The best option for accessing Ranger Creek Tr1197 is to shuttle from FR7200/FR7250 or FR7174, leaving non-shuttling riders the tough options of climbing Palisades Tr1198 or climbing FR7174.
White River Trails
About 1.5hrs from downtown Seattle, the White River area trails are extremely popular...and happen to also cover some great terrain.
Skookum Flats Tr1194 can be ridden nearly all year, although the glacial water flow of the White River demands some thermal protection most of the year. The higher elevation trails become available when the snow melts (April-July).
All three ride options lead to a 5mi, 10%+, non-stop, brake-melting downhill, with some cliff exposure just to keep it interesting.
Where to begin? Ranger Creek Tr1197 is described on this page as the downhill section of the Noble Knob Tr1184, starting from FR7174.
Many riders prefer to start from Camp Shepard, avoiding an end of ride trek back to FR7174.
Expect benched singletrack with plenty of rooty terrain which wanders through dense Douglas Fir, and sharp switchbacks that will challenge the technical skills of most riders.
Strong climbers may also want to consider combining Palisades Tr1198 and Ranger Cr Tr1197 into an epic 13mi, 4900' CW Loop, or even extending the loop to Deep Cr Tr1196. The first .5mi of Palisades Tr1198 is hike-a-bike.
Bone Lake Trail 1172.1, Buck Creek Trail 1169, Christoff Trail 1171, Crystal Mountain Trail 1163, Dalles Ridge Trail 1173, Divide Trail 1172, Doe Falls Trail 1174, Grass Mountain Trail 1170, Hen Skin Lake Trail 1193, Noble Knob Trail 1184, Silver Creek Trail 1192, Skookum Flats Trail 1194, Suntop Trail 1183, White River Trail 1199
The Dalles Campground, Silver Springs Campground, Corral Pass Campground, White River Campground
Ranking consistently applied to all of the listed trails.