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Cherry Creek Falls
   King County, Washington

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Cherry Creek Falls is the final major waterfall along Cherry Creek, as well as one of the better low-land waterfalls in the eastern Puget Sound area. The falls drop about 25 feet over a wide ledge of what looked like sedimentary rock (hard to tell with this much flow) into a large pool. The falls serve as the natural barrier for Salmon migration in Cherry Creek. When I visited the falls I witnessed a rather large Chinook making a futile attempt to jump the falls. Though Cherry Creek has a modest level of tannic acids in it, there is significant evidence that this is a popular swimming hole for the locals - illustrated by the boards nailed to the tree lying against the falls to assist in climbing back to the top. The falls flow well all year long, but late in the year, the left-hand segment usually runs dry, leaving the striking fan-shaped right segment flowing.

HISTORY AND NAMING INFORMATION

  • Cherry Creek Falls is the Official name of this waterfall.

Cherry Creek Falls was the site of a logging camp operated by the Thomas Irving Lumber Company in the early 1900s. The operation ran on a standard gauge railway from a Mill in Duvall to the vicinity of the present day Marckworth "Freeway". Evidence of the operation is long gone, however. The name of the falls has been in local usage likely since this operation was in place.

LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS

moderate access

Finding this waterfall is no easy task, so copy down these directions if you want to be successful. 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). From the parking area, find a gated road 50 feet south of the parking area. Follow this road-turned-trail and the corresponding junctions as follows. At ¾ mile you'll cross Margaret Creek on a bridge, shortly after stay left at the first junction and right at the second (ignoring any grassy overgrown roads). After climbing a short hill, stay right at the third junction and proceed downhill. Where the road makes a sharp hairpin to the right at 1.5 miles, head left on a muddy track through the woods. This eventually turns back into a road. Keep following straight for another mile to Hannan Creek (flows through culverts). Shortly after crossing Hannan Creek, head right on a muddy two-track, following the sound of the falls. Shortly a firepit area is reached overlooking the falls, with a short path leading to its base, a total of 2 ½ miles from the trailhead.

Latitude

47.76865 N

Longitude

-121.87616 W

Elevation

339 feet

USGS Quadrangle

Sultan 7 1/2"

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OTHER NEARBY WATERFALLS

Name

Distance

Hannan Creek Falls

0.123 miles

Upper Cherry Creek Falls

3.021 miles

Cherry Lake Falls

3.769 miles

Upper Cherry Lake Falls

3.948 miles

Youngs Creek Falls

5.44 miles

Dry Falls

5.737 miles

Marckworth Falls

5.805 miles

McCauley Falls

5.822 miles

Cedar Ponds Falls

6.406 miles

Fontal Falls

6.675 miles

 

 

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Magnitude

42.5

IWC

0.98  (Class 1)

RATING

42.85 %

 

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PHYSICAL MAKEUP

Height

25 feet

Tallest Drop

25 feet

Num. Drops

1

AVG. Width

60 feet

Pitch

90 degrees

Run

3 feet

Primary Form

Segmented Plunges

 

Watershed

Snoqualmie River

Stream

Cherry Creek

AVG. Volume

75.0 cfs

Source

Lake

Seasonality

Best Flows

Winter - Spring

 
 

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UPDATE HISTORY

Jul 23, 2011

Added a picture(s) of this waterfall

 
 
 
 
 

 

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