Cherry Creek Falls is one of the most breathtaking waterfalls in Washington State and one of the best to access from an easy half-day hike! Located in Marckworth State Forest, the falls cascade down over 25 feet of rocky cliffs, making it one of the most peaceful waterfalls in the region. From the base of the falls, you can enjoy a dip in the water and the quiet mountain scenery.
Whether you’re looking for a day of hiking and swimming or just want to take in the beauty of nature, Cherry Creek Falls is the perfect destination. Read on for Traverse the PNW's guide to visiting the falls.
Location and Getting There
Cherry Creek Falls is located in the Marckworth State Forest of Washington State. The falls can be accessed from a trailhead off Mountain View Road near Skykomish, about an hour northeast of Seattle.
Cherry Creek Falls: At a Glance
Location: Duvall, Washington
Trailhead Coordinates: 47.745615458733404, -121.90807747730057
Height: 25 feet
Watershed: Snoqualmie River
Stream: Cherry Creek
Where to Park: Park along Mountain View Rd NE parallel to but off the road. There is limited parking. Do not park on the road, or you'll be ticketed.
Cherry Creek Falls is located in Washington State and experiences moderate temperatures year-round. Summertime highs range from the mid-70s to upper-80s (Fahrenheit), while winter temperatures can dip into the 40s.
There is a chance of rain throughout the year, particularly during winter. Visitors should prepare for windy conditions, especially near the falls. It's also important to bring appropriate clothing and footwear as the trail may be muddy or slippery in spots.
Cherry Creek Falls Trail
The Cherry Creek Falls trail is a 5.5-mile round-trip hike that usually takes no more than 3 hours. The hike only gains around 500 feet of elevation, so it's fairly easy. Most hikers who spend any time outside will have no problem completing it.
Plus, its proximity to Seattle means it's quite popular (and therefore sees a lot of foot traffic) and will be easy to follow. That said, there are a few other trails in this area, so if you have a map, follow it.
It's important to know that this hike is on private property, at least initially. Sticking to the path as best you can and showing kindness to those whose land the trail passes through. Trails like these are always at risk as the landowners can revoke access anytime.
The trail takes you along logging roads until you cross Margaret Creek via a small bridge. From there, stay left at the next division and right at the following. The third junction, where you should turn right, appears after a hill.
Take a left after a hairpin turn and keep following this for another mile. You'll eventually see Hannan Creek. Cross this and follow a two-track road to the right. Around this time, you'll be able to hear the falls and use them to find your way.
Tips for the Hiking Cherry Falls Trail
1. Make sure to check the weather beforehand and dress appropriately. It's important to be prepared for any weather changes.
2. Wear sturdy, comfortable shoes and bring extra socks. Wet feet are not fun!
3. Don't forget your camera! Capture stunning photographs of Cherry Creek Falls and the surrounding area.
4. Bring enough snacks and water to stay hydrated and energized throughout the hike.
5. Respect the environment around you. Take only photos; leave only footprints.
6. Be mindful of wildlife, and avoid disturbing any animals you might encounter.
7. Follow all posted signs, pay attention to your surroundings, and always stay on the designated trail.
8. Don’t forget sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses! Enjoy the sun without risking sunburns or other sun-related ailments.
9. Finally, have fun! Enjoy the beauty of nature and appreciate the wonderful experience that Cherry Creek Falls offers.
Eagle Falls - is part of the South Fork of the Skykomish River and is about the same height as Cherry Creek Falls.
Lucia Falls is another small waterfall that's part of Lucia Falls Regional Park.
Sunset Falls is a beautiful, small waterfall near Sunset Falls Campground.
Coal Creek Falls - conveniently located in Bellevue, this beautiful small waterfall is well-worth visiting if you're in the area.
How long of a hike is Cherry Creek Falls?
The hike to Cherry Creek Falls is 2.7 miles out and 2.7 miles back, making around 5.5 miles of hiking and about 500 feet of elevation gain. For most hikers, this doesn't pose much of an issue.
Do you need a pass for Cherry Creek Falls?
No, you don't need a pass for Cherry Creek Falls. But, when you visit, ensure you're parking well off the road to avoid getting a ticket.