Cherry Creek Falls Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Duvall, WA that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
A hike along old logging roads to 25 foot tall waterfall on Cherry Creek just outside of Duvall, WA. From the parking area, find a concrete block at the corner of Cherry Valley Rd and Mountain View Rd. From there take a short hike to a forest road. Follow this road-turned-trail and the corresponding junctions as follows. At one mile you'll cross Margaret Creek on a bridge, shortly after 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. Where the road makes a sharp hairpin to the right at 1.5 miles, head left on a muddy track through the woods. This eventually turns back into a road. Keep following straight for another mile to Hannan Creek (large washout that has been leveled by large machinery). Just after crossing Hannan Creek, head right on a muddy two-track. The branch is just off the main trail slightly hidden from view by a large dirt pile. Following the sound of the falls. Shortly a firepit area is reached overlooking the falls, with a short path leading to its base, a total of 2.7 miles from the trailhead.
Very confusing trail, even when following the reviews from people on this app. We hiked a mile past the trail leading to the waterfall because there were no signs or mile markers telling us which way to go. Very frustrating, it was like the trail never stopped? The trail was rocky and muddy at some spots along with water holes to cross. On our way back to the trailhead we came across three people who had hiked this trail previously, they had told us the waterfall was past the big river bank and to the right was the trail leading down to the waterfall. At some point we will hike this again, now that we know which trail leads us to the waterfall. For hikers wanting to hike this trail stay on the "main trail" after coming to a river/ clearing area where you have to cross over on logs the trail is to the right fork leading you to the waterfall.
Follow the signs (made with rocks - not sure how long they will last) to get to the falls! Good quick and easy hike.
Not much to the falls but well maintained if not well marked trail.
Ends up being 6.26 miles if you don't take the loop. Beautiful waterfall, but the trails aren't carefully marked. If you go left its longer and will lead to above the falls and has arrows to point out where to go. The right side is shorter and will take you to the bottom of the falls where you can swim. We took the left side down and back up, because from the top to the bottom its steep and slippery, but most people should be fine. The left side also has a lot of up and down walking, is very rocky, and can get a little steep if you're not used to it. There is also lots of forking in the paths so just be sure to stay on the main path until the loop, but download the map if you care what side of the loop to go on, otherwise it's not marked.
There are a few forks you might need to be aware of, so I'd recommend downloading this map on your iPhone just to make sure. About 4/5ths way through you'll see an arrow pointing to the falls in a three-way fork, which is I think the shortest route to the falls. The leftmost fork also leads there but longer. Some trails are narrow, almost overgrown, others wider. There are also quite a few side trails that may lead you astray so again, download the map on your phone that has GPS just to be safe.
Falls = very pretty but water is numbingly cold, which is always the case here in the PNW.
Make sure NOT to leave valuables in your car when you park. This spot is notorious for breakins. Good luck.
We did this with our baby, I think it was more like 6 miles total but a great first hike packing him. We did the loop and coming back was a little overgrown so definitely think about coming back on the bigger trail.
Well worth the hike. The falls are quite impressive. Bring a towel for drying off after a dip in water. Some parts of the trail are bit overgrown but it adds a bit of ambience of being "deep" in the woods. The trail can be a bit rocky and muddy in place, but my 5 year old made it. Bring the band aids just in case.
I hiked it with my 7 and 8 year old. It seemed more like 6 miles round-trip but a good hike. Kids enjoyed playing in the waterfall and pool. Most of hike is trees and not scenic views but we will do it again.
nice hike with the falls
Took a wrong turn and ended up going 5 miles out of the way. Noticed after back tracking to the main trail, that people had laid out rocks in arrow formations pointing in the right direction. Thank you to whoever did this! Eventually made it to the falls and they were nice. Not too crowded on the trail.
Took to of my coworkers we all enjoyed it very much. We loved how you. ould actually walk up all the way to the falls. I went half way in the water under the falls, it was supper icy cold BUT so worth it.
Very wet and rainy day. Markers for the falls really help.
I went with a friend and we kept up a fast ish pace. It took us about 2.5 hours. There wasn't a lot to see but the waterfall and the water was too cold to swim in but we plan to come back in August or September to see if it's a more comfortable temperature for swimming.
Had a great time! If you stay right at the forks you'll be in for a tiny bit harder/ more over grown route BUT you get to see all the cool stuff and it's way more rewarding!