8 miles
Distance
1,491 ft
Climb
-4,136 ft
Descent
01:29:45
Avg time
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Suntop Details

  • Riding area
    410 / Mount Rainier North
    Greenwater, Washington
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Global Ranking
  • 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.

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
More Stats for Suntop mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,645 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,604 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,436 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,249 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,604 ft
  • Grade
    -6.275%
  • Grade max
    -56.551%
  • Grade min
    39.633%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    931 ft
  • Avg time
    01:29:45
  • Avg reverse time
    00:00:26
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Status:
on Oct 16, 2017
Snow Covered
Avg: 4.4 (10 votes)

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Suntop Trail Reports

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Oct 16, 2017 @ 7:52am
Oct 16, 2017
Upper Suntop is endless slush but lower Suntop is actually in very good shape just a bit wet at first because of melted snow. Very tacky thru the...
Oct 15, 2017 @ 10:43am
Oct 15, 2017
Lots of snow, even on lower Suntop
Jul 25, 2017 @ 9:04pm
Jul 25, 2017
reporter Thick dust and marbles galore. Still a fun ride.
Jul 17, 2017 @ 8:45pm
Jul 17, 2017
The trail is in great shape although it is a bit dry and dusty along the switchbacks. Two things to note about this trail: 1). The portion from...
Jul 16, 2017 @ 9:24pm
Jul 16, 2017
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Jun 4, 2016 @ 8:51pm
Jun 4, 2016
Suntop, Kirkland

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Suntop + Nearly Falling Off a Cliff
7:09 | 700 | Aug 11, 2015 , Greenwater
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