4 miles
Distance
2,860 ft
Climb
-431 ft
Descent
01:45:09
Avg time
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Ranger Creek Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    410 / Mount Rainier North
    Greenwater, Washington
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    May - Oct
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #12588 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    USFS

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.

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
    01:45:09
  • Avg reverse time
    00:54:15
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Status:
on May 23, 2020
Ideal
Avg: 4.55 (13 votes)

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  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
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      Ranger Creek Trail Reports

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      May 23, 2020 @ 4:23pm
      May 23, 2020
      Snow free. 1 tree down across the trail a little less than halfway up. The mud on the trail is really sticky. Beware of hikers. I about gave a...
      May 10, 2020 @ 6:13pm
      May 10, 2020
      All clear and dry up to little ranger view point. Likely snow not far above
      Apr 17, 2020 @ 2:22pm
      Apr 17, 2020
      Oct 24, 2019 @ 9:12am
      Oct 24, 2019
      Recent snow is just about gone. Non-issue. Trail in the burn area is thin and washed away here and there. Lots more walking on the up. Most of...
      Sep 11, 2019 @ 7:17pm
      Sep 11, 2019
      Without a tree canopy the tread has washed away in numerous spots through the burn areas. I would not consider this a mtn bike trail anymore. It...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 3 rides
      • 20 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 21 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
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      • 248 rides
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      Routes with this trail

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      23 miles

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