Cherry Peak Trail is a 9.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Richmond, Utah that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length9.7 miElevation gain4,238 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingDog friendlyForestRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeRocky
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Getting There

There is not much parking at all at the trailhead - nor much room to turnaround if you don't get the park. There are spots to park a few places along the road up to the trailhead (less than a mile from it) where you can put a car or two.

Follow E 500 N straight east from Richmond Utah. There is a fork where the asphalt turns left and E 500 N continues onto dirt. Follow the dirt road past the loop around all the way up to the trailhead. About a mile up this road there is a wash that is difficult to cross with a low-riding car (think anything but a truck or SUV). If you have such a car, park there and walk the last mile to the trailhead along the road. When the road ends, you are at the trailhead.

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David Shapiro
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HikingGreat!Snow

This is seriously a beautiful hike, especially this time of year. I had to strap on the snowshoes at about mile 3 and the snow got too deep at the assent out of Cherry Peak canyon. If it stays dry the sun should bake a hard crust to climb up to the ridge. Not sure how the snow would be on the other side. Might be too soft to get through to the peak, but it would be worth a try. The trail was hard to follow and I was glad I had my previous hike with GPS to help me stay close to the trail. Ignore all the side tracks. That was me before realizing I had my GPS to help (hahaha). If you go up in the next few weeks (before the next storm) you should find a pretty clear path up to the corner, then you're on your own.

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RaeLynn Eliason
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HikingRockyScramble

My GPS says the trail is just under 11 miles. I started from trail head and went to the highest peak. There is graffiti at the top. Which is unsightly and annoying. I still give this hike 5 stars because the views are probably the coolest of all the hikes I’ve done this year other than the Wellsville Mountains. You’ll get a good view of the High Creek Basin and upper trail as well as a view of High Creek Lake in the distance and Mount Naomi. The trail is challenging. Steep at times and quite a demand physically to climb. I’m fit and used to long hikes and this felt hard at times. The winds were heavy at the top. Hang on to your hats! The ridge near the top was narrow and a bit precarious, Watch where you step! Of all the hikes I’ve been on this summer, this one has the most dizzying feeling, kind of scary feel of heights and awesome at the same time (for me at least). If you’re afraid of heights it may get to you. I’m glad I went, trail was easy to see but also a bit unstable footing and soil was loose near the top and several places along the way. The creek has water in it and waterfall was still flowing although slight in August.

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Tom Mueller
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HikingGreat!

Four stars because the info on here wasn't current. With the new gate and trail the hike is bang-on 12 miles. Still gorgeous and challenging, but if we knew we were in for 12 we would have brought some more water.

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Luke Whitworth
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Challenging and good

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Lacey Whitworth
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Very challenging for less experienced hikers. Hard ascent to summit!

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Meli D
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Amazing hike! Biggest thing is don’t get your hopes up when you think it’s the end. Other than that, incredible.

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Steve Steve Krambule
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this is an amazing hike! a lot of changes in scenery. You start out completely wooded walking next to the creek then it opens up and you can see the surrounding mountains oh, then you get to the top and the view spectacular. one of the best hikes in Cache Valley

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Umar Shehzad
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HikingScramble

Not a bad one. However, the trail doesn’t end after 2.5 miles, it goes for another 3 miles. Didn’t do the whole trail because we didn’t plan for it, so was a little disappointed. The trail is a little scraggly and the grass and bush brushes on your legs, so maybe not great for trail running.

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Debbie Lee
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We loved this hike! It didn’t disappoint. Lots of greenery and ran alongside the river. Not too difficult

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Kidlets Hull
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Hiking

Great trail other thanks the dogs that tried to attack us and our dogs. Please keep all dogs in a leash!!!

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Jillian Was Here
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HikingMuddySnow

Cherry Creek is beautiful! We went 5/24/20- We went through snow and mud but it was still nice and a fairly strenuous hike.

