February 16, 2002 - Dirty Harry's Balcony
Elevation Gain: 1300 ft
Time up: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Time down: 50 minutes
Distance (RT): 4 miles
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
  • Dirty Harry's Balcony @ Seattle P-I

    Related Book:
    55 Hikes Around Snoqualmie Pass

  • From the west, drive I-90 to Exit 38. Take old US 10, following signs for the State Fire Training Center, to the I-90 underpass. At 0.2 miles past the underpass is a gate marked "Locked at 4pm". Follow the road (on foot if worried about the gate), and at 0.4 mile past a bridge over the Snoqualmie River (at a curve on the right) is the easy-to-miss trail/creekbed.
    The snow starts...
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    Probably the prettiest I've ever seen this trail
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    I-90 comes into the view as I posthole to the top
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    Looking to snow-covered McLellan Butte
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    Panoramic view from the top
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    All photos Copyright © Chris Duval