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-2,645 ft
Altitude min2,604 ft
Altitude max5,436 ft
Altitude start5,249 ft
Altitude end2,604 ft
Distance climb3 miles
Distance down5 miles
Distance flat931 ft
Avg reverse time00:00:26
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Suntop Trail Reports
Jul 4, 2018 @ 7:06pmJul 4, 2018
Jun 19, 2018 @ 5:48pmJun 19, 2018
|One short section of several patches of standing snow around the halfway mark near an obvious drainage, had to push the bikes a few hundred feet. ...|
Oct 16, 2017 @ 7:52amOct 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 @ 10:43amOct 15, 2017
|Lots of snow, even on lower Suntop|
Jul 25, 2017 @ 9:04pmJul 25, 2017
|reporter Thick dust and marbles galore. Still a fun ride.|
Routes with this trail
|Suntop 50 - gained elevation is off||50 miles|
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