A Soggy Walk Up A Dirty, Harry Trail
✍️ • 🕑 • Series: Steve in Seattle • Tags: pnw hikes • dreary days • Places: Dirty Harry's Balcony
On the 6th of November, I finally got around to venturing out on a Washington-area hike for the first time this year. How would it compare to the Pennsylvania hikes I have become so accustomed to?
Well, to put it bluntly, the difference was steep. That is to say that I had a much higher elevation gain:mileage ratio on this trail, than I would have on the ones nearest my parents' home.
But, wow, it was an enjoyable experience... Other than the rain and sleet, and so forth.
The trail itself is popular, and well-trodden. It is a pretty darn clean, and easy path, quite easy to follow with lots of switchbacks and so forth.
|Name||Dirty Harry Peak Trail|
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After I passed Dirty Harry's Balcony, I crossed paths with two hikers coming down. They asked me if I was planning to go all the way to the end, through a path where I might encounter "3 to 6 inches" of snow. This seemed dodgy for me in my trail runners, but given that these fellows were in similar footwear, and one of them was wearing shorts... well, I figured I'd keep going until I reached a point where I wanted to call it quits.
Turns out, I reached that point before the end of the trail, because I decided to "nope" out on the stream crossing. I figured there was a non-zero chance of getting my feet totally soaked, and I felt like treating my extremities with caution and care.
So, down I went.
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