snow.

Buck at the peak.

Snow and views at the top.

A view from the top.

More views from the top.

More views from the top.

Another view from the top, with Mt. Rainier in the distance (blends in with the clouds).

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One Response to Dirty Harry’s Peak with Buck

  1. That looks like a great hike Tom! Beautiful pictures – thanks for sharing.

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