4 miles
Distance
2,860 ft
Climb
-431 ft
Descent
01:39:15
Avg time
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Ranger Creek Details

  • Riding area
    410 / Mount Rainier North
    Greenwater, Washington
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    May - Oct
  • Global Ranking
    #8752
  • Land Manager
    USFS

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.

Access Info

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.

ALTERNATE ROUTE:

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.

SHUTTLE:

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 change
    2,429 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,536 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,967 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,536 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,965 ft
  • Grade
    10.336%
  • Grade max
    -40.407%
  • Grade min
    65.739%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    3,929 ft
  • Distance flat
    785 ft
  • Avg time
    01:39:15
  • Avg reverse time
    00:34:57
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on Jun 26, 2017
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Avg: 4.5 (10 votes)

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Ranger Creek Trail Reports

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Jun 26, 2017 @ 7:40am
Jun 26, 2017
All clear of snow all the way to the Dalles Ridge junction. There is a large washout/landslide at a switchback about 4 miles up from hwy 410 if...
Jun 4, 2017 @ 8:44pm
Jun 4, 2017
Significant amt of snow on FS 72 about 2.5 miles below the parking lot, so it's a long hike to the trailhead. THEN there is a lot of snow from the...
May 28, 2017 @ 7:04pm
May 28, 2017
Did an OAB on Ranger today. Great up to about mile past little ranger peak viewpoint. Past that, the last half mile to the cabin was hike a bike...
May 12, 2017 @ 1:54pm
May 12, 2017
I rode OAB back to the little ranger peak cabin. It was snow-free and great tacky conditions all the way. There are 3 blow-downs that require...
Nov 20, 2016 @ 3:45pm
Nov 20, 2016
Rode up Ranger creek and down Palasades mostly clear of snow. Up to 1/2 of snow in shady areas but still mostly rideable. More snow in days to...
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Ranger Creek, Auburn

Routes with this trail

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Ranger Creek and Palisades Loop
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