Suntop Lookout

This old fire lookout is located at 5280 feet, with incredible views of Mt. Rainier and all the Cascades.  It’s an awesome place for views, but we also like to go up there for a picnic lunch, or to hang out and watch the sunset across the Enumclaw plateau.  Amazingly, you can look across the White River Valley and see Snoquera Falls plunging 250 feet to its base, or if you look really hard, you can even see our party tent in the field at Alta Crystal Resort.

To get to Suntop, take Forest Service Road 73 to Forest Service Road  7315.  Both are gravel roads that are in decent shape, but expect a few pot holes and “washboard-y” conditions on 7315 to the top.  (In other words, we wouldn’t take our favorite sports car up there!)  There has been logging along the road, so the fauna isn't as gorgeous as some other areas, but the views at the top are worth it. 

FS 7315 is now open to the last gate, so the Lookout is an easy 1-mile hike (each way) on the road, or a steep 1/2 mile (each way) hike on the trail.  Most times, we walk up the road and walk back down the trail for different views.  The lookout is still used to watch for forest fires, and when it is staffed by volunteers, you can actually drive to the top.