8 miles
Distance
1,491 ft
Climb
-4,133 ft
Descent
01:28:53
Avg time
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Suntop Details

  • 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
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #13114 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain 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.

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More Stats for Suntop 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
    01:28:53
  • Avg reverse time
    00:00:26
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Status:
on Nov 20, 2018
Freeze/thaw Cycle
Avg: 4.45 (15 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Sight Sight
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      Suntop Trail Reports

      datedescription
      Nov 20, 2018 @ 11:23am
      Nov 20, 2018
      Super good
      Oct 15, 2018 @ 10:24pm
      Oct 15, 2018
      Hero dirt! Some turned up sections with loose rock but running great
      Sep 2, 2018 @ 9:26pm
      Sep 2, 2018
      Running great, not to moist not to dry.
      Jul 4, 2018 @ 7:06pm
      Jul 4, 2018
      Perfect!
      Jun 19, 2018 @ 5:48pm
      Jun 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. ...
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