Growing up in the area, I had no idea falls like this were so close. Thanks...
Cherry Creek Falls
Cherry Creek Falls
When setting off for a quick outdoor adventure, most of us in the Seattle area make a beeline for either Highway 2 or I-90, forgetting that there's a lot of sweet land to explore in between. Like, for example, this quick hike to Cherry Creek Falls that is easy enough for the whole family, and can be explored all year long.
There's no pomp and circumstance on this trail – this is a working forest protected by the state but lacking the funding to put up signage to help you find your way. Print out these directions and make sure you stay on route as it's easy to get turned around in the web of roads and spur trails.
The trail begins at the blue gate that is 100' south of the intersection at Mountain View Road and Cherry Valley Road. From here, you'll be walking on a wide, well-maintained service road that features very little elevation gain or loss. Enjoy the deep greens of fern, alder, fir, and brush that line both sides of the road.
At 1.0 mile, cross over humble Margaret Creek on a steel bridge. Less than 0.10 mile further, stay left and ignore the spur road that leaves to the right (south). At 1.20 miles, reach another junction. This time turn right and up a short slope to another junction at 1.30 miles. Stay right again and begin a quarter-mile downhill descent. At the bottom of the hill, at 1.60 miles, turn left at the junction.
The trail quickly narrows to single track as it travels north through alternating sections of thick vegetation and rivulet washouts, finally arriving at Hannan Creek at 2.40 miles. Cross over Hannan Creek and immediately begin looking for a small clearing with several spur trails on your right (east) – choose one and head down to the falls (they all eventually get there).
The falls drop about 25 feet over a wide ledge that is split by a stubborn piece of rock, resulting in a two dramatic fan-shaped cascades. If it feels like you've just stumbled upon a secret swimming hole, it's because, well, you have. Enjoy.
Permits & Tips
No permits required to park or hike. No water or toilets available. We recommend bringing along our written directions or GPX file as there are several confusing intersections and no signage. Do not leave valuables (or anything to tempt thieves) in your car. Swim at your own risk. Mixed use trail. The falls are fullest and most impressive in late spring and late fall.
How to get there
From Main Street in downtown Duvall, head north and veer right onto NE 165th St/NE Cherry Valley Road and drive for 4.2 miles. Turn left onto Mountain View Road NE and park immediately on the right (east) side of the road in the broad shoulder.