8.0 miles
Distance
896 ft
Climb
-3,546 ft
Descent
01:47:12
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Suntop Trail

  • USFS
    Land Manager

Suntop Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Dirtbike/Moto
  • Riding Area
    410 / Mount Rainier North
    Greenwater, Washington
  • Ref Number
    #1183
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    XC
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • Global Ranking
    #13114 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    90 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 100 in E-Biking
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
    • 5 in Dirtbiking
  • Land Manager
    USFS

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.

This is a multi use trail so be courteous and follow right of way rules, please dont deface trail markers and read forest service page before riding

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.
Suntop SHUTTLE

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
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Suntop bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,650 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,591 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,417 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,240 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,592 ft
  • Grade
    -6.3%
  • Grade max
    -79.3%
  • Grade min
    40.4%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,207 ft
  • Avg time
    01:47:12
  • Avg reverse time
    03:11:05
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Status:
on Jul 13, 2021
Dry
Avg: 4.45 (20 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Suntop Trail Reports

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      Jul 13, 2021 @ 3:38pm
      Jul 13, 2021
      Getting a little dusty up top, especially in the switchbacks. Other than that, all clear and running excellent.
      Jul 2, 2021 @ 12:47pm
      Jul 2, 2021
      No Snow or Trees Down, all clear!
      Jun 21, 2021 @ 12:18pm
      Jun 21, 2021
      The trail is a little ride-able from the top till intersection w/ NF-7160. Snow patches and fallen trees. You can get trough it but that's maybe ...
      Jun 21, 2021 @ 8:05am
      Jun 21, 2021
      Second hand report from folks I met in the parking lot. They reported 0.5 mile of snow that they pushed through without too much trouble, and...
      Aug 15, 2020 @ 10:18pm
      Aug 15, 2020
      The trail rode great in some places, but was very dry and loose in others. The Switchbacks in the lower section are very dry and loose, as are...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 4 rides
      • 30 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 17 rides
      • 22 miles avg distance
      All
      • 238 rides
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      Routes with this trail

      titleratingdistance
      Suntop 50 - gained elevation is off
      50 miles

      4 Reviews & Comments

      • + 2
      swartzie (Sep 3, 2019 at 11:42)
       The location of the "shuttle drop off" cannot be reached. The NSFS has permanently closed the gate (unless you have a key via volunteering at the lookout) due to vandalism. You can still shuttle 7315 but you must park at the designated parking area.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      boxxerace TRAILFORKS (Sep 4, 2019 at 9:41)
       I'll get that adjusted, thanks SW!
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      briansargent44 (Jun 22, 2020 at 18:03)
       This is also a moto trail.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Porterstone (Jul 5, 2020 at 7:51)
       Running great. All dry and loamy. Except for the moto jerks it was a perfect Independence Day.
      Beware first timers, the climbing is not finished at the look out. Well worth the pain!
      [Reply]

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