Suntop view provides an excellent view of Mt. Rainier that can only be equaled or surpassed by only a few trails open to bikes. A marvelous view from the top, the trail is fairly groomed and straight. Nice forest with open fast easier trail.
This can be ridden as several variations: loop (most commonly finishing on the Skookum Flats trail or the road), shuttle since there is parking at the top, or out and back (for the very ambitious climber).
The most popular route is a loop: park at the lower Skookum Flats parking area, climb the forest road, descend the trail, and finish with Skookum Flats. Some choose to access the last third of the trail by starting at Skookum Flats upper trailhead parking on Forest Road 7160. Climbing up the same forest road, ignoring 1 spur to the right, and ignoring a spur to the left. Very close to the end of the road see the trail on the right. This route is commonly referred to as "Fawn Ridge".
Fast and flowy, minimal dismounts, heavy canopy, well-drained. Suntop lookout is at 5200', so check snow levels before you head out.
Hwy 410 southeast for 25 miles
Right on Rd 73 just after mile maker 49 (just after the Mt Rainier vantage point)
Drive over the bridge and park on the right at the lower Skookum Flats parking area (NW Forest Pass Required)
Ride your bike to the right out of the parking lot to continue onto Rd 73.
Do everything above except park
Continue on Rd 73 for about 1 mile until a fork in the road
Left at the fork onto Rd 7315 (There's a sign for the Suntop Lookout)
Continue 5 miles to the trailhead and parking area. Ignore smaller spur roads.
Local Trail Association
More Stats for Suntop mountain bike trail
Altitude change-2,648 ft
Altitude min2,603 ft
Altitude max1.0 miles
Altitude start5,251 ft
Altitude end2,603 ft
Distance climb2.5 miles
Distance down5.2 miles
Distance flat1,243 ft
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Suntop Trail Reports
Jun 26, 2016 @ 10:00pmJun 26, 2016
|Rode up 7160, switchbacks in the clear cut are getting very overgrown.|
Jun 4, 2016 @ 8:49pmJun 4, 2016
|Upper portion has LOTS of downed trees. Not worth riding at this time. The lower half is in great shape though.|
Apr 3, 2016 @ 6:40pmApr 3, 2016
|Suntop Lookout road is blocked by many downed trees one mile from the turnoff from NF-7300.|
May 4, 2015 @ 1:18pmMay 4, 2015
|Upper suntop still has 10-12 Snow patches lingering. Wait another week or two to ride the upper portion. The lower portion is primo right now though.|
Routes with this trail
|Suntop 50 - gained elevation is off||50.2 miles|
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