I highlighted a map of my walk today, which ended up being 16.7 miles round trip.
|The Ranger Creek trail and a portion of the Dalles Ridge Trail|
|Turn off to Buck Creek from Highway 410|
|The start of the trail leading to the Ranger Creek Trail. The trail starts just after the "Pass with Care" sign.|
The trail is very well maintained, basically because it is often used by mountain bikers. I only saw two on my trip, but I presume on a sunny weekend, there would be more.
|Sign at the top of the little trail leading from the highway. Ranger Creek is 1/4 up the hill.|
|Start of the Ranger Creek Trail, about 1/4 mile up from the highway|
At about 3 miles, there is a short spur trail leading to a rocky viewpoint. Of course, being a rainy day, this is all I saw. But I hear that the view of the White River valley is spectacular from this spot. This would also make a good turn-around point for a shorter day hike.
|Rocky Viewpoint - kinda cloudy today. Also, the rocks were slippery!|
|Boy Scout log cabin on the Ranger Creek Trail|
|Sub-alpine forest above the Boy Scout log cabin|
|Snow and icy patches on the north side of the slope blocked my path.|
|Forest artwork on a rock. The rock is kinda in the shape of a heart!|
|Flowers along the trail|
I hit the trail at 7 AM, and was back by 12:45. A great trip for just under five hours!