Suntop Trail 1183

Area Status: Open

Attaining the summit of Sun Top requires considerable energy, but the views of Mount Rainier and the White River valley below are worth the workout. Keep an eye out for deer and elk that visit the lower sections of this trail.

Start on level ground and hike through old growth timber and gradually climb before crossing road 7160310 at mile 1.0.  Climb into an old harvest unit and meet up with FS road 7160 at mile 2.4 and follow it to the left around a switchback for .1 miles to the trail on the right.

Continue on to the junction with Doe Falls Trail 1174 at mile 2.5 and cross Buck Creek at mile 3.7. Climb to the ridge top and follow it to Forest Service (FS) Road 7315 at mile 7.5. To the left is the junction with spur FS road 7315510, continue to hike from the left (northwest) corner to the lookout. From this point the trail may be hard to follow. At mile 8.0 cross FS road 7315510 and continue to climb to the lookout. Once you reach it, enjoy a commanding panoramic view of the area. On a clear day the view is superb, with Mt. Rainier only 10 miles away to the south, the central Cascades, Olympic Mountains and Mt. Baker 150 miles to the north.

At a Glance

Usage: Medium
Best Season: Summer/Fall
  • Dogs must be on a leash.
  • Use established rings for campfires.
Water: This is a dry trail during summer. Carry water.
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass required at Suntop Trailhead.
Information Center: Check current conditions or call Snoqualmie Ranger District, Enumclaw Office at 360-825-6585.

General Information


Access from Suntop Trailhead and Suntop Picnic Site near the lookout.

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Fire Information Use established rings for campfires.
Difficulty Level: Easy

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  Area/Length : 
8.3 miles

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  Elevation : 
2600 feet - 5400 feet