Happy Friday! Today we’re happy to have Erin Chamberlain the Publisher of Cherry Valley Macaroni Kid here with us, sharing one of her favorite hikes! This hike is located in the Woodinville/Duvall area. It’s beautiful and a great one for families! Enjoy her post and be sure to leave a nice comment telling Erin “hi”! Here on NW Healthy Mama, we always want to give our guest posts a warm welcome!
The glimpse of summer days ahead has me itching to get out on one of my favorite hikes to Cherry Creek Falls. Hidden on the hills east of Duvall, this gem of a hike is perfect for the entire family and is a bit off the beaten bath, as it isn’t included in many hiking guide books. I recommend bringing a lunch, wearing clothes and shoes that can get wet (or bring a change) so the kids can splash around or swim before heading back. It is a great treat on a hot day!
The hike starts on an old logging road with a gentle incline and turns into a narrow trail with rolling hills. You will pass many overgrown grassy roads, but the key to finding the falls is to continue on the straightest and well-trodden path at each junction. If you do get off-track, the detours are generally short and may lead you to some interesting artifacts like crashed yellow car! Trip reports vary for this hike, but it is approximately 5 miles roundtrip in length with a total elevation gain of 300-450 feet. I wouldn’t qualify Cherry Creek Falls as stroller friendly, so plan to bring a carrier for young children. Mountain bikers also use this trail, and in my experience are considerate of hikers. Most of the hike is shaded and there is lovely scenery from views of the hills, wildflowers and small wildlife to Cherry Creek bubbling by. It is a quiet and peaceful hike and generally uncrowded. There are two options where the trail forms a “Y” near the falls and either option will get you to the highlight of your hike. The lower trail will take you on a more direct path to the falls , but requires crossing over a stream via a log. The upper trail is easier and offers a more stable stream crossing at a large washout called Hannan Creek. Follow the sound of the falls to an overlook and fire pit area. A path continues to the base, where you are rewarded with a beautiful view of the 25-foot falls and a large shallow pool to let the kids wade. Get your feet wet and enjoy lunch at the falls before heading back to the car!
Driving Directions and Trail Access:
From the junction of SR 203 and Woodinville-Duvall Road in downtown Duvall, head north on SR 203 for about 500 feet, then turn right on NE Cherry Valley Road. Follow this road for 4.3 miles to Mountain View Road, turn left and park immediately at the junction (Cherry Valley Road becomes Kelly Road here). There is limited parking only along Mountain View Road. Please respect the neighbors and no parking signs. The trailhead entrance is unmarked and located at the blue gate near the intersection of the road. No permits are required and dogs should be kept on leash.
Erin Chamberlain is the Publisher of Cherry Valley Macaroni Kid, a free weekly e-newsletter of local kid and family events. Erin and her husband, Brian have resided in Carnation since 2003 and welcomed a daughter, Ada in 2012. They enjoy hiking, camping, gardening and trail walks with their dog, Penny.
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