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rosemary richards
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I’ve been hiking this since I was 8, absolutely stunning hike in the spring

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Emma Lee
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HikingIcySnow

As of 4/13/2020, this trail isn’t accessible quite yet due to snow. It’s certainly possible to walk it, but there are still slushy snow packs roughly 2 feet deep. Also, there was someone shooting on the trail about a mile up. Other than that, it’s lovely and follows a stream bed for quite some time. Feels very secluded and is quite shady.

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Brock Larson
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Hiking

They've recently added a trailhead sign. Just drive past the resort and a hundred feet up the dirt road on the north side of the resort. The first half mile there are no trespassing signs facing the side indicating for you to stay on the trail and not wander off into cherry peak resort property. But there are various trail signs along the way. Beautiful hike in a beautiful area! One of the prettiest hikes in the area!

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Savannah Branson
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I loved this trail- I didn’t see a single soul there when I went today. Beautiful scenery and fall colors. Some snow towards the top, I made it 4 miles up and wasn’t able to finish due to time constraints. There was snow on the trail at that point, not sure how bad it gets later on closer to the peak. Gorgeous hike though, would definitely recommend. I parked in the cherry peak ski resort parking lot and the trail is to the left.

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Amy Washuta
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HikingMuddyOver grownRocky

A quiet, sometimes steep walk up a canyon with some nice fall colors, open areas and access to Cherry Peak. Just park in the gravel lot just to the left of the ski resort and stay on the road that turns trail as you ascend. Muddy after rain, easy to follow but a narrow, lightly trafficked trail.

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Canada Morgan
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HikingMuddySnow

Incredibly gorgeous and definitely difficult. I couldn't recommend this trail more. I went up on 6-27-19 and there was only snow on the last half a mile or so, which made finding the trail a bit difficult-the trail was easy to find up to this point. The brief patches of snow and mud are worth it due to the wildflowers everywhere, gorgeous waterfalls, rivers along the hike, green foliage and incredible views. Do this hike!

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Amber Ann
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HikingMuddySnow

Probably wait on this trail for another couple weeks. Last mile was snow/mud/slippery/wet and difficult to follow obviously, but over all beautiful. The river was high so I had to walk thru but made for a fun adventure and trail run♥️

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Wesley Abbott
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HikingSnow

only went 2.7 miles before it was too steep and snowy.

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Kade Follett
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Hiking

Great hike, drive right next to Cherry Peak Resort and to the parking lot above to start the trail. If wanted, you can hike all the way up to Cherry Peak also, great place!

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Rebecca Berger
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Hiked this June 2nd. There was still snow covering the last two miles of the trail. We decided to bypass the snow and hike straight up the mountain. Got to the ridge before the peak and the ridge was also covered in snow. We made it across to the peak and it was definitely amazing. Very difficult hike with the snow. We could see high creek lake and it was still frozen. Waterfall on the creek (about three miles up) was still going strong.

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Meagan Roach
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Love this trail. Started from the trailhead near Cherry Peak Resort. This hike had enough variance over the 5.4 miles that you don't feel like you are hiking the same thing for more than a mile. Expect to see Shady Wooded areas, Grassy Ridges, Rocky Passes, Mountain meadows, and butterflies, birds and squirrels along the way. It got cold towards the top and in the ravine near the river. I would not be surprised to have seen snow a little later in the year here. There is a lot of sun exposure on this trail as well. So equally plan your layers for hot and cold protection. We hiked early morning and it was very nice weather but the sunrise glare was terrible - pack sunglasses. on the way down I was glad to have sunblock and a cooling bandanna. This trail has a few good rest spots but the last mile they are scarce and the trail gets thin. Also expect to run into horses and horse poop. On the flip side this trail is dog friendly. There are a lot of patches of loose rock on the trail and really steep switchbacks and saddles. I would recommend very good hiking shoes with good grip and if you have weak ankles or knees some trekking poles/stick. also clip your toenails, the down grade is steep. I'd plan first aid around trail slips, twisted/rolled ankles, and falling on loose rock. Parts of the river were dry in late August Early Sept. If you bring a water filter and are relying on it - check on the water runoff or bring backup. Also bring purification because of animals and farm area.

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