Ranger Creek Details
Riding area410 / Mount Rainier North
Voted DifficultyBlue (1 vote)
SeasonMay - Oct
Summer of 2018: Fire damage and consequential water damage from this winter has left much of this trail un-ridable. Please read the trail reports for further information.
Ranger Creek is a great trail to ride. Fairly technical singletrack with exposure, beautiful forests, good climbing, fun descents, technical sections and crazy switchbacks that will challenge the most advanced riders.
Ranger Creek can be combined in various combinations with Noble Knob, Palisades, Skookum Flats and White River to make an top notch mountain ride.
Remember that this is a 2-way trail. Be alert as you smile going downhill.
Palisades has it all - technical singletrack, beautiful forests, good climbing, fun descents, technical sections and views of Mt. Rainier from the Palisade Cliffs that will blow your mind.
Go East on Hwy 410 from Enumclaw about 30 miles, turn south onto Rd 7160, Buck Creek Rd. Go across the bridge and immediately turn left into a parking lot. This is upper Skookum Flats trailhead.
CLIMB THE TRAIL
It's common for riders of Ranger Creek Trail to park at Camp Sheppard as well (east side of 410). Forest Parking Passes are required for all parking areas suggested.
The "easiest" way to reach the Ranger Creek trailhead is climbing Forest Road 72. There is a small turnout at the bottom of the road where you can park and begin the climb. Follow F72 passing all spur roads for 7.4 miles until you reach F7250. Follow F7250 staying right at the Y at 8.5 miles and continuing straight at the intersection at 9.5 miles. The trail begins where the road ends at 10.2 miles. There's an easy to miss trail intersection at 10.5 miles, Ranger Creek drops to the right while Dalles Ridge continues straight. At 11.5 miles the trail splits at the shelter with Ranger Creek dropping and Palisades heading straight up a short climb.
Follow the FR72 route above. There is an adequate parking lot at the road end.
Local Trail Association
More Stats for Ranger Creek mountain bike trail
Altitude change2,429 ft
Altitude min2,536 ft
Altitude max4,967 ft
Altitude start2,536 ft
Altitude end4,965 ft
Distance climb4 miles
Distance down3,929 ft
Distance flat785 ft
Avg reverse time00:35:33
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Ranger Creek Trail Reports
Aug 11, 2018 @ 9:00amAug 11, 2018
|Great climb for 90% of the trail, then you get into the edge of the 2017 Norse Peak Fire and there is a lot of erosion. I would not recommend...|
Jul 7, 2018 @ 8:37pmJul 7, 2018
Jun 30, 2018 @ 2:04pmJun 30, 2018
|The top 2 miles of the trail have a ton of downed trees and erosion. It’s passable but not advisable. Many thanks to the trail crews that have...|
Jun 22, 2018 @ 5:24pmJun 22, 2018
|I rode the Corral Pass Road then over to Ranger Creek today. Not too much snow but there still is some in places after leaving Noble Knob. The...|
Jun 5, 2018 @ 9:47amJun 5, 2018
|Rode FS 7174 up to Noble Knob on 5/2/18. Crossed several downed trees and small snow drifts on Noble but once turned to start down Dalles Ridge...|
Routes with this trail
|Ranger Creek and Palisades Loop||13 miles|
|Suntop 50 - gained elevation is off||50 miles|
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