Cherry Peak

Page Type
Mountain/Rock
Location:
Utah, United States, North America
County:
Cache
Activities:
Hiking, Mountaineering, Trad Climbing, Mixed
Season:
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Elevation:
9765 ft / 2976 m
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Cherry Peak
Created On: Jun 27, 2007
Last Edited On: Feb 4, 2008

Overview

Cherry Peak (also known as Cherry Creek Peak) is probably one of the more dramatic peaks in the Bear River Range because of the 700+ ft. vertical drop on it's North Face and it receives its name from all the wild choke cherry trees that grow near Cherry Creek. From the West it appears to be a near perfect pyramid and from the North a giant wall of rock. It is the third highest officially named peak in the Bear River Range and the fourth actual highest. (Bullen Hole Peak is higher at 9,828 ft. but the name is unofficial.) It is one of the few major peaks in the range that lie completely within the Mt. Naomi Wilderness Area and it lies about a mile Northwest of Naomi Peak itself. High Creek Lake is at the base of the mountain on the east.
Cherry Peak is most visible from Richmond, Utah as the town is situated directly in the mouth of Cherry Creek Canyon. It is difficult to see from other areas in Cache Valley because Prater Mountain blocks the view to the North and City Creek Peak blocks it on the South. It is not visible from the Bear Lake Valley to the East as it is situated on the Western side of the range.
Cherry Peak s North FaceThe North face of Cherry Peak

Any approach to the mountain will be challenging and fun. Some routes are more difficult with regard to time, length, and technicality. The North face could offer some fun class 4-5 climbing and would be one of the few peaks in the range to offer a climb of that difficulty. The other approaches would be in the class 2-3 range.

Getting There

There are 3 different approaches possible to this peak.

Tony Grove Trailhead


From Logan, Utah take 400 North which turns into US 89 and goes through Logan Canyon. Turn off the highway when you get to the Tony Grove Lake road and drive to the parking lot/trailhead at the end of the road. Follow the Naomi Peak Trail up over Naomi Peak and continue to follow the trail past it. Cherry Peak will be visible to you directly ahead of you from this point. You will lose about 800 ft. of elevation going down into the pass between Naomi and Cherry Peak. The pass is just above High Creek Lake as well and will start to climb up the South side of Cherry Peak to the West of the lake. The trail will lead to a ridge about 300 ft. below the summit (pt. 9400). Leave the trail and follow the ridge to the top from here.
Total Distance: 4.42 miles
From Tony GroveThe Tony Grove Route


High Creek Trailhead


Drive North on US 91 to Cove, Utah and turn off the highway at the High Creek sign. Drive to the end of High Creek road to the parking lot there. Then follow the High Creek Lake Trail (also called the South Fork High Creek Tral) to the lake. The trail continues on past the lake and joins the trail coming over from Tony Grove. From there use the same route as the Tony Grove trail.
Total Distance: 5.86 miles
From High CreekThe Route from High Creek


Cherry Creek Route


This is probably the most wearying of the three approaches as it starts at about 5,800 ft. and climbs to the top at 9,765 ft., an elevation gain of nearly 4,000 ft in less than 5 miles!
Drive from Logan North on US 89 to Richmond, Utah. Turn onto the main street of Richmond and get on 500 North. This turns into Cherry Creek Road and follow it til it ends at the trail head. Follow the trail all the way to the back of the canyon where it will start climbing to the ridge South of the peak. (9,400 ft.) Leave the trail on the ridge and scramble your way to the top.
Total Distance: 4.58 miles
From Cherry CreekThe route fro Cherry Creek.

Red Tape

Prater, Cherry, and City Creek PeaksPrater Mountain, Cherry Peak, and City Creek Peak
Cherry Peak SummitCherry Peak from just below
Cherry peak is in the heart of the Mt. Naomi Wilderness. No motorized traffic is permitted. There are also no fires permitted outside of a regular campground and even then in dry years there is a forest-wide ban on fires. Bring a camp stove if you plan to stay overnight but this mountain can usually be climbed in one really long day from any of these routes. You do not need a backcountry permit but at High Creek and Tony Grove Trailheads there is a register that you need to sign before you start.
You will want to bring plenty of water and a water filter as well because there is water available at some point on each of the routes. Sometimes the water dries up in exceptionally dry years. High Creek Lake is always full though. (And COLD!)

Camping

Cherry PeakCherry Peak from Naomi Peak
There is a campground at Tony Grove Lake and at the High Creek trailhead. Other than that the best place to camp would probably be at High Creek Lake or in the trees just befor the beaver dams in High Creek Canyon. There are plenty of suitible places along each of the routes though. Camping is permitted just about anywhere as long as you don't build a fire and clean up after yourself. Once again, this mountain can usually be climbed in one long day.

External Links

Here's some cool photos of Cherry Peak and the surrounding Bear River range in the winter.