Sunshine! Sunshine! Sunshine! What a July the 4th! I was able to sleep late. I didn't have to go to work. On top of that, I woke up to warm and clear blue skies for the first time in several weeks. To celebrate I decided to take a quick hike up to Cherry Creek Falls near Duvall, WA. Also, since A-man has been begging me to take him hiking lately, I thought this would be a great starter for him.
This trail is pretty close to civilization and can be reached at the intersection of Cherry Valley and Mountain View just east of Duvall. Less than 30 minutes from my house. Another bonus!
After parking on the side of the road at the intersection, we started up what is essentially your basic forest road. There wasn't too much to see and there isn't much to say about it. There are no signs so we followed the turn-by-turn directions I had printed out from the WTA hiking guide. The trail itself was 2.5 miles to the lake for a total of 5 miles round trip. It does meander uphill and downhill but it is not difficult like many other hikes I've completed. A-man is six years old and he did it with no problems. There was quite a bit of mud on the trail and a couple of small creeks to cross. My boots kept my feet dry but I did end up having to change A-man's socks after his feet were soaked. Below are just a few pictures from the trail.
We followed the main trail until just after the last stream crossing in the pictures above and turned right towards the sound of the falls where we saw a couple of cairns. From there the path in the woods split in several places but we continued towards the sound until we found them. It was a fantastic spot in the middle of an otherwise average forest. We had the watering hole all to ourselves! A-man asked if I had brought his swimsuit and I had to tell him it wasn't quite warm enough. Later in the summer, however, I can see this being a great place to take a dip. It's just a very nice little spot.
We had a snack and a drink and I relaxed for a while while A-man played before we headed back to the car. We were on the trail for just over 3 hours. I was super proud of A-man for completing the hike. 5 miles is a good distance for 6 year old legs. Below is a quick video I took at the falls.