4 miles
Distance
2,860 ft
Climb
-431 ft
Descent
01:39:09
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Ranger Creek Trail

Ranger Creek Details

  • 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
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #12588 in Mountain Biking
  • 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 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
    01:39:09
  • Avg reverse time
    00:35:33
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Status:
on Sep 27, 2018
Dry
Avg: 4.55 (11 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
LEGEND
Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • 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 Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • 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
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
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Ranger Creek Trail Reports

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Sep 27, 2018 @ 10:25am
Sep 27, 2018
A few spots where the trail is washed out from fire damage. Beautiful trail still very rideable.
Aug 11, 2018 @ 9:00am
Aug 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 @ 8:37pm
Jul 7, 2018
Jun 30, 2018 @ 2:04pm
Jun 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 @ 5:24pm
Jun 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...
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Oct 4, 2018 @ 1:39am
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Ranger Creek, Puyallup
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Oct 4, 2018 @ 1:26am
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Ranger Creek, Puyallup
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Jan 13, 2014 @ 2:28am
Jan 13, 2014
Ranger Creek, Enumclaw
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Jul 17, 2012 @ 9:47pm
Jul 17, 2012
Ranger Creek, Greenwater

Routes with this trail

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Ranger Creek and Palisades Loop
13 miles
Suntop 50 - gained elevation is off
50 miles

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