8.0 miles
1,463 ft
-4,111 ft
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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.

Access Info

Suntop LOOP

From Enumclaw

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.

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More Stats for Suntop mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,648 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,603 ft
  • Altitude max
    1.0 miles
  • Altitude start
    5,251 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,603 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2.5 miles
  • Distance down
    5.2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,243 ft
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on Jun 26, 2016
Avg: 4.15 (7 votes)

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Suntop Trail Reports

Jun 26, 2016 @ 10:00pm
Jun 26, 2016
Rode up 7160, switchbacks in the clear cut are getting very overgrown.
Jun 4, 2016 @ 8:49pm
Jun 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 @ 6:40pm
Apr 3, 2016
Suntop Lookout road is blocked by many downed trees one mile from the turnoff from NF-7300.
May 4, 2015 @ 1:18pm
May 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.
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Nov 5, 2008 @ 2:07pm
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Suntop + Nearly Falling Off a Cliff
7:09 | 562 | Aug 11, 2015 , Greenwater
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