Dalles Ridge Loop

Greenwater, Washington 98022

Dalles Ridge Loop

Dalles Ridge Loop Professional Review and Guide

"This is a demanding 22.3-mile training ride. The loop begins with a real lip-chapper- 10 miles of steady climbing on gravel roads (including 3.5 miles of steep climbing). Your stay on Dalles Ridge is brief- one-half mile of moderately difficult to steep uphills. The descent form the mountain involves a great deal of walking and carrying your bike. This is not what most cyclists would call a fun downhill.

Ranger Creek Trail descends a steep drainage with severe switchbacks, most of which are too tight to ride. Huge root obstacles are common. we counted over 30 unrideable sections of trail (not including countless dabs). Ranger Creek Trail spits you out onto White River Trail for 3 sweet miles of challenging singletrack. The trip ends with 3.2 miles on the highway. Scenery: Excellent views from clear-cuts on gravel road climb."

Dalles Ridge Loop Reviews

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This is one of Washington's classic mtb rides. But don't be fooled, it's both physically and technically challenging. The top sections of the trail are the most technical. We road up Corral Pass road, which I much prefer to FS 72, as described in most books. It's steeper, but cuts the distance down considerably. We came down Ranger Creek trail, which is known for its challenging switchbacks which traverse the steep hillside. You can also come down the Deep Creek or Palisades trails. Deep Creek is a little steeper, and even more technical. Palisades is a little longer, but you have to portage your bike down a steep section towards the bottom. We also added Skookum Flats to our ride, which made for a 30 mile loop. All trails are in great shape right now. After the first good rains, Ranger Creek gets pretty soupy, and somewhat unridable, so go soon, or wait until next year.
Beautiful trail, nice climb and superb downhill. I love that trail.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
3,840 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
late June through September; avoid when it's wet.
2,160 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,500 feet
Top Elevation
White River Ranger District, 360-825-6585
Local Contacts
White River Ranger District map. USGS 7.5: Sun Top.
Local Maps

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Jul 2018