Sun Top Lookout


Intermediate Snowshoe - Sun Top

Hoping for sun and views of Rainier. Mostly-road snowshoe in the rain shadow of Mt. Rainier.

  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,000 ft
  • Pace: Moderate, depends on snow conditions

0800 at Huckleberry Creek Sno-Park on FS 73

The leader has done this route many times. Unless there is some low-elevation snow right before the trip, there is some walking before snowshoes are donned. Don't let the fact that this is on a road fool you, it is steep in places and the section on-trail just below the lookout is very steep in a few spots.

Glorious views of Rainier and beyond can be had from the summit if clear.  Low elevation of the Sno-Park means it is usually easy to access in winter. 

Pace will depend on snow conditions. The walking part at the beginning/end of this trip is usually faster than the part on snow. New snow will slow us down, crusty snow should speed us up, assuming it is a supportable crust.  The last section on trail below the lookout is usually the slowest part but is very short. 

Goals for this trip are:

1. Have fun.

2. Be safe.

3. Make it to the top of SunTop.

Expectations for trip participants:

1. Be prepared.

2. Respect others.

3. Practice LNT principles.

4. Have the physical conditioning necessary for this strenuous trip. 


Sun Top Lookout

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