Cherry Creek Falls Trail

MODERATE 438 reviews

Cherry Creek Falls Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Duvall, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
587 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

over grown

PARKING NOTICE: All visitor vehicles must park off the county road (Mountain View Road). Any cars parked on the road will be ticketed and towed by the King County Sheriffs Department as the roadway needs to remain clear for emergency vehicles to pass. The start of the hike is on private property and all hikers should be respectful of parking rules, keep pets on leashes and keep their voices down so that the property owners will continue to allow access to this popular waterfall. 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. Visitors will reach a fire pit area overlooking the falls, with a short path leading to its base, a total of 2.7 miles from the trailhead. This trail is not well marked and crosses many other trails, so its best to use the map/GPS along the way.

hiking
snow
14 days ago

Super icy but didn’t need spikes. Water spots to cross.

hiking
muddy
16 days ago

Showed up at the trailhead around 10:30; wasn't very packed in the street nor did we run into a lot of people on the trail itself. Very well maintained perfect for children and pets, keep in mind the rain fall though because it can get very muddy. Waterproof boots is recommended but water resistant over ankle boots did fine for me. Strolling pace took about 2.5 hours round trip.

22 days ago

Went yesterday Jan 29th. Beautiful day. Still very usable trail. Some muddy spots and several water spots. 2 tricky crossings. Bring poles for this part.

hiking
muddy
23 days ago

Easy because no need to climb up/down, however there are creeks that needs to cross. Hard to keep dry in the hike. Don’t really recommend this in winter, but I think it could be more interesting in summer time when weather is warmer.

hiking
24 days ago

Rating this trail a 2/5 because it is a fairly easy and beautiful hike. Trail is well maintained. Very muddy at spots due to rain. There are multiple forks on the trail but there is a lack of signs directing you to the location of the waterfall. I noticed 2 within the first mile but after that it is very easy to go the wrong way. We ran into multiple groups of people with the same issue. Accidentally went the wrong way and ended up at a fairly deep creek. Ultimately our feet were soaked after crossing the water and after another mile of no luck finding the waterfall, we decided to turn back. Because of how beautiful the trail is, I would try it again in hopes of finding the waterfall. I would not recommend this hike for small children.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

I would recommend this trail for anyone looking for an easy hike/walk. Good for dogs and kids. It was quite muddy and there were 3 creek crossings of increasing difficulty. Nothing that takes a daredevil but your feet may get wet. The weather was great and the falls were beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

Went with my best friend Monday afternoon around 3, took our time and ended up hiking back to car in the dark. Well worth it, just make sure you have flashlights or prepare unlike us and go earlier. I cant wait to go back when it’s warmer and go swimming.

1 month ago

Plenty of parking, pretty muddy. But pretty

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked today (Jan-5, Sat), arrived around 11am, there is not much parking but was plenty of space today, not a high season. Trail is easy and in a pretty good condition, muddy sometimes, but nothing bad. Main challenge was the Hannan Creek crossing near the falls. There is a fork and loop on the second part of the trail, you can go left or right, both trails go to the falls. I took the left trail and that was a mistake, creek crossing on the left side was worse than on the right, it was not easy to cross without getting wet. There are some logs and rocks but pretty slippery and you have to jump. I wish I had my poles with me just for this crossing, left mine in the car for this easy hike.

My suggestion - take the right trail, there is a crashed car right after the fork, so you will know what place I am talking about. Creek crossing is smaller on this side and there is a big tree over it, which you can use for easy crossing. Then after the falls you can try the other side of the trail to go back, if you can’t make the crossing there, it’s not far at all to return and go back the same way. And, as I mentioned, poles will be helpful for creek crossing. Unless you are fine with wading through the creek and get wet.

nature trips
1 month ago

this trail is great to hike. it's an easy flowing trail with very little steeps. covered in foresty trees and a fun broken down car thats become apart of the trail itself as well. The water fall itself was beautiful and peaceful. Unfortunately the trail road itself heading back was difficult to determine for us, it took us awhile to head back because we missed a turn, wish there were better markings to get back on the trail. All in all it was a very peaceful hike. We did this hike sometime in the beginning of January 2017.

hiking
1 month ago

Passed about 6 people on the trail today. There are 2 places where crossing the stream/river could be a bit tricky, let’s just say waterproof boots can only do so much when the water is above your ankles. Overall, it was easy and well maintained, just plan better than I did for the water - 2.5 miles in soggy, loudly squishing boots isn’t the most fun.

