4 miles
Distance
2,926 ft
Climb
-94 ft
Descent
4,238 ft
High Point

Details

  • Activities
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Snoqualmie Pass
    North Bend, Washington
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Hiking [+]
    • 80 in Trail Running

When looking for a relatively unknown but easy-to-traverse summit hike in the Snoqualmie River Valley, you've got to ask yourself one question:
"Do I feel lucky?"

Dirty Harry's Peak, known by some mountaineers as West Defiance Mountain, presents just such an experience. Conveniently located between two well-hiked peaks, Mailbox Peak and Mount Defiance, Dirty Harry's Peak is surprisingly underrated and untested by most hikers. This summit hike offers a scenic, easy-to-follow route crossing small streams and offering several breathtaking viewpoints.

The route has a 3300' elevation gain from the trailhead to the summit, in approximately four miles, giving this route an overall moderate difficulty but a pleasant experience.

Several decades ago, Harry Gault was a local independent logger who gained a reputation for relentless logging near North Bend, Washington. He built roads and logged trees in places thought by other loggers to be too inaccessible to attempt. This reputation eventually led people to give him the nickname of "Dirty Harry".

Now, many years after "Dirty Harry" stopped logging on his namesake peak, some rusty artifacts from his logging past can still be found along and near his old logging road. Harry had even left behind an old truck and some other logging artifacts at an undisclosed location he called the "Museum", also known as "Dirty Harry's Museum". Most hikers looking for this "Museum" never find it, as every year it becomes more hidden by brush and trees.

Access Info

From Seattle, take exit 38 towards the Fire Training Academy. After exiting, head right at the stop sign and drive 1.8 miles. The road comes to a junction. Turn left to go underneath the freeway and you will see the parking lot ahead of you with a trailhead sign and a bathroom.

Disclaimer

Multiple people have claimed seeing the yellow gate being closed at times other than 4:00 PM.

More Stats for Dirty Harry Peak Trail hike trail
  • Altitude change
    2,832 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,406 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,406 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,239 ft
  • Grade
    14.4%
  • Grade max
    -16.3%
  • Grade min
    80.1%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    1,512 ft
  • Distance flat
    157 ft
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      May 23, 2020 @ 8:18am
      May 23, 2020
      Crazy busy - might want to explore elsewhere if looking for space
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