Ranger Creek Details
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.
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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.
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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 time00:34:31
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Ranger Creek Trail Reports
Jun 26, 2017 @ 7:40amJun 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 @ 8:44pmJun 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 @ 7:04pmMay 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 @ 1:54pmMay 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 @ 3:45pmNov 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...|
Routes with this trail
|Ranger Creek and Palisades Loop||13 miles|
|Suntop 50 - gained elevation is off||50 miles|
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