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Author: HikingWithMyBrother
Date: 22 Apr 2012 8:19:04 PM
Source: GPX file
Activity: Hiking
State: Washington (WA)
Distance: 5.5 mi  (Change units)
Average Speed: 1.6 mph - 0:38:10/mi
Duration: Total: 3:30:00
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 247 ft
Total Loss: 209 ft
Net Change: 38 ft
Difficulty: 2 / 10
Tags: Cherry Creek Falls, Duvall,, Seattle, Washington
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

Idyllic pockets of nature, often tucked away and preserved on public lands, are sometimes overlooked in favor of expansive vistas and remote alpine lakes. We may forget that some of these areas are relatively close to urban areas and make excellent hiking destinations. Recently we had the chance to check out one such area when we headed out Marckworth State Forest to explore the Cherry Creek Valley and find Cherry Creek Falls.

cherry creek falls marckworth forest hikingwithmybrotherBack in 1890, the Millet and McKay logging company began constructing a logging railroad to move timber out of the Cherry Creek Valley more quickly and efficiently. In 1904, the Cherry Creek Logging and Railway Company bought up Millet and McKay and expanded the railway lines up to a number of logging camps, including one situated near Cherry Creek Falls. Mergers in 1915 created the Cherry Valley Timber Company, but in 1916 F.E. Weyerhaeuser joined the board of directors, and the company was reorganized as the Cherry Valley Logging Company. Over the next decade logging in Cherry Valley began to wind down. In 1926, most of the remaining timberland was sold off, and the 1928 most of the logging equipment was sold to Weyerhaeuser. In 1948 the last of the company’s remaining land was sold and the Cherry Valley Logging Company was no more.

Marckworth State Forest was dedicated in 1967, named in honor of a recent Dean of the University of Washington School of Forestry. Once envisioned as an experimental forest much like Pack Forest, the area has instead grown to over 16,000 acres of working forest managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). However, because the DNR does not currently receive funding to maintain or manage the Forest, the agency has not yet come up with a public use plan, so public information about the area is minimal and there are no official maps.

cherry creek falls marckworth forest hikingwithmybrotherThe trickiest part of this hike is reaching your destination. With its long history of logging, the Forest is riddled with logging roads that can easily turn you around. To add the confusion, the DNR’s lack of funding for the Marckworth Forest means there are no signs to point you in the right direction. We recommend you print out our directions or download our route and bring along the GPS just in case you take a wrong turn.

From the parking area, find a road with a blue gate a few feet to the south. Follow this logging road over a bridge crossing Margaret Creek and past a spur branching off to the right. At a little under a mile you’ll reach a split in the road. Veer right and uphill and continue a short distance to another branch, where you’ll head right and downhill. Drop down to the end of the road and head left onto a short user trail some helpful folks carved through the brush to connect with another nearby logging road. Once you reach the road, continue straight for about a mile, crossing a number of small streams to reach Hannan Creek. As soon as you cross the creek, look for a trail leading down toward the water. There are a couple of trails here, in various states of use, but all lead to an overlook above Cheery Creek Falls and continue down to the base of the falls.

Because Cherry Creek Falls is a little under the radar for how close it is to Duvall and other nearby urban centers, don’t expect too much company during most of the year – except during the high summer when the falls become a popular swimming area. Once you get past the hassle of finding the falls, this is a very easy and accessible hike. The route is almost exclusively along logging roads, making a fairly level and smooth grade as you travel through a wide range of forest including everything from vine maples and alders to aging hemlock and Douglas fir. This makes it perfect for kids or first-time hikers, offering a little bit of backcountry feel that almost anyone can reach.

cherry creek falls marckworth forest hikingwithmybrotherTo get there, take SR 520 to its end in Redmond and continue on Avondale Road for a mile. Veer right onto Novelty Hill Road. Continue on Novelty Hill Road for about five miles to a T-intersection. Turn left onto Snoqualmie Valley Road and then almost immediately take a right onto 124th Street. After one mile, 124th meets up with the Carnation-Duvall Road (also known as SR 203). Turn left and head through downtown Duvall. As you’re about to leave town, veer right onto Cherry Creek Valley Road. Continue on Cherry Creek Valley Road for just over four miles to Mountain View Road. Turn left and immediately find a small parking area on the right side of the road. Park and find the gated trailhead a few feet to the south.

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Points of Interest


Location: 47.745769, -121.908174
Find parking on the side of the road at the junction of Cherry Valley Rd. and Mountain View Rd. Start the hike by passing through a gate, and head up the road.


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Deer in the woods at the start of the hike.


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Following the road through lowland forest.


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Cross over a bridge above Margaret Creek, feed by nearby Margaret Lake.

Margaret Creek

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At the fork in the road, take the right leading uphill.


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At the fork veer right, and head downhill.


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At the hairpin turn in the road, go left onto a trail leading into the underbrush.


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Scramble down the gully to cross over Hannan Creek.


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Just past Hannan Creek, turn right onto a trail leading into the forest. There are a few paths leading to the falls, either will get you there.

Forest near Falls

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On the final stretch to the falls.

Standing above falls

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Follow a short bootpath to get to the top of the falls.


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Arrive at the falls. Follow a steep path to the bottom.

Falls from below 1

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Falls from below 2

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