Dirty Harry's Peak via trail
At 9:00 AM I walked past the open yellow gate (with a sign stating
that it would be closed at 4 PM and there is no other way out) and
headed for Dirty Harry's Road. When I returned to my car at 4:15 PM
the gate was still open.
Parts of the Dirty Harry's road-trail are awfully rocky, other parts
have been mistaken for a creek bed by various creeks (waterproof your
boots), there's a rotten old bridge right at the start, and towards
the end it gets quite steep. The views from the top are very
good. It's not a crowded trail -- I was the only person on the trail
for the whole of this sunny Monday. There was enough snow in the last
mile to make snowshoes handy but not necessary. Perhaps my favorite
part of the hike was all the icicles hanging off of the trees.
My half-hearted search for Dirty Harry's Museum met with no
success. Maybe another time.
On my way back I tried to find the unnamed lake to the east of the
talus slope. Greentrails map 206S shows a trail to it, but the
well-pruned trail I took ended after turning left out of the creek bed
it followed. I'll have to come back when there's no snow and see if
the way is more obvious.
On my way back I also went over to the balcony, the balcony trail was
clearly marked by an old rusted Pennzoil can on a stick. On the short
trail to the balcony I noticed a trail that forked east, so I followed
it for a mile or so. It's quite easy to follow (plus it has scads of
ribbons), but is very steep in spots and has some challenging creek
crossings. A nice balcony to the east of Dirty Harry's Balcony is
accessible via this trail. I'll have to come back someday and find out
where the trail leads. (It goes to Putrid Pete's Peak and the Mason Lake
South Fork Snoqualmie Drainage
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