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).


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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