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 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.
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.