8 miles
Distance
1,491 ft
Climb
-4,133 ft
Descent
01:32:04
Avg time
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Suntop Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    410 / Mount Rainier North
    Greenwater, Washington
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #13114 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in E-Biking
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • 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
    -2,642 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,604 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,439 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,246 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,604 ft
  • Grade
    -6.269%
  • Grade max
    -56.808%
  • Grade min
    43.888%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,297 ft
  • Avg time
    01:32:04
  • Avg reverse time
    01:08:10
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Status:
on May 10, 2020
Dry
Avg: 4.55 (17 votes)

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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
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  • Prevalent Mud
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  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
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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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  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
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  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
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  • Dock Dock
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      Suntop Trail Reports

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      May 10, 2020 @ 6:15pm
      May 10, 2020
      The road to lower Suntop has a couple feet of snow but the trail is pretty much clear from the lower road junction with just 2-3 fallen trees
      Nov 2, 2019 @ 9:43pm
      Nov 2, 2019
      Patches of snow on the upper section. Otherwise dry and awesome!
      Oct 6, 2019 @ 11:38am
      Oct 6, 2019
      Recent wet weather made the road climb fairly smooth. The suntop trail itself was a bit muddy but still very rideable. Not much daylight these...
      Sep 9, 2019 @ 8:10pm
      Sep 9, 2019
      I'd been told the trail would be very dusty - instead most of the top 1/3 of trail had a stream running down it No Trees down - and only a few...
      Jul 13, 2019 @ 8:59am
      Jul 13, 2019
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      Routes with this trail

      titleratingdistance
      Suntop 50 - gained elevation is off
      50 miles

      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 2
      flag 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.
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      • + 1
      flag boxxerace TRAILFORKS (Sep 4, 2019 at 9:41)
       I'll get that adjusted, thanks SW!
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