Dirty Harry’s Balcony via Birdhouse Trail
Dirty Harry’s Balcony via Birdhouse Trail

Dirty Harry’s Balcony via Birdhouse Trail

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Dirty Harry’s Balcony via Birdhouse Trail

Dirty Harry’s Balcony via Birdhouse Trail

Distance: 4.1mi
Elevation: 1,358ft
Time: 2.5-3h

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Dirty Harry’s Balcony via Birdhouse Trail is a heavily trafficked out-and-back trail near Snoqualmie Pass that is rated as moderate. This trailhead is now the only recommended way to reach Dirty Harry’s Peak and Dirty Harry’s Balcony as the original trailhead is severely overgrown. The balcony offers views of the entrance to Snoqualmie Pass.

Dirty Harry’s Balcony via Birdhouse Trail Map

Getting there

The trailhead for Dirty Harry’s Balcony via Birdhouse Trail is at the Olallie State Park Far Side Trailhead off Grouse Ridge Road.

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Backcountry Campground

No

When to do

March-November

Pets allowed

Yes - On Leash

Family friendly

Older Children only

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

High

Route Type

Out and back


Dirty Harry’s Balcony via Birdhouse Trail
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Dirty Harry’s Balcony Description

Birdhouse Trail is the best way to reach Dirty Harry’s Balcony now, as the original trailhead has become very overgrown. If you’re headed to Dirty Harry’s Peak, we offer a route guide for that trail as well.

The hike begins from Olallie State Park Far side Trailhead. Walk across the river on the road and turn right onto Dirty Harry’s Peak Trail. Gain elevation as you hike, with spur trails to viewpoints intersecting frequently before the switchbacks (feel free to head down to check them out: the Grit Scone, Overhaul, Sun Vista Slab, Interstate Park, etc.).

The route begins to switchback, and continues to do so to again about 820ft of elevation. After a straighter stretch, the intersection with the side trail to Dirty Harry’s Balcony will be on your right. Take this trail and reach the balcony, which has splendid views of Snoqualmie Pass.

When you’re ready, retrace your steps back to the trailhead.

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