Cherry Lake sits in the Cherry Valley at a middle elevation of the Sierra Nevada. The visitor sees pines, firs and cedar trees set against the blue jewel of Cherry Lake.
The lower end of the Lake is anchored in the lower Sierran life zones of oak, pine and fire, as can be seen in the new plantations and the old brush fields. The mid Lake is bound by the trees and at its upper reaches by the granite cliffs of the High Sierras.
Deer are common and often seen, coyotes can be heard in the evening and may be seen slinking through the forest, and if you're really lucky you may see a bear. Or a skunk, or bobcat or even a fox. In season flowers can be found such as lupine, indian paintbrush, or snowflower just to mention a few.
While many people come to Cherry Lake it is not a busy "destination" type of place, There is plenty of opportunity to be alone.