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Ranger Creek Trail #1197

 4.5 (4)

5.3 Miles 8.6 Kilometers


Singletrack

137' 42 m

Ascent

-2,965' -904 m

Descent

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

5,480' 1,670 m

High

2,652' 808 m

Low

Conditions


Bad / Closed 55 days ago
Fallen Trees - Need to hike-a-bike the top section. Wouldn’t recommend. History

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A fast downhill romp with multiple switchbacks and technical sections to navigate.

Anthony Harasimowicz

Dogs Off-leash

Features -none-

The road to access the trailhead is seasonally open to vehicle traffic. Check the current status from the USFS by clicking here. Entrance and parking requires a Northwest Forest Pass.

Description

The Ranger Creek Trail is typically accessed from either climbing up FS 72 (or the alternate route of FS 7174, Noble Knob Trail #1184, and the Dalles Ridge Trail #1173). This forested downhill route has multiple switchbacks packed with roots and rocks. There are a few opportunities to recover and rest at either the Ranger Creek Shelter or the short spur trail leading out to the Little Ranger Creek viewpoint. The bottom end of the trail connects with the White River Trail #1199 allowing for longer loop options.

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  4.5 from 4 votes

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in Washington

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Hiked this today with a friend and my dog. I see your comment that dogs are not allowed on this trail. Is this intended to keep MTB riders from bringing their dogs or...? It is my understanding that this is originally a hiking trail that has become very popular with MTB riders for both cranking and bombing. First time on it today scouting to ride it ASA the snow recedes. Not writing to be a whiner/bitcher hiker vs. biker.....I love them both! Just trying to understand the no dogs claim. It's my understanding that dogs are allowed pretty much everywhere except Rainier National Park... Trail report as of 3/19/16: Thinking we crawled over/under around 20 downed trees across the trail between Buck Creek and the final tight switchbacks before the Palisades Trail intersection. Lost the trail under knee deep snow and the dog had had enough, so back down we went... Mar 19, 2016

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