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Cherry Creek Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (5)

A beautiful trail with views of glacially carved valleys, cliffs, and Cache Valley


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Map Key

6.1

Miles

9.8

KM

Point to Point

9,375' 2,857 m

High

5,847' 1,782 m

Low

3,603' 1,098 m

Up

431' 131 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

40%

Max Grade (22°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

From the trailhead start up the canyon, pass through some woods where you'll start to parallel Cherry Creek. As the trail continues, you'll cross the creek a few times as you weave in and out of the forest canopy. Eventually, you'll rise out of the forest canopy altogether and start climbing more steadily on small switchbacks. At about 2.5 miles from the trailhead, there is an opportunity to see a waterfall if you take a small side trail (off to the right, at just under 7800 feet of elevation).

From this point, you continue up and out of the vegetated part of the canyon and start to get to the rockier portion of the huge switchback that makes up most of this trail. You'll continue up from this for another mile until you reach a large meadow which is where the switchback turns to the northeast and ascends the last few hundred feet to a saddle (at about 9400 feet of elevation) and a wide ridge with great views of Cherry Peak, Mount Naomi, and the surrounding canyons, as well as a good portion of Cache Valley. From here, the trail descends slightly until you reach the base of Cherry Peak (here is a great opportunity to summit with some easy scrambling) and then descend again until you reach the junction of the Cherry Creek Trail with the High Creek Canyon Trail, as well as the Mount Naomi NRT.

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Tomsen Reed

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  4.6 from 5 votes

#6233

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  4.6 from 5 votes
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#224

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#6,233

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Photos

A view of Mount Naomi and the head of Smithfield Canyon
Jul 31, 2015 near Richmond, UT
There's still a lot of snow up here for early summer!
Jun 18, 2017 near Richmond, UT
It's hard to avoid camping in the snow in the early summer.
Jun 18, 2017 near Richmond, UT
A view of the spectacular Cherry Peak from the high point on the ridge before Cherry Peak.
Jul 31, 2015 near Richmond, UT
A view of Cherry Peak from the trail that skirts under the ridge that forms the east wall of Cherry Creek Canyon
Jul 31, 2015 near Richmond, UT
Enjoy plenty of great views of Cherry Peak along the trail.
Jun 18, 2017 near Richmond, UT

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Aug 29, 2020
David S
Via high creek lake
Jun 15, 2017
Jason Naylor
4.8mi
Aug 1, 2016
Kimberly Cannon
River has completely dried up
Jun 1, 2016
Kimberly Cannon