Cherry Creek Falls

An easy 5.5 mile hike with 450 feet of elevation gain. Hike old logging roads along Cherry Creek to 25-foot Cherry Creek Falls outside of Duvall in Marckworth State Forest. Nothing super spectacular, but close to home and short, with a decent pay off. No official maps or trail signs, so print out directions and make sure you stay on route as it's easy to get lost in the web of roads and side trails.

Driving directions

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 east side of the road on the shoulder.

On the trail

From the parking area, pass through a blue gate onto a logging road. At one mile cross Margaret Creek on a bridge. Less than 0.10 mile further, stay left and ignore the spur road to the right. At a little under a mile you’ll reach another split in the road. Veer right and up a short slope to another junction. Stay right again and proceed downhill. Where the road makes a sharp hairpin to the right, head left onto a short user trail through the brush to another logging road. Once you reach the road, continue straight for about a mile to Hannan Creek. Trekking poles or waterproof boots are helpful here.
On the other side of the creek, look on the right for a trail leading down toward the water. This leads to an overlook above Cheery Creek Falls. Continue down to base of falls.


  • Because this is not a designated trail, DNR cannot permit activities at this location. Please do not schedule permitted activities on this trail. This includes all fee-based and course-related activities. Please contact with any additional questions. More details about permitting on WA DNR land as it applies to Mountaineers trips, as well as our current year Land Use License, can be found here.
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 5.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 450 ft
  • 705 ft
  • Land Manager: Marckworth State Forest
  • Parking Permit Required: None
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12

Upcoming Activities

CHS 1 Hike - Cherry Creek Falls

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
Hike in a quiet, little known and infrequently visited spot, less than an hour's drive
Difficulty: Easy
Wed, Apr 17, 2024
No Prerequisites
6 participants 0 instructors
Registration opens Mar 25; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch

May Hikes: 3 to 5.5 miles, 300 to 1,250 feet gain - Cherry Creek Falls

Day Hiking Field trip: GoHike: Beginner Hiking Course
This hike may count toward your monthly required GoHike course May hike.
Difficulty: Easy
Mon, May 6, 2024
No Prerequisites
6 participants 1 instructor
Registration opens Apr 5; Instructor registration open now
Foothills Branch
Becky Robbins
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