- Trail Description:
- Road (well maintained), Trail (steep and rough at times)
- Best During:
- July to October
- Trip Distance:
- 20.3 miles
- Ride Time:
- 5 to 6 hours
- Elevation Gain:
- 3,800 feet
- Overall Rating:
- Skilled to Adventurous
- Elevation 2,100 feet. Continue riding up road #73.
- Road #7315 branches off to the left. Turn left following this road for the next 5 miles (ignore lesser spur roads along the way).
- Reach a saddle where road #510 climbs to the right and Sun Top Trail begins on the left. Decision time. The view from the summit of Sun Top Mountain is great, but if it is cloudy or if you want to save your energy for the trail then go left heading up Sun Top Trail. This trail climbs steadily for 1 mile and becomes extremely steep just before it reaches the ridge top.
- Highpoint of ride (elevation 5,440 feet). Enjoy the views before following the trail as it traverses the ridge for another 1.5 miles. The sides here drop off quick so be careful not to get too close to the edge.
- Trail crosses Buck Creek and starts decending towards White River.
- Trail crosses road #7160. Continue decending on trail.
- Trail runs into road #7160 again. Follow this road as it rounds a corner and then pick up the trail again on the right.
- Trial spills out onto a road. Go left and ride out to road 7160.
- Turn right on road #7160 and follow it out to Hwy 410.
- Pass Trailhead for Skookum Flats. If you want to ride even more technical singletrack then follow the Skookum Flats Trail log from mile 0.0. This trail will parallel Hwy 410 for 5 1/2 miles and ends where you parked.
- Reach Hwy 410. Turn left and ride back about 5 miles to road #73.
- Turn left onto road #73.
- Reach your car.
White River Ranger Station
857 Roosevelt Avenue E.
Enumclaw, WA 98022
Mountain Bike Resource - Trails - Sun Top Ride Summary
This is one demanding ride that you won't forget. Climb over 3,800 feet and then the hard part comes. Actually if you enjoy technical single track then you will love this trail. The climb up is well graded and well maintained. You can even shuttle to the top or try to hitch a ride from one of the many cars & trucks that will pass you on a clear weekend day. From the summit you will have 360 degree views including a jaw dropping view of Mount Rainier. If you want to cut out about 500 feet of elevation from this ride then you may wish to skip the final ascent to the summit of Sun Top Mountain and start heading up the Sun Top Trail which also offers incredible views from the ridge it traverses.