Trail is Wet
on 4/6/14 by delphinide
 
  
Ranger Creek
Avg Rating: (4.50 out of 5) 2 trail reviews
Difficulty: Advanced bike trail - Advanced
Length: 23 miles Global Rank: #1137
Tread: Singletrack Configuration: Loop
Ridden: 10 Wishlist: 6
0 trail check-ins Climb // Descend
+1,800 // -900 feet
 
 
 
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Description
The ride starts w/ a 10 mile climb up forest service roads. You'll start on forest road 72 for 7.4 miles. Then make a right up road 7250 and you'll come to an intersection at 9.6 miles. Take road 210 which ends at 10.2 miles. This will bring you to the beginning of the Dalles Ridge Trail #1197. Take this trail up for about 1/2 mile to Ranger Creek Trail #1197 and take the sharp right downhill. Don't miss it. Then let the good times roll all the way down to HWY 410.There is another trail that runs along side 410 and take you back to forest service road 72 and back to your car.


This is not the easiest ride but well worth it. The clinb up the forest service roads is a pain(Ihate riding the roads) but the veiws of the Cascades is awesome! The ride down is pretty steep at times w/ tight switchbacks.


added by Josh_Kilpatrick Bunny Hop on January 9, 2009

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delphinide on April 6, 2014
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Review: I intended to follow the trail directions and follow FS72 up the fire road to descend this, but after riding Skookum Flats first, I met another rider who attempted it that day and said that snow blocked elevations above 3700 feet, resulting in a significant snow hike-a-bike. Unwilling to do that, I instead elected to climb this from 410 East highway and see how far I could get. It was a steep pitch littered with wet rocks, roots, and some surprisingly tight switchbacks--most of which I was unable to clear up or down. Despite some really steep grades, I was able to ride most of this, although I decided to turn around about 2.5 miles in due to time/weather. I'd love to ride this downhill only in the summer when things are dry. I'm surprised there is only one other review of this trail, and no photos (which I'll add today) because this trail is AWESOME. Even better, you can add it to Skookum Flats and/or Crystal Mountain if you are in the area for a couple of days, and even squeeze in an eastern Mt Ranier hike if you have the time. Camping is abundant, and there are also cabin rentals on Hwy 410 (ALTA is one, which also has snacks/water FYI). You can park in Buck Creek campground and ride west on Skookum, then ride E on 410 E to access the trailhead parking on the left (small dirt lot) if you do not elect to ride up/shuttle FS72. Note: some parking areas require a "Discovery Pass" to park (purchased online unfortunately)--Buck Creek is not one of them. Also, expect very little to no cell or mobile data reception here, though on some of the higher spots of the trail you may be able to send a text. My Strava GPS recorded the entire ride, surprisingly. Have fun and be careful--these are some deep, dark woods!!

Similar Trail: Skookum

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Martin_Wilder on May 18, 2011
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Review: We did this as a shuttle, I know weak, but we were time crunched. The first third is as flowy and smooth a single track as you have ever seen. At the horse shelter, where Palisades and Ranger intersect, the steep tight switchbacks begin. This has a monster elevation drop and it's tight. The last third is as close to how an Ewok in Star Wars must have felt.... flowy, smooth and too much fun. I recommend you cross 410 and ride Scookum Flats back to your shuttle car. That's a good day!

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backcountry   busy   camping   climbing   cross country   Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance   forest   hikers   Hwy 410   loamy   loop   narrow   night riding   single track   steep   switchbacks   trail system   USFS   woods