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Cherry Creek Falls

Central Cascades

Location

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
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Length

5.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 450 ft.
Highest Point: 705 ft.

Rating

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
The state forest is open to day-use but visitors must continue to physically distance on trail and avoid crowded areas.
 
 

NOTE: The Cherry Creek Falls Trail abuts private property for approximately one-half mile from the trailhead entrance. In order for hikers to continue to enjoy access privileges, please remain on main path, observe leash laws and keep noise to a minimum as a courtesy to homeowners along trail.

Cars illegally parked on the road may be ticketed or towed.

Originally the site of a logging camp in the first part of the 20th century, Cherry Creek Falls is now a popular place for locals (and visitors) to cool off after the hike in. The 25-foot falls are the final waterfall along Cherry Creek. The falls drop over a wide, rocky ledge into a large pool. This pool is inviting to hikers, but as always with waterfalls, be careful when splashing and playing in rocky areas.

Cherry Creek flows well all year long, but by autumn the left-hand side of the falls usually dries up.

From where you park, follow the road-turned-trail behind the gate and the corresponding junctions as follows. There is no trail access near road signs marked Private or No Parking.

At three-quarters of a mile you’ll cross Margaret Creek on a bridge. Shortly after that, stay left at the first junction and right at the second, ignoring any grassy overgrown roads.

After climbing a short hill, stay right at the third junction and proceed downhill. At 1.5 miles, the road makes a sharp hairpin to the right. Head left on a muddy track through the woods. Stay left at next junction to then rejoin the overgrown road. Taking a right at this junction leads you past a crashed car in the trees. Stay straight for another mile, hopping across a few creeks then arrive at Hannan Creek, a large washout that has been leveled by machinery. Ford the creek--walking sticks left by other hikers can be of assistance here.

The trail to the falls branches off to the right on the other side of Hannan Creek. It may be hidden from view by a large dirt pile. Follow the sound of the falls, and shortly a firepit area is reached, which overlooks the falls. There is a short path leading to the base of the falls, a total of two and a half miles from the trailhead.

 

Cherry Creek Falls

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.7457, -121.9076 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

Washington State Department of Natural Resources

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Getting There

There is no designated public parking area for for Cherry Creek Falls. Look for signs indicating this and do not park where roads are signed "Private Road". Cars illegally parked on the road may be ticketed or towed.

From the junction of SR 203 and Woodinville-Duvall Road in downtown Duvall, head north on SR 203 for about 500 feet, then turn right on NE Cherry Valley Road. Follow this road for 4.3 miles to Mountain View Road, turn left and park on the west shoulder of Mountain View Road. Parking is limited to the shoulder of Mountain View Road only. There is no trail access near road signs marked Private or No Parking.

The trail entrance is a courtesy easement within private property for a half mile from the blue gate. To maintain access privileges, observe leash laws and keep noise levels to a minimum in consideration of home owners along trail.

There are no toilets at the trailhead. Please plan accordingly.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
The state forest is open to day-use but visitors must continue to physically distance on trail and avoid crowded areas.
 

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