For Seattle-area folks, Cherry Creek Falls is relatively close by, just a few miles outside the nearby town of Duvall.
A five mile round-trip hike through mossy rainforest takes you to the falls and back. At first, you’ll take what feels like a trip back in time, traveling the remains of a long-abandoned road, passing an ancient crashed car or two along the way. Eventually, though, you’ll leave the old road behind and delve deeper into the forest, following a network of paths past several little waterways and possibly encountering a few communities of bees and mosquitoes if you don’t keep moving, before reaching the falls — a nice spot for a picnic or a little wading.
The trip through the forest is picturesque and sometimes mysterious, though a little bushwhacking can occasionally be required. The falls are a pleasant reward, and this hike is an easy way to get outside and get a little exercise.