2 months ago

A beautiful waterfall. There are a few fallen trees and branches along the way from the windstorm but you’re still able to get around. The trail is still well maintained. Saw a good amount of people on the way to the falls and back. Once you get close to the falls there is a stream you have to cross yet the water was too high without some proper water shoes. We were able to climb across a fallen tree to get to the other side. I’d recommend this to friends

2 months ago

First half of the trail has a marked path and is cleared fairly well. Once it splits the trail can get muddy and narrow in points, but we were hiking in november. There's definitely a few wet areas to cross so need to make good shoe decisions if you plan on hiking off season. The final creek crossing before the falls has a tree to crawl over or a 1' deep swift, cold, fast moving wet path - took our shoes off and carried the 7 year old over and let the 10 year old crawl the tree.

2 months ago

Beautiful hike with well-maintained trails. Signage to Cerry Creek Falls now well posted. The falls are worth the hike, in any weather.

2 months ago

The falls are truly a hidden gem! Great hike for kids. I’ve taken my 4 year old twice this year, once during summer and the falls didn’t have much water but still made for a perfect picnic lunch spot. And once this weekend, which after the rain it was a tad muddy however the falls were roaring and gorgeous! We even saw some salmon In the pond!

2 months ago

great waterfall.

hiking
3 months ago

Fun trail with interesting sights along the way. There is some mud and a point where you either have to ford a creek or walk over a fallen tree, so go for waterproof footwear if possible. The end with the falls are gorgeous in autumn and you can view it both from the bottom and get right up to the top. We brought our pup and he had great time, but smaller or older dogs may not be equipped to complete the entire loop.

hiking
3 months ago

Relatively flat, wide gravel trail. Nice waterfall area at the end. Mostly smaller growth trees in the beginning.

Convenient to Duvall.

hiking
3 months ago

Good well kept trail, first 2/3 is easy, well maintained path. Last night is a bit tougher and can get quite sloppy with heavy rains. Keeping to the left Allows for extension along older Logging roads. The last turn to the cause it’s not super obvious. Fun day hike.

3 months ago

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4 months ago

lots of ups and downs. lots of fungi..... fun hike with kids and critters. my only complaint..... need more signs.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail... very quiet - probably because of the time of year.. well kept, falls didn’t have much water but a nice place to hang out - esp. for the kids.. it’s an easy trail - saw some families with 4-6yr olds.. lot of people walking their dogs too..

4 months ago

Nice walk in the woods on easy trail. The falls would be more impressive earlier in the season I’m sure.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike nice and easy!

hiking
5 months ago

great hike for the family and dogs

hiking
5 months ago

watch out for all the slugs on the trail!

6 months ago

Such a great trail. I really didn’t think it was hard to find, even if you go off track a bit it’s still easy to get back and find the falls. Also it’s a pretty easy, fast hike. Falls are beautiful. Dogs and I absolutely loved getting in the water. And it feels so secluded, which added to its allure. My friend and I really enjoyed getting shots of the abandoned car as well......HOW DID IT GET THERE?!

hiking
6 months ago

2018/08/18 Saturday (Hiking Date). Took two hours - to and fro. I did not like it. Waterfall is very small not like the pictures shown. Hike it self is not pleasant and It is more of walk in the woods than hike. No proper signs, some confusion on trail route at couple of junctions, we made it though. 'All Trails' app map helps some extent. No designated parking lot. There is no board or sign at the trail head so it was confusing and had to wait for other hikers to come and follow them. Trail head is at Mountain View Rd and Cherry Valley Rd junction where couple of concrete blocks are placed. It is an easy and long walk. Do I go there again? Never.

6 months ago

The trail is clean and easy but people leave their trash there. There was a pile of trash by a tree. Diapers, cigaret butts and bags of dog poop everywhere. What is going on?

6 months ago

Beautiful hike but too much garbage once you get to the waterfall.